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Trend Micro hosted an event for IT managers from enterprises across Kuwait to educate the market on the evolving virus threat in the Middle East and promote its solutions.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  April 12, 2005

Trend Micro hosted an event for IT managers from enterprises across Kuwait to educate the market on the evolving virus threat in the Middle East and promote its solutions. The one-day summit tackled some of the industry’s most pressing issues, including new dimensions to the virus threat and advanced methods to combat threats originating from within the Middle East. “Eight million infections were recorded worldwide during the first quarter of 2005 — a major rise in virus alerts. What we have also noticed is that, whereas the vast majority of viruses used to originate from outside of the region and infect companies at random, we’re now seeing organisations in the Middle East being targeted by specifically-designed malware,” says Justin Doo, managing director, Trend Micro Middle East and Africa. Trend Micro has established, in co-operation with its partner network across the region, a virus escalation service, which enables clients to forward infected files to Trend’s World Tracking Centre laboratories around the world, and receive rapid feedback on the nature of the threat. The service is designed to help companies deal with targeted virus threats, where the hostile program has been coded to attack specific companies, and to help stop the spread of so-called polymorphic viruses, which evolve with every infection to fool anti-virus engines. “There’s no doubt that virus developers are getting smarter – hiding viruses within spyware, designing code which adapts to fool specific anti-virus software – and we’re also convinced that this hostile community is targeting specific large enterprises within the region with dedicated programs,” says Samir Kirouani, technical manager, Trend Micro Middle East and Africa.

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