CA supports Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2

Computer Associates International recently announced its support for Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) with Advanced Security Technologies and other new features, in its eTrust security management solutions, which aim to protect desktops from virus and network threats.

The new features are designed to work with SP2'sWindows Security Center, to help to ensure that desktop virus protection is kept up-to-date and activated, while also helping users to keep the Windows Firewall optimally configured.

These features have been incorporated into both eTrust Antivirus and consumer eTrust EZ Antivirus, in order to meet the needs of CA's enterprise, SME and consumer customers.

"CA is working closely with Microsoft to help ensure that its customers reap the full benefits of Windows XP SP2," says Toby Weiss, CA senior vice-president, eTrust Security Management Solutions. "Both our enterprise eTrust Antivirus and our consumer eTrust EZ Antivirus solutions interoperate with the native security features of Windows, to help ensure that users' desktops have complete, up-to-date virus signatures, and that their security mechanisms are appropriately configured to provide maximum protection against both malware and network-based threats."

Windows XP is designed to help to unlock the true power of the PC -- aiming to give customers the freedom to work in the way that they want, while also taking advantage of an exciting array of new experiences. With advanced productivity tools and a platform that is easier to deploy, manage and support, Windows XP aims to help to make an organization's computing environment more efficient than ever before.

Windows XP SP2 with Advanced Security Technologies is said to bring users of Windows XP the latest security enhancements and innovations from Microsoft. It aims to establish stronger default security settings, and to automatically install security features that will help to better protect computers from hackers, viruses and other security risks. In addition, Service Pack 2 is said to contain support for new technologies, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, along with improved hardware and driver support to create a more productive, hassle-free computing experience.

"Microsoft is pleased to be working with CA to make it easier and more intuitive for our customers to become more secure," says Neil Charney, director, Windows product management at Microsoft. "The Windows Security Center feature of SP2 provides users the ability to automatically check the status of essential security functionality, and CA's support of Windows XP SP2 is an important step in helping customers to get the latest security updates and features for their PCs," he concludes.

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