Road Runner brings protection to high-speed Net users

JOHANNESBURG (01/14/2004) - Road Runner LLC, a Time Warner Cable company, has announced an agreement with Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) to offer anti-virus and firewall software to protect the computers of high-speed Internet customers.

The offer takes effect this week.

The agreement enables Road Runner subscribers to use CA's eTrust EZ Armor anti-virus and firewall desktop security suite at no charge, for as long as they subscribe to Road Runner's Internet service. Combining anti-virus technology with industrial-strength firewall protection, CA's eTrust EZ Armor is designed to dramatically improve the safety of individual home PC use and greatly limit the proliferation of Internet threats. It normally retails for US$49,95.

CA's eTrust EZ Armor aims to leverage CA's core enterprise security technologies, used by thousands of companies around the world to secure their businesses. Said to be extremely easy to install and use, it provides automatic virus updates, advanced e-mail attachment protection, firewall settings, activity control to stop Web site monitoring, ad blocking and cookie control features, the company adds.

"The new Road Runner service has been developed so that customers can dramatically personalize the home page, enjoy truly localized content and utilize effective, user-friendly security functionality from Computer Associates," says Jeff King, executive vice-president, Time Warner Cable Network Services, and president, Road Runner. "We are pleased to be the first to provide broadband consumers with a residential broadband security solution from a known software leader in the commercial environment."

The Road Runner service is delivered to 3.5 million consumers and businesses through a combination of Road Runner's all fiber-optic national and regional networks, and the local cable operator's hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) infrastructure. It is available in 54 major urban and suburban areas.

"Effective, easy-to-use security is vital to support the huge wave of consumer broadband users now coming online," says George Kafkarkou, senior vice-president of CA's worldwide channel operations. "That is why Road Runner is making CA's eTrust EZ Armor an integral element of the total value proposition offered to its subscribers."

Trident Tek Inc., a CA channel partner and supplier of software solutions to Road Runner, brought the two companies together.

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