Most security tools not quite ready for Vista

Most security tools not quite ready for Vista
Most security tools not quite ready for Vista 

By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET
November 30, 2006

update -- Microsoft released Windows Vista for businesses on Thursday, 
but most security companies look like they need more time to deliver 
tools to protect the new operating system.

Symantec, Trend Micro and CA are still working on products for Vista, 
representatives for the each of the companies said Thursday. McAfee is 
the only major security software maker that has products available now 
for the long-awaited Microsoft operating system.

"The absence of security software from the major vendors will be another 
reason why business will not migrate to Vista right away," said Natalie 
Lambert, an analyst at Forrester Research. That's in addition to the 
lack of support for Vista in general applications, which are the tools 
businesses need to run their operations, she noted.

Microsoft celebrated the launch of Vista in New York on Thursday. It is 
the company's first major Windows client release since Windows XP 
shipped in 2001. On the back of Microsoft's announcement, Symantec, 
McAfee, Trend Micro and CA all put out news releases promoting software 
for Vista PCs. Yet none announced actual product availability, except 

"McAfee is the only major security vendor with products available today 
that support Vista right out of the gate," said Rees Johnson, McAfee's 
vice president of product management. McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.5 
and McAfee AntiSpyware Enterprise 8.5 support Vista and are available 
now, the company said.

The other large security vendors plan to release their corporate 
products for Vista over the next months. Symantec plans to release an 
update to AntiVirus Corporate Edition by December 31; Trend Micro 
expects to have a new version of OfficeScan ready in the first half of 
2007; and CA's new antivirus and antispyware is due out by early 

"I really expect all vendors to have shipping solutions before the end 
of the first quarter," Lambert said. "But even then, Vista rollouts will 
be time-consuming." Forrester doesn't expect mass deployment of the new 
operating system until 2008, she said.

So, while lack of security tools for Vista could mean some people will 
hold off from upgrading right away, it is not a major issue for the 
majority of business users, Lambert said. "This is not a big deal, as we 
will not see enterprises switching to Vista immediately," she said.

Microsoft is more optimistic. The Redmond, Wash., company predicts that 
Vista will be adopted by companies at twice the speed as its 
predecessor, Windows XP. Twelve months after the release of Vista, 
Microsoft expects that usage share of the oft-delayed operating system 
in businesses will be double that of XP a year after it shipped, the 
company has said.

Microsoft has promoted Vista as the most secure version of Windows yet, 
but has also emphasized that users will still need to run security 
software to protect their PCs. For example, 3 of the top 10 types of 
malicious software that hit PC users today can bypass Vista's security 
defences, security company Sophos said on its Web site Thursday.

"Microsoft continues to encourage customers to follow all of the steps 
of the 'Protect Your PC' guidance of enabling a firewall, applying all 
software updates and installing antivirus software," a Microsoft 
representative said.

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