CA Partners with Microsoft on Free Security Solution

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Computer Associates is pushing its security solutions downstream into Symantec's end-user territory and it's partnering with Microsoft and its own e-tail channel to do it.

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Las Vegas—Computer Associates took a giant step toward the retail channel Tuesday. In a joint announcement with Microsoft at the COMDEX show here, CA said it would make one-year subscriptions to CA's eTrust EZ Armor antivirus and firewall desktop security suite available to qualified Windows home users at no cost.

The announcement, which extends CA's partnership in Microsoft's Protect Your PC program, was greeted warmly by Tom Button, corporate vice president of Windows at Microsoft Corp. "Helping Windows customers get more secure and stay protected is a top priority," he said.

eTrust EZ Armor pairs a consumer version of CA's enterprise-class eTrust security technology with a pre-configured firewall from ZoneLabs. It represents a significant turn in CA's traditional enterprise-focused market strategy, carrying it into the end-user market now dominated by Symantec.

Alan Komet, CA's Channel Manager of eTrust Security Solutions, said the Islandia, NY-based company would rely heavily on its e-tail distribution partners, including CDW, Buy.com and Amazon, for distribution after the free-year introductory offer expires. He denied that EZ Armor was intended to compete head-on with Symantec, market leader in end-user security, but added "we do, however, plan to cause Symantec some pain."

The free download, a $49.95 retail value, extends through June 30, 2004 and promises one year of personal firewall and AV protection,including daily virus signature updates, for free. The download is available at http://www.my-etrust.com/microsoft.

Carol Ellison is editor of eWEEK.com's Mobile & Wireless Topic Center. She has authored whitepapers on wireless computing (two on network security–,Securing Wi-Fi Wireless Networks with Today's Technologies, Wi-Fi Protected Access: Strong, Standards-based Interoperable Security for Today's Wi-Fi Networks, and Wi-Fi Public Access: Enabling the future with public wireless networks.

Ms. Ellison served in senior and executive editorial positions for Ziff Davis Media and CMP Media. As an executive editor at Ziff Davis Media, she launched the networking track of The IT Insider Series, a newsletter/conference/Web site offering targeted to chief information officers and corporate directors of information technology. As senior editor at CMP Media's VARBusiness, she launched the Web site, VARBusiness University, an online professional resource center for value-added resellers of information technology.

Ms. Ellison has chaired numerous industry panels and has been quoted as a networking and educational technology expert in The New York Times, Newsday, The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio's All Things Considered, CNN Headline News, WNBC and CNN/FN, as well as local and regional Comcast and Cablevision reports. Her articles have appeared in most major hi-tech publications and numerous newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor.

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