Is CA back in SMB? TBD…

Over the past several weeks, I’ve heard from my old friend CA (Islandia NY). You will recall that a few years back, CA was a gracious host in helping us launch the SMB Nation Spring show(s) and we appreciate that. Time has passed and times have changed. So it was very interesting when CA reached out to me in early September to “check-in” again. It was a welcome call. CA had traction in our SMB Nation community in the middle part of the decade before going in a “new direction.” But CA just might be back. We are having high-level “chats” with CA. Meanwhile – CA released the following information today on a new product launch: Internet Security Suite Plus 201o. Read on!

So maybe CA is back in SMB and channel partners should take notice!

cheers…harrybbbb

CA Launches Internet Security Suite Plus 2010 Offering More Complete Protection for Your Family and Your Personal Data

Powerful Protection, Improved Performance and Redesigned User Experience Makes Internet Security Simple

ISLANDIA, N.Y., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The need to protect your personal computer, your family, your identity and financial information from web-based threats, cyber criminals and online predators has never been greater. One of the newest security solutions to help protect against those threats is now available from CA, Inc. (NASDAQ:CA) . The Company is unveiling CA Internet Security Suite Plus 2010 (CA ISS Plus 2010), engineered to work faster and more accurately all while being even easier to use.

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CA ISS Plus 2010 provides comprehensive security and protection when accessing the Internet for banking, shopping and spending time online. In fact, CA is so confident in CA ISS Plus 2010’s ability to help protect your online computing experience, it includes an Internet Protection Plan* at no additional cost, providing up to $10,000 in coverage for identity theft or PC damage from a virus.

Redesigned from top to bottom for a better user experience, many elements of the suite including business-strength firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-phishing software have been updated to provide better performance and protection against a wide range of emerging online threats.

CA ISS Plus 2010 is powered by a new core processing technology that helps boost performance and accuracy in detecting malware. Combined with an intuitively designed interface that organizes and simplifies tasks and even provides users with security tips and information sourced from experts at CA’s global Security Advisor team, CA ISS Plus 2010 offers you and your family a simple to use, all-in-one security solution.

“Online threats from viruses, malware and cyber criminals are growing and becoming more sophisticated each day. That is why we have created Internet Security Suite Plus 2010, bringing consumers the same powerful security technology that our enterprise customers rely on,” said Tom Neary, director of product management for CA. “Going beyond security, we are responding to consumers’ needs for effective and easy-to-use solutions that provide all the tools necessary to help defend their computers and secure their data.”

New Intuitive User Interface Has a Powerful Security Engine Backing It Up

CA ISS Plus 2010 is even more powerful and user-friendly thanks to a new interface that allows you to easily organize and customize your security experience for the entire family.

  --  New and improved core processing technology greatly improves
      performance and allows for increased accuracy in detecting malware. CA
      ISS Plus 2010 features cached scanning for faster anti-malware scans.

  --  CA ISS Plus 2010's components are certified effective by independent
      testing organizations including ICSA Labs, Virus Bulletin and West
      Coast Labs.

  Parental Controls and Complete Security for Peace of Mind

Research from a CA-sponsored study of online behavior shows that more than 50 percent of children have been confronted by strangers online. This statistic makes it increasingly important for parents to take preventative measures to provide for their child’s online safety. CA ISS Plus 2010 includes Parental Controls which reflect CA’s ongoing commitment to help protect children from online predators and inappropriate content.

  --  CA's Internet Security Suite Plus 2010's parental controls is designed
      to allow parents to filter, monitor or block access to web sites,
      instant messaging and peer-to-peer services that may contain
      objectionable content or allow contact by online predators.
  --  Various options allow you to filter blocked keywords in IM chats and
      restrict Web site access and easily establish usage time limits.

  --  Parental Controls also blocks Violence, Social Networking, Blogs,
      Forums, and Shopping sites.

  Going Beyond Security - Data Backup, Restore and Migration

CA ISS Plus 2010 helps provide peace of mind by making sure that important files are backed up; protecting photos, documents, music files, program data and PC settings from loss.

  CA ISS Plus 2010 Backup includes:

  --  Incremental backups - back up new and changed files since last backup,
      saving time and space.
  --  PC to PC migrations - quickly move files, settings and options from
      one PC to another.

