Anti-virus experts Ducklin and Cluley co-host Sophos stand at Networks Telecom

June 23, 1999 Sophos Press Release

Dynamic duo call for companies to go back to basics as virus security remains untouched

Two of the world's most experienced computer virus fighters - Sophos's Paul Ducklin and Graham Cluley (who recently left Dr. Solomon's/Network Associates to join Sophos) are to host stand 20G88 at the Networks Telecom show at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.

They will be available to provide one-to-one consultancy, covering advice on current trends in virus writing, the new face of the threat, and unique research into new industry "safety features", such as the use of digital signatures for virus protection in Office 2000 and Windows 2000.

Anti-virus specialist Sophos is calling for companies to go back to basics and reassess their computer security following a stream of calls from multinationals during the recent outbreaks of network-aware viruses.

Network managers are constantly upgrading their systems as more leading-edge technology is launched into the market. Policies and procedures for anti-virus protection, however, rarely mirror this, leaving companies exposed to the threat of infection.

"As demand for more sophisticated networking technology grows, vendors continue to develop and supply the kit," said Paul Ducklin, head of research at Sophos. "As network complexity increases, so does the complexity of staying secure. Anyone who thinks they can continue upgrading their network without upgrading their security is sadly mistaken."

"After the chaos caused by the Melissa and CIH viruses, most companies learnt a lesson and were able to react a lot faster to last week's ExploreZip worm attack. However, there is still a great deal of room for improvement. Viruses appear and hit networks so quickly, IT managers need to put in place procedures for the constant review and update of security, whatever the size of their company," he added.

Paul Ducklin Paul Ducklin (Head of Research): He joined Sophos from the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and is a respected industry figure and public speaker.
Graham Cluley Graham Cluley (Senior Technology Consultant): Spent seven years with Dr Solomon's Software before joining Sophos in 1999. He has given talks around the world on the subject of computer viruses and is a respected industry figure.