CA integrates PestPatrol anti-spyware

New version promises faster detection and removal of 'pests'

Computer Associates International (CA) will announce Monday that it has integrated an anti-spyware product from its purchase of PestPatrol with its own eTrust Security Management portfolio.

CA purchased PestPatrol and its flagship anti-spyware product Aug. 16, and had been selling the software separately.

Called eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware r5, the integrated product includes faster detection and removal and an enhanced graphical interface. "We made some bug fixes and created a common look and feel with other CA security products," said Sam Curry, vice president of CA's eTrust Security Management unit. "As we go forward, we will develop common architectural features for management with other CA products."

The product allows security administrators to centrally manage anti-spyware protection for network desktops locally and remotely. From a management console, administrators can activate manual or automated pest scans of any desktop on the network and monitor detection, quarantining, removal, and event logging, Curry said. The product can detect 28,000 pests, such as spyware, adware, and trojans.

The anti-spyware is supported by the CA Security Advisor, which offers vulnerability and configuration research and monitoring and protection against malicious code, spyware, adware, and other threats. The CA Security Advisor also maintains a threat database and offers advice.

In addition, the eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware Developer's Toolkit allows developers to create new products and integrate with third-party Wed services.

The corporate version of the spyware is integrated with Cisco Systems's Network Admission Control security architecture.

The integration of anti-spyware software with enterprise security management suites such as CA's serves a growing need of many enterprise users, said Michael Osterman, founder of Osterman Research, a marketing and consulting company for messaging and other technology sectors.

"There are point security solutions for spam, for messaging, and for spyware. You have to manage all that," Osterman said. "Now people are starting to look at a one-stop shop approach that integrates a lot of these functions."

Available immediately, eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware r5 costs $39.95 per client, per year.

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