Computer Associates acquires Australian antivirus developer

Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) today announced that it has acquired Cybec's software business. Cybec is best known in Australia as the developer of the Vet range of antivirus products.

According to Chris Morison, Cybec's chief executive officer, the deal will benefit customers, staff and shareholders, and will provide opportunities to grow the Vet product line internationally.

Speaking to reporters over a video link from the US, CA's senior vice president of product strategy, Yogesh Gupta, said that Vet's strength in the desktop space would compliment CA's "server-centric" InoculateIT antivirus solution. "It is imperative that we continue enhancing our antivirus technology and R&D resources -- which is exactly what we are doing with the acquisition of Vet", he said.

According to Morison, all Cybec employees have been invited to join Computer Associates. Support for the more than 1 million existing Vet customers would continue without change, he said, and the Vet brand name would be retained for the foreseeable future.

Vet Anti-Virus Software is on the Web at http://www.vet.com.au. Computer Associates is at http://www.cai.com.

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