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Microsoft Releases New Antigen Security Suite

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#1 quietman7


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Posted 07 June 2006 - 09:45 AM

Microsoft's big push into the enterprise anti-virus market took another step forward June 6 with the release of a completely revamped Antigen e-mail security product suite...The Antigen line gives customers a choice of as many as nine anti-virus scanning engines from third-party vendors Network Associates, Norman Data Defense Systems, Sophos, Computer Associates, Kaspersky Lab, MailFilters, VirusBuster, AhnLab and Authentium.

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 10:33 AM

Eugene Kaspersky has published an article entitled Changes in the antivirus industry, much of which focuses on the impact of MS's entry into the security arena and market.

Over the past few years, the antivirus industry has undergone some major changes. The market leader has changed (McAfee has lost ground to Symantec), some independent antivirus companies have either disappeared from the market or have been taken over (the Romanian company RAV and the Australian company VET), and new players (BitDefender, ClamAV) have appeared.

The major factors "currently influencing the antivirus industry":

Factor 1: Continuing criminalization of the Internet
Factor 2: Increased variety of malware and attack methods
Factor 3: Microsoft

Microsoft is going to be seriously focussing on the security solutions market; this will include developing antivirus solutions. The antivirus industry is in a state of shock - everyone remembers Netscape and other independent projects, which either significantly lost market share or disappeared altogether after Microsoft produced similar products. Microsoft is planning to bring the following to the market:

*antivirus for home PCs
*antivirus for workstations (planned for the future)
*solutions for MS Exchange (using the multi-engine Antigen from Sybari)

Of course, the appearance of this commercial giant will be a heavy blow to other manufacturers. But just how heavy will the blow be?

You'll have to read the entire article for Kaspersky's analyses of what the answer to that question might be: http://www.kaspersky.com/cyberthreats?chapter=188361044

One thing that is unclear to me is if the multi-engine Anitgen will be available to home users, which it doesn't appear to be at present.

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