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VB2009 - Geneva

VB2009 took place 23-25 September 2009 at the Crowne Plaza, Geneva, Switzerland.

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"Headquartered at Chennai, India, K7 Computing is a pioneer in anti-virus research and product development. Founded in 1991, the company has a long history in the Indian anti-virus market and since that time K7 Computing has won numerous awards. Today K7 Computing, with its enviable track record of product innovation, characteristic compact engineering and swift response to evolving consumer expectations, is poised to widen its horizons. Flagship product K7 TotalSecurity has been hugely successful in India, and launches into other significant markets will follow shortly."

"Since introducing its first software solution in 1976, CA has been developing an unparalleled range of best-in-class software solutions that help our enterprise customers manage their IT needs by identifying trends and making acquisitions. This strategy has established CA as one of the world's largest IT management software providers with revenue of nearly $4 billion. CA's products cover virtually every category of the software industry, from the mainframe to the desktop.

"CA's Internet Security Business Unit recognizes that all PC users need software to protect them from Internet attacks. The team was created with the sole focus of creating superior security solutions to provide unsurpassed protection to PC users across all spectrums, from home users to the largest enterprise. Now small businesses and home users can protect their PCs with the same technology used by Fortune 500 companies. Already, more than 20 million customers are using CA's consumer products to protect their PCs.

"Not only has the ISBU created a dedicated business unit for these industry leading anti-malware products, there is also a dedicated partner program: the Internet Security Partner Program. This multi-tiered, custom-tailored program meets the needs of all partner types. Whether you're an individual owner/operator reselling to PC users in your neighbourhood or a large reseller selling to multinational corporations, you're empowered to bring world-class protection against malware threats for ALL market sectors. CA gives you the resources and support you need to market, sell, install and grow your business.

"The program is structured to provide the business benefits that best support your customer focus and business model. Founded on five core benefits aimed at ensuring your success: industry leading Security Solutions for Home and Office; Demos on Demand; Sales Training; Partner Leads; Rewards and Incentives.

"CA's Internet Security Partner Program offering everything your customers are looking for...along with the products, price points and support you need. With this in mind the latest addition to this product portfolio: CA Threat Manager Total Defense, bundling three of our best-selling, most reliable business products (CA Threat Manager, Gateway Security and HIPS) to form one convenient, low-cost package. Protecting one part of a business system without protecting others can leave the business vulnerable. But CA's Threat Manager Total Defense package eliminates the vulnerability, providing the layered, end-to-end protection that today's businesses need. It's just one more example of CA's reliable, easy-to-sell products that make your job more profitable.In early 2008, CA/ISBU went into a strategic partnership with HCL, a CMMi level 5 leading global Technology and IT Enterprise with revenue of over 5 billion USD, having over 60,000 employees and present in 23 countries, for end point security products development, Research, QA and Support. This relationship is already providing benefits to put ISBU end point products on enhanced roadmap with time to market advantages.

"You may not realize it, but CA is already touching many areas of your life. By creating and delivering the technology that simplifies complex business systems; everything from ATM transactions, educational programs and government safety as well as thousands of other everyday functions have been enabled with CA's IT management software.

"CA is a global company with headquarters in the United States and offices in more than 45 countries. We serve government entities, educational institutions and thousands of other companies in diverse industries worldwide."

"Internet Security Software: Our principal Internet security software product is Kingsoft Internet Security, which is one of the leading domestically produced Internet security software packages in China. Kingsoft Internet Security offers secure content management functions, such as anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-spam, incorporated into a single and easy-to-use platform. It is used to (1) defend against, scan and remove over 397,000 security threats such as viruses; (2) remove spyware and trojans from computer memory to secure user systems; and (3) block phishing websites and emails to prevent identity thefts.

"We maintain, a website dedicated to Kingsoft Internet Security, which offers online customer service, provides information regarding Kingsoft Internet Security and allows users to download Kingsoft Internet Security and communicate with other users on various topics regarding Internet security. By generating a large population of viewers and users, this website helps us to increase consumer awareness of Kingsoft Internet Security software and our other products and services as well as generating online advertising revenue.

"Kingsoft Internet Security 2009 has come to the market with more consolidated features including a more extensive local virus base, excellent Active Defense Technology and Internet Reliance Certification. It has an approach against suspicious software communication, virus embedding and distributed attacks on PCs across networks happening on a daily basis. Kingsoft Internet Security 2009 is compatible with the Windows Vista system."

"IKARUS Software is an Austrian software company with European and international business arrangements. The company is focused on anti-virus and content security.

