Can the channel cash in on Sobig?

Last month saw the Sobig.F e-mail virus spread through the online world like wildfire.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  August 30, 2003

Last month saw the Sobig.F e-mail virus spread through the online world like wildfire.

Disseminated by unsuspecting users when they opened infected file attachments, the virus resent itself to e-mail addresses stored on the infected computer.

Within a week, the malicious code had initiated approximately 200 million e-mails and caused untold downtime and service degradation.

Although the virulence of Sobig.F took many by surprise, it should not have done. Last month’s version was the sixth iteration of the code and its modus operandi had been experienced on five different occasions since January.

The fact that the virus did wreak so much havoc indicates that users still have much to learn when it comes to preventing infection.

This train of thought is borne out in IDC’s latest figures for the Gulf States’ software market. It states that although the market reached an impressive US$44.31 million in 2002, it remains immature and users tend to limit themselves to antivirus software and firewalls.

It is into this confusion that the channel needs to step. It needs to demonstrate its keen understanding of the various security products that litter the market today and be able to show both potential and existing customers how they can be integrated to create a shield capable of stemming the flow of viruses and internet worms that plague all end users.

Should this happen, then not only will local companies become less vulnerable, but bottom lines throughout the channel will look that bit better.

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