Microsoft buys into security

Microsoft is aiming to make good on some of its promises for security with the acquisition of antivirus technology from a small East European company. The software giant said it will use the technology to enhance security on its Windows platforms, in line with commitments made as part of its Trustworthy Computing initiative.

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By  Peter Branton Published  June 11, 2003

Microsoft is aiming to make good on some of its promises for security with the acquisition of antivirus technology from a small East European company. The software giant said it will use the technology to enhance security on its Windows platforms, in line with commitments made as part of its Trustworthy Computing initiative.

While Microsoft’s entry in to any new technology area is rarely greeted with enthusiasm by existing vendors in that space, the company said it will use the technology it is acquiring from Romanian firm GeCAD Software to extend support for third-party antivirus vendors.

“Customers told us they needed a safer, more trustworthy computing experience to help combat the threats posed by those who write viruses and malicious code,” said Mike Nash, corporate vice president of the Security Business Unit at Microsoft. “This acquisition will help us and our partner antivirus providers further mitigate risks from these threats.”

The knowledge acquired from GeCAD will be used by Microsoft to make “platform improvements that will benefit customers and industry partners alike” the company said, suggesting antivirus technology will be integrated into future versions of Windows. However the company declined to comment on how the antivirus solution will be delivered, or on pricing for the acquisition.

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