"IKARUS Software was founded in 1986 in Austria, and was one of the first virus protection software producers worldwide. In 1994 the company moved to Vienna and in 1995 IKARUS was taken over by the management. More than 75% of the Top 500 Austrian companies are permanent customers of IKARUS Software and its partners.

"The product range includes the IKARUS virus.utilities for Workstations and Servers - relaunched in 2007 with excellent test results. The IKARUS security.manager for a central management of the virus.utilities, the IKARUS security.proxy for Gateways and the IKARUS content.wall for Checkpoint Firewalls complete the product portfolio. IKARUS Security Software GmbH my.mailwall - a managed security service for business customers, reseller telecoms and ISPs, offers the possibility to catch every spam and virus mail before they intrude or infect the company's network.

"Besides the developing of products IKARUS Software annually invests around 75% of its turnover in research and development. IKARUS Software keeps constant contact with IT safety officers around the world. Other main points are centred on technical virus description, new legal approaches to criminal law and aspects of data security systems. The company also works actively and in cooperation with the Austrian Government and media companies. IKARUS Software serves the early warning system for critical infrastructure for the CIRCA group (Computer Incident Response Coordination Austria) in Austria. The aim of IKARUS Software is to provide every interested user and experts with information and support on computer virus-related topics.

"The awareness level of IKARUS Software in the EMEA market has increased by more than 50% in the last two years. The company is now expanding into other markets - such as Russia and Poland."

"Founded in 2002, OPSWAT ( is the world leader in development tools and data services that power the manageability of security solutions. OPSWAT's OESIS framework enables software engineers and technology vendors to develop products that detect, classify and manage thousands of software applications - from anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewalls to URL filtering, VPN clients and more. The product boasts over 50 million installations worldwide. OPSWAT founded OESIS OK (, an open certification program that verifies the interoperability of software with network products from vendors like Cisco, Juniper and others.

"OPSWAT also provides an advanced software multi-scanning engine. Metascan, an application with a programming interface, enables IT professionals and software engineers to integrate multiple anti-malware technologies into their proprietary solutions. Combining unique technologies from CA, ESET, AVG and others, Metascan significantly improves the likelihood of catching malware.

"OPSWAT, Inc. is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with an additional office in Herzliya, Israel."

"eScan is the first global packaged brand in Information Security from India that provides proactive protection against viruses, spam, trojans, and many other information security threats. eScan is also the world's first Real-Time Email and WebScanner.

"eScan is powered by the revolutionary MicroWorld Winsock Layer (MWL) technology. Also, eScan's latest feature, eScan Remote Support, allows eScan technicians to provide fast and efficient solutions to customers. eScan has received several certifications and awards by some of the most prestigious testing bodies, notable among them being Virus Bulletin, Checkmark, AV Comparatives and PC Security Labs. MailScan and X-SPAM are comprehensive information security solutions that protect SMTP and POP3 servers from spam and malware.

"Headed by Mr Govind Rammurthy, MicroWorld commenced business in 1993 and has offices in the USA, India, Germany, Malaysia and South Africa, as well as a powerful network of partners and resellers around the globe."

"Founded in 1992, ESET is a global provider of security solutions for corporate customers and households. From a small family-sized venture, ESET has evolved into a leader in proactive malware detection and is in the front lines of combating emerging cyberthreats and is the leader in the proactive detection of malware.

"Thanks to its ThreatSense.Net technology, ESET is able to collect infiltration data from users worldwide, allowing it to react promptly to emerging threats. According to independent testing organization AV-Comparatives, its flagship product - ESET NOD32 Antivirus - was declared the best anti-virus product globally in 2006 and 2007.

"ESET has headquarters in Bratislava, Slovakia, with branch offices in Prague, Czech Republic; San Diego, USA and Buenos Aires, Argentina. ESET's solutions are available in more than 160 countries worldwide. In 2008, ESET opened its new development center in Krakow, Poland, and will soon open its new office in Singapore. Since 2002, when ESET was first listed in the ranking by Deloitte Technology Fast 500, it consistently places among the fastest growing companies across Europe, Middle East and Asia, as well as in separate awards for the regions of North America and Central Europe.

"Traditionally putting emphasis on lightweight, yet powerful design, ESET continue to fine-tune its solutions utilizing advanced technologies straight out of our research and development departments. The core R&D takes place at ESET's Headquarters in Bratislava, Slovakia. It is the nerve center and home of the ESET NOD32 Antivirus powered by ThreatSense technology - advanced heuristics engine that enables proactive detection of malware not covered by most signature-based products. Through perpetual drive for innovation in security solutions, ESET has developed a network of 'technology incubators' where software engineers carry out advanced research in processing malware infiltrations, detection techniques and network optimization.

