New Weapons for Battling Hostile Code

LAS VEGAS (05/05/2000) - Network executives are always looking for ways to protect their corporate intranets from computer viruses or unwanted active content, such as untrusted Java or ActiveX applets and even JavaScript.

At NetWorld+Interop 2000 next week, Network Associates Inc. and Finjan Software Ltd. hope these customers will swing by their booths to hear their latest approaches to the nasty problem of hostile code.

At the show, Network Associates' McAfee division is unveiling WebImmune, a hosted service that lets users submit potential viruses online and immediately get an update and patch from McAfee.

"This is important because of the speed of the attacks," says Sal Viveros, director of McAfee's Anti Virus Emergency Response Team. "You don't want to wait 24 hours to get a cure for something that's proliferating in your environment." Only a small percentage of computer virus attacks are from newly discovered viruses, but the WebImmune service, available in June and free to all users, will be able to provide the fix in minutes. McAfee will make this available as a service to ISPs and application service providers.

Finjan Software, which sells the SurfinGate 5.0 contentfiltering product, which usually sits behind a firewall to filter unwanted Java, ActiveX and other active Web content, is also beefing up its code defense.

In early June, Finjan's gateway for NT or Solaris will be able to recognize VeriSign, Microsoft and Netscape digital certificates. That means the gateway will be able to block or allow content through certificate-signed code according to whether the corporation trusts the certificate. The price is expected to be $49 per user per seat.

McAfee: www.mcafeeb2b. com; Finjan: www.finjan.com.

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