[ISN] DOD protecting PCs at home

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Date: Mon Feb 17 2003 - 01:16:44 PST

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    [While this reads as a big ad for McAfee, I'm posting it with the hope 
    that other CISO's on the list try to promote something like this to 
    their organizations as a way to slow down or stop viruses and security 
    vulnerabilities in their tracks.   - WK] 
    By Dan Caterinicchia 
    Feb. 12, 2003
    Defense Department employees can now download, at no cost, antivirus 
    and firewall protection solutions from McAfee Security for Consumers 
    under a licensing agreement between the Defense Information Systems 
    Agency and Network Associates Inc. 
    McAfee's home use portal service became available to all DOD employees 
    Jan. 31, and includes VirusScan 7.0 Home Edition and other McAfee 
    Security solutions.
    VirusScan Home Edition, which DOD staff can download free of charge 
    under the agreement, includes antivirus and firewall services. The 
    software is the retail version of the McAfee products and can be used 
    with Microsoft Corp. Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000 or XP. 
    In addition to securing their home computer systems, the new offering 
    helps eliminate inconvenience to employees, who would otherwise have 
    to download antivirus files from their work computer onto compact 
    discs or floppy disks, and then load them onto their home computers to 
    gain the same protection for free, according to DISA. 
    This software license agreement is part of DISA's Enterprise 
    Anti-Virus Software Initiative, which was launched in September 2002, 
    when the agency awarded five-year contracts to three computer 
    protection companies: Network Associates; Northrop Grumman Information 
    Technology, which teamed with Symantec Corp.; and Government 
    Technology Solutions Inc., which teamed with Trend Micro Inc. 
    Mark Small, senior vice president of government, health and education 
    at Network Associates, said the free home use offering may be expanded 
    to other government agencies and commercial firms.
    "In order to address security concerns for dialup users, in 
    particular, the McAfee home use portal service is a solution that we 
    are currently looking at offering to a number of large organizations 
    both public and private," Small said.
    In addition to the free VirusScan offering, DOD employees can purchase 
    and download other McAfee Security solutions including McAfee 
    SpamKiller, the company's antispam solution, at a discounted price.
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