McAfee claims it has become the first vendor to come up with a corporate electronic software distribution service using push technology.
The service, Enterprise SecureCast, went into beta testing last week.
It follows the launch in January of McAfee's Home SecureCast, which is targeted at home and small office customers, and is claimed to have attracted over 10,000 registered subscribers in its first 30 days.
The corporate service allows users to receive anti-virus software updates automatically each time an upgrade is released, saving IT departments having to carry them out manually.
McAfee releases an upgrade to its software at least once a month. It uses push technology from BackWeb to establish a broadcast channel for delivering VirusScan software, virus signature updates, installation scripts, news alerts, virus information library updates and technical notes. Enterprise SecureCast works with BackWeb's new http client, allowing it to travel through corporate firewalls, with proper authentication.
"Push technology will alter dramatically the way large corporations purchase and support their software," predicted Caroline Kuipers, marketing manager at McAfee. "With 200 new viruses discovered each month, timely VirusScan updates translate directly into superior protection."
The beta test is due to be completed by 30 March, with the service rolling out on a live basis within 28 days. It will be available free to customers of McAfee's Security Management Enterprise Support service or NetShield anti-virus software. New customers can sign up to the service at McAfee's Web site at www.mcafee.com.
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