ETrust Antivirus 7.1 streamlines security management

Computer Associates International Inc. last week announced the latest version of its virus management solution, eTrust Antivirus. The new features are designed to help customers to fend off the onslaught of viruses and worms across large, heterogeneous ICT environments.

According to a recent survey by Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), more than 80 percent of security breaches are attributable to inadequate security administration and/or insufficient ICT security knowledge. ETrust Antivirus 7.1 is designed to address these challenges directly, by ensuring that its safeguards are implemented at all potential points of vulnerability, enabling security administrators to effectively protect the enterprise from new and mutating threats.

"The challenge in fighting virus attacks has more to do with distributing and updating protection everywhere it is needed, than it does with the anti-virus scanning itself," says Jim Vellella, associate director of technical services at the Pittsburgh Medical Center. "By simplifying and streamlining our ongoing anti-virus activities, this latest version of eTrust Antivirus is enabling us to take control and further reduce our exposure to malicious code without requiring us to devote additional staff to anti-virus administration."

New features in the latest version of eTrust Antivirus are said to include:

-- A centralized management console to protect across Windows, NetWare, Macintosh, Unix and Linux environments;

-- Administrative controls for managing ICT environments of virtually any size with maximum time and resource efficiency;

-- More than 60 out-of-the-box reports that keep security managers informed about threat levels, sources of infection, "Top Ten" virus attacks, signature exceptions, and other critical vulnerability indicators;

-- Native support for Microsoft 64-bit Windows Server 2003 for Intel and AMD and added support for Network Appliance's Filer storage device;

-- Enhanced support for PDA, Macintosh, Linux, zSeries Linux, Unix and NetWare platforms;

-- Auto-discovery of unprotected assets;

-- Integration with CA's eTrust Security Command Center, enabling organizations to better assess their real-time security risks and to take corrective action;

-- Integration with CA's Unicenter for common event notification;

-- Integration with CA's BrightStor ARCserve Backup for secure data protection.

"No customer has unlimited resources to throw at virus protection, despite the importance of protecting the enterprise against the torrent of threats that it faces," says Brad Meehan, director of eTrust security management at CA. "With eTrust Antivirus, CA has delivered the industry's most effective solution for managing virus protection across the enterprise."

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