"ESET's product portfolio covers solutions for home users, mobile users and corporate networks across a wide range of platforms. ESET NOD32 Antivirus consistently achieves the highest accolades in all types of comparative testing, and is the heart of the virus and spyware detection in ESET Smart Security. ESET Smart Security is an integrated antivirus, antispyware, antispam and personal firewall solution that combines accuracy, speed and a small system footprint to create the most effective security solution in the industry. Both products have an extremely efficient code base that eliminates the unnecessarily large size found in some solutions. This means faster scanning that doesn't slow down computers or networks."

"In 2009 Lavasoft celebrates 10 years as the pioneer of the battle against spyware and emerging forms of malware.

"Founded in 1999 and quickly acknowledged for addressing the burgeoning issue of spyware with Ad-Aware anti-spyware software, Lavasoft is truly 'the original anti-spyware company'. Today, Lavasoft has realized over a quarter of a billion Ad-Aware downloads worldwide and has won numerous industry awards and recognition from highly respected IT publications and organizations around the globe.

"The company vision, that every computer user, regardless of economic status or geographic location, has the power to control their individual privacy and security drives the company to maintain no-strings attached freeware side-by-side with advanced security products developed through innovation. Lavasoft was founded on the Internet ideals of consumer reporting, ethical advertising and social change, and continues to operate on those golden principles to this day. Lavasoft is also committed to creating long-term social change by working directly with vendors that target individual PC users to improve their processes.

"Current products include anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, registry clean-up, encryption and digital shredding, including solutions for both consumer and businesses alike. Lavasoft is proud to sponsor Virus Bulletin 2009 as one of the key events in the security industry."

"Kaspersky Lab is an international group that employs over 1,500 highly qualified specialists, has central offices in Moscow, as well as regional headquarters overseeing the activities of local representatives and partners in five global regions: Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EEMEA), The Americas, the Asia-Pacific region (APAC), and Japan. The company currently works in more than 100 countries across the globe. The company's products provide protection for over 250 million users worldwide.

"The group's main decision-making body is the Board of Directors, responsible for setting out an overall development strategy and appointing senior management figures. The Board is made up of nine shareholders and top managers representing the central headquarters and global regions. It is headed by Natalya Kaspersky, the Chairperson of the Board.

"In 2009 Kaspersky Lab celebrates its 12th anniversary, though Eugene Kaspersky's group of experts has been developing anti-virus software for nearly twice as long. Undoubtedly, the company's most valuable asset is the wealth of experience and knowledge it has gained in those years of combating viruses and other IT threats, enabling us to pre-empt trends in malware development. This helps us to provide our users with the most reliable protection from new types of attack.

"Due to its high level of professionalism and dedication, Kaspersky Lab has become a market leader in the development of anti-virus protection. The company's main product, Kaspersky Internet Security, regularly receives top awards in tests conducted by respected international research centres and IT publications. Kaspersky Lab was the first to develop many technological standards in the anti-virus industry, including full-scale solutions for Linux, Unix and NetWare, a new-generation heuristic analyser designed to detect newly emerging viruses, effective protection against polymorphic and macro viruses, continuously updated anti-virus databases and a technique for detecting viruses in archived files."

"Headquartered in Tampa Bay (Clearwater), Fla., Sunbelt Software was founded in 1994 and is a leading provider of Windows security software with technology solutions in the areas of anti-spam and anti-virus, anti-spyware, vulnerability assessment, and automated malware analysis.

"Leading products include the VIPRE product line, Ninja Email Security, Sunbelt CWSandbox, and endpoint firewall technologies. Sunbelt CWSandbox provides for security vendors, ISPs and large enterprises the ability to rapidly analyse malware for a number of different purposes - security research, creation of new signatures, forensic/criminal analysis and improved threat protection. Malware samples submitted to the sandbox are executed in a controlled environment, with a comprehensive analysis provided of the malware's execution in XML, HTML or text format."

"TrustPort is a major producer of award winning software solutions for secure communications and reliable data protection. Its portfolio includes both products for home and small office, and products for middle and large enterprises. These products excel in several security areas, including anti-virus, anti-spam, and encryption technology. The portfolio includes the following key products; TrustPort Antivirus is a compact solution for protection of desktops and laptops. TrustPort PC Security supplements anti-virus protection with firewall, encryption and shredding tools. For permanent security of flash drives, TrustPort USB/U3 Antivirus is also available. TrustPort Net Gateway is a business solution which continuously watches over communications between local networks and the internet.

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