New virus threats for Kuwaiti enterprises

Research shows that an increasing number of polymorphic virus treats will challenge the Middle East’s IT industry in the future.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  April 12, 2005

A one-day educational summit will help CIOs from leading enterprises across Kuwait to learn more about the evolving virus threat in the Middle East. Hosted by security providers, Trend Micro, conference will tackle 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 region. Eight million infections were recorded worldwide during the first quarter of 2005, representing a major rise in virus alerts. Research also reveals that, whereas the vast majority of viruses previously originated from outside of the region and infected companies at random, it is now clear that organisations in the Middle East are being targeted by specifically-designed malware. The summit introduces the concept of virus escalation services, which enables clients to forward infected files to 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. Samir Kirouani, technical manager for Trend Micro in the Middle East and Africa, sees the advancement of this type of intelligent virus as a serious threat for businesses in the region, and one that must be tackled head on. “There is no doubt that virus developers are getting smarter — hiding viruses within spyware, designing code which adapts to fool specific anti-virus software — and we are also convinced that this hostile community is targeting specific large enterprises within the region with dedicated programs,” he says.

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