Industry analysts have urged companies not to neglect anti-virus strategies when preparing their systems for the Year 2000 date change.
In a recent report, the Meta Group said corporations should ensure their anti-virus protection is up to date to deal with virus threats by hackers who see Y2K as a "milestone event to create additional havoc".
The group also said companies should take the recent consolidation in the anti-virus market as an opportunity to asses their anti-virus provision.
In May last year, Symantec signed an alliance with IBM in which Big Blue assigned its anti-virus customer base to Symantec. In August, network Associates paid $640 million for Dr Solomon's and in September and October, Symantec announced purchases of Intel's anti-virus business and Quarterdeck respectively.
Jack Gold, senior program director at Meta commented: "The net result is that tens of thousands of European corporate anti-virus customers are going to have to replace their anti-virus solutions because their supplier is no longer in the market."
He added that these customers should seize the opportunity to re-think their strategy and not simply gravitate towards using the vendor that has acquired the technology they have currently installed.
"Now is the time to re evaluate from a clean sheet of paper," he said.
Gold went on to say that although Y2K compliance is obviously taking priority in many companies in the run up to the millennium, they should not delay any decisions in this area and should include anti-virus protection is included in any Y2K work.
"Its easy to see how an anti-virus strategy could take a strategic back seat," commented Gold.
"However, we believe it is imperative that organisations do not ignore anti-virus issues. The cost associated with protecting against virus infections, $20 to $50 per user, are trivial compared to Y2K costs which are potentially multi-million dollar investments," he said.
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