  --  Additional 2GB online backup at no cost from MozyHome at
      http://mozy.com/ca.

CA Internet security products are designed to use system resources efficiently, are simple to install, provide quick scans and superior usability. This means that even novice computer users can have the security system up and running in minutes and that the software will not slow down a computer.

The products are also backed by the CA Security Advisor team, a global team of malware experts and engineers who work around the clock to detect and prevent online threats. In addition, there are daily protection updates, upgrades to the latest product features and 24 X 7 online technical support at no additional charge with your support subscription.

Supported operating systems include Windows® 7, Windows 2000 Professional with SP4+Update Rollup 1, Windows XP and Windows XP Media Center Edition with SP2, and Windows Vista®. The product operates on both 32 and 64 bit.

Doing Good: “Caring for Our Kids” Campaign to Benefit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

For the second year, CA is the proud sponsor of “Caring for Our Kids” (CFOK) to benefit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). The campaign supports NCMEC’s efforts to provide ongoing Internet safety education to parents and kids on how to make smarter choices online and to avoid the potential threat of online predators.

For every box of CA Internet Security Plus 2010 sold, CA will make a $1 donation to NCMEC.

Additionally, CA customers can increase the amount of the donation amount to NCMEC by:

  --  Enrolling in the Continuous Protection Program. Upon registration, CA
      gives retail purchasers the opportunity to have CA make an additional
      donation of up to $5 if they opt in to the Continuous Protection
      Program.

  --  Donating all or a portion of their rebate. CA customers may elect to
      donate to NCMEC all or a portion of the rebate amount they otherwise
      would have received from CA on their purchase of CA Internet Security
      Suite Plus 2010.

Customers who sign up for the Continuous Protection Program or use their rebate to make an additional donation can have their name appear on our virtual Donor Wall. This online destination updates the amount of donations that NCMEC has received through the CFOK program and recognizes everyone helping this effort. The donor wall is located at http://shop.ca.com/missingkids.

Internet Protection Plan

CA Internet Security Suite Plus 2010 includes, at no additional charge, an Internet Protection Plan with up to $10,000 in identity theft coverage and coverage against damage to your PC caused by a computer virus. The available identity theft coverage safeguards data on one (1) PC with Mobile Lifeline(TM) software, which offers identity theft protection of up to $5,000 if your identity is compromised. Further, if a PC fails as a result of a virus infection after CA Internet Security Suite Plus 2010 is properly installed, you are eligible to receive up to $5,000 in technical service and/or hardware repair or replacement; this plan covers up to 5 PCs with a combined aggregate limit of $5,000.

  --  Identity Theft Coverage is not available in New York and may not be
      available in other jurisdictions.

  --  The plans are administered by Warranty Corporation of America (WaCA),
      a full-service administration company. Registration is required and
      certain restrictions apply, see plans for details.

* Insurance is underwritten by member companies of American International Group, Inc. The description herein is a summary only. It does not include all terms, conditions and exclusions of the policies described. Please refer to the actual policies for complete details of coverage and exclusions. Coverage not available to residents of New York and may not be available in other jurisdictions.

Pricing and Availability

CA Internet Security Suite Plus 2010 is currently available from CA for $69.99 (MSRP), with a one-year subscription for up to three (3) PCs in the household. For more information and a complete listing of all CA 2010 home/home office products and pricing, please visit http://shop.ca.com/.

All CA 2010 home and home office products are available online at http://shop.ca.com/ or at most major electronics retailers including TigerDirect.com, Amazon, CompUSA.com, Circuit City.com, Fry’s, J and R, Microcenter, Office Depot, PC Richard, RadioShack, Staples and more.

About CA ISBU

CA Internet Security Business Unit (ISBU) is a unit of CA, Inc. dedicated to the development, marketing and support for CA anti-malware products. The products include a full range of enterprise, SMB and home / home office Internet security software. The products are backed by CA’s Security Advisor research team and have received major industry certifications. CA ISBU products are also offered by more than 10,000 resellers and OEM partners including leading Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). The products are currently licensed for use on more than 70 million PCs worldwide. For more information, please visit http://security.com/partners.

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  1. “CA Launches Internet Security Suite Plus 2010 Offering More Complete Protection for Your Family and Your Personal Data” – Thats a great addition to the security of common people, Hope to see it in action without any bugs.

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