RE: [Full-Disclosure] (no subject)

From: Todd Towles (toddtowles_at_brookshires.com)
Date: 08/13/04

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    To: "Harlan Carvey" <keydet89@yahoo.com>, <full-disclosure@netsys.com>
    Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2004 11:53:24 -0500
    
    

    How is naming a virus with @mm or a W32 in the front slow the process
    down? Naming has nothing to do with AV venders making money IMO. If it
    does, McAfee should change its name to Norton before tries to buy it
    out. =)

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    From: full-disclosure-admin@lists.netsys.com
    [mailto:full-disclosure-admin@lists.netsys.com] On Behalf Of Harlan
    Carvey
    Sent: Friday, August 13, 2004 9:40 AM
    To: full-disclosure@netsys.com
    Cc: Barry Fitzgerald
    Subject: Re: [Full-Disclosure] (no subject)

    Barry,

    > I think the whole AV naming issue is, though problematic, the least of

    > our problems. I think you hit the nail on the head here, Harlan.

    One other thing I'd like to throw into the mix. This whole discussion
    is being viewed, it seems to me from the wrong perspective. The
    attitude that the entire A/V industry should have a common naming
    convention seems to be coming from the open source camp...while A/V
    companies aren't necessarily open source.
    Companies in general are about making money, and you do that through
    establishing and maintaining competitive advantages. Expending
    resources (ie, people, money, time, etc) on an endeavor to establish and
    maintain a common naming scheme is an expenditure that has very little
    (if any) ROI...it can't be justified to investors.

    How are A/V companies competitive? They identify and analyze malware,
    and update their products. Doing it faster and better than the next guy
    is the key.
    Slowing that process down to coordinate with other companies dissolves
    the advantage. Let's say I discover a piece of malware, and call a
    round table meeting...only to find out that none of the other members
    have discovered the malware yet. My advantage goes bye-bye.

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