IIA launches national virus protection scheme
The Internet Industry Association (IIA) has announced a national antivirus initiative that plans to provide all Australian internet users with free trial antivirus software. According to IIA statistics, as many as a quarter Australians do not have any protection against the latest viruses. “These unprotected users are not only a threat to themselves, they are a threat to Internet users everywhere, because their infection becomes the start of a new chain of attack through the internet community,” IIA chief executive, Peter Coroneos, said. The plan is supported by major vendor members of the IIA, such as Yahoo, McAfee Security and Trend Micro. It is modelled on the IIA’s earlier antispam empowerment initiative which offered free trial antispam software through the IIA’s No-spam web page. Coroneos claimed more than 100,000 people took advantage of the scheme. The antivirus software varies according to vendors, with the free trial period lasting from 15 days to three months. Free trials can be downloaded through the IIA National Antivirus Initiative page at www.iia.net.au/novirus.html.
Euro Software Institute opens in Melbourne
The European Software Institute (ESI) has opened a centre of software excellence in Melbourne. ESI Centre Australia was developed together with Software Engineering Australia (SEA). It received funding support from the Victorian government. The centre is one of six ESI centres worldwide that share technologies and resources. The partnership is a significant step forward for the Australian software industry, CEO of SEA, Nathan Brumby, said. “For the first time, Australian software companies have access to products and services that are of an international standard, have been fully tested and are directed at SMEs,” he said. The centre is expected to give local developers direct access to ESI’s software improvement specialists, according to the Victorian Minister for Information and Communication Technology, Marsha Thomson.