Leading Edge Anti-Spyware Technology Delivers Protection Against Backdoor
ISLANDIA, N.Y., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Computer Associates
International, Inc. (NYSE: CA) today announced the acquisition of PestPatrol,
a privately held provider of anti-spyware solutions, in an all-cash
transaction. Financial details were not disclosed.
CA will market the PestPatrol technology as eTrust PestPatrol and will
incorporate it into its eTrust Threat Management software portfolio, which
protects organizations from diverse Internet dangers such as viruses, spam,
and inappropriate use of the Web by employees.
The PestPatrol technology complements anti-virus software, firewalls and
intrusion detection systems by detecting and removing spyware, adware, Trojan
horses, denial-of-service attack agents, and other backdoor web-based threats
from individual and networked PCs. Used in more than 100 countries, it has
been integrated with solutions from Yahoo! Inc., Zone Labs, Authentium, Zero
Knowledge Systems, Stomp, and PC Pitstop. The PestPatrol Software Developers'
Toolkit enables rapid development of new products and easy integration with
third-party Web services and business and consumer offerings.
"PestPatrol has done a superlative job of addressing the entire spectrum
of non-virus malware threats that have become so annoying and dangerous for PC
users inside and outside the enterprise," said Russell Artzt, executive vice
president of eTrust security management at CA. "This acquisition enhances
CA's position as the world's leading provider of security management solutions
for the safety of Internet connectivity and the integrity of computing
environments in the office and home alike."
Spyware, adware and other non-virus threats are rapidly proliferating and
represent a major security and privacy risk to both corporate and consumer
users -- as well as a primary cause of diminished PC performance. In April
2004, major Internet service provider EarthLink said it found an average of
almost 28 spyware items on each PC it scanned during a first quarter audit.
PestPatrol complements traditional anti-virus defenses by giving network
administrators the ability to define granular rules for spyware scanning.
Administrators can define "safe lists" or exclusion files of authorized
applications, fine-tuned by department or individual, to prevent false alarms.
Since the network administrator performs the spyware scanning and removal,
desktop users don't need to be interrupted. Further, since all scans and
updates are performed remotely over the network, the network administrator no
longer needs to personally visit machines. Scans can be scheduled to occur
automatically at pre-set times, or when a remote computer logs into the
The PestPatrol Center for Pest Research, which provides computer users
with free advice on how to delete malicious code and prevent infection, will
be incorporated into CA's Security Advisor service. The Security Advisor
service tracks global security threats through a global network of rapid
response centers and quickly relays relevant security information to CA
PestPatrol, founded in 2000 and headquartered in Carlisle, PA., was
advised in this transaction by Updata Capital.
Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA), the world's largest
management software company, delivers software and services across operations,
security, storage, life cycle and service management to optimize the
performance, reliability and efficiency of enterprise IT environments. Founded
in 1976, CA is headquartered in Islandia, N.Y., and operates in more than 100
countries. For more information, please visit http://ca.com.
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SOURCE Computer Associates International, Inc.
CONTACT: Robert Gordon, Public Relations,
Jeanne Glass, Investor Relations,
both of Computer Associates International