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Trend Micro offers way out of MyDoom gloom

Security firm Trend Micro is offering local businesses scanning and cleanup services to help clean the MyDoom worm off their systems.

Security firm Trend Micro is offering local businesses scanning and cleanup services to help clean the MyDoom worm off their systems.

The company has issued a guidance statement to companies throughout the Middle East, urging them to be aware of the risks and take sensible precautions.

“We are already on the way to neutralising this latest hazard, although it is vital that businesses remain conscious of the high damage and distribution potential associated with Mydoom and other such Internet threats. This outbreak should remind people of the need to implement defense mechanisms against unsafe and malicious content on the Internet, and ensure that they keep security software updated,” said Justin Doo, managing director of Trend Micro’s Benelux, Middle East and Africa operation.

“People in business accept that the Internet is here to stay, but they must also recognize that the attendant risks will remain as well. Viruses and the methods they use to spread themselves are becoming increasingly sophisticated, so it has never been more important for IT managers to take precautions,” Doo added.

“Fortunately, security solutions are advancing all the time, and our customers enjoy a refined level of protection. Trend Micro’s message to the business community is that there are risks, but that reliable protection is available,” concluded Doo.

Trend Micro offers a range of services under its Enterprise Protection Strategy (EPS), designed to manage the entire outbreak lifecycle. It encompasses every process, from vulnerability prevention to elimination and cleanup. Networks are assessed for potential vulnerabilities, allowing weak spots to be identified before an outbreak occurs. Any machines that have not been updated with the latest protection software can then be isolated, thereby neutralizing the risk of them acting as portals for harmful material. With scanning provided at both application and network layers, the EPS offers comprehensive network security policy enforcement.

While the original MyDoom was programmed to self-terminate on February 12, a number of variants have been circulating since. Analyst firm Gartner has urged firms to take proactive steps to clean their systems.

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