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From: prandal at (Randal, Phil)
Subject: AV Naming Convention

> I have to agree with Todd, the naming convention is now right 
> useless for the normal population and make keeping up with 
> viruses on a corporate level that much harder. AV companies 
> are always trying to beat the other company and this leads to 
> very little information sharing between the companies on new 
> viruses, etc.
> Maybe a foundation should be created. This foundation could 
> give a seal of approval to all AV corporations that join in. 
> We are starting to make rules for patch management over at 
> Why couldn't a group work with AV names 
> and the first company that finds and IDs it correctly gets to 
> name it in the foundation. Just a dream, I would guess.

This completely misses the point.  When a new virus is discovered, it is
essential that there is a RAPID response to the threat.  The idead of
handing the critter over to a committee to decide it's name is, quite
frankly, plain bonkers.  I for one would rather all the antivirus
vendors came up with their own names if it meant that
detection/disinfection patterns came out hour earlier.



Phil Randal
Network Engineer
Herefordshire Council
Hereford, UK

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