company prepared for the possibility of criminals or vandals who
try to access
your business secrets or wipe out your data? An attack by malicious
software -"malware" -can result in significant economic losses
and even affect the reputation and credibility of your organization.
In the late 1980's, computer viruses
moved from being a topic of theoretical discussions in professional
fora, to becoming a real threat and nuisance. PC's were then only rarely
connected to networks and the Internet revolution had not begun. Thus,
the risk of a virus spreading was limited to exchanging files and diskettes
Modern PC's and networks are complex,
fast and have an enormous capacity. They have given businesses a vast
potential for cost effective management, and have made most companies
completely dependent on computer use.
The use of networks is widespread,
and most companies are online and vulnerable to attack 24 hours a day,
365 days a year.
This development has also increased
the potential for destructive activity caused by malware. Today's viruses
make their predecessors from the last decade seem archaic. As we move
into the new century, viruses are starting to use Internet as their
infrastructure, capable of spreading through a combination of email,
web sites, newsgroups and chat rooms. Combined with refined new methods
to avoid detection -like polymorphism and multilayered encryption -such
viruses can cause world wide computer havoc in a matter of hours.
One of the fastest growing threats
is the back door Trojans. These are espionage and remote access tools.
If allowed to contaminate your system, they make it possible for unauthorised
persons to gain full access to your network. Simply stated: Outsiders
can access and do anything that your employees can access and do on
Norman launched its first virus
control software in 1989 -as one of the pioneers -and has been in the
battle ever since. Virus control has now become an advanced, extremely
specialized area of software development, where only companies with
a long-standing experience have the necessary competence to playa meaningful
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