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Membership in Microsoft Virus Alliance Doubles

Five antivirus firms joined Microsoft's Virus Information Alliance this week, doubling the size of the group. The announcement came during the RSA Security conference in San Francisco.

The new members are F-Secure, Global Hauri, Panda Software and Sophos. They join the existing VIA roster of Computer Associates, Network Associates, Sybari, Symantec and Trend Micro.

Microsoft, Network Associates and Trend Micro founded the group last May to share information on viruses and give Microsoft customers a central place to go for detailed virus information.

Three weeks after sending shock waves through the security industry by buying a small antivirus firm (GeCAD Srl.) last summer, Microsoft broadened the VIA with three more members -- CA, Sybari and Symantec.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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