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IT news: Sophos joins drive to cure virus-naming confusion.

Sophos has joined the editorial board for the Common Malware Enumeration (CME) initiative, an industry group whose aim is to provide unique, common identifiers to new malware threats. In the past, computer users and system administrators around the world have faced difficulties identifying threats attacking their systems, as anti-virus vendors rely on different virus-naming conventions to refer to particular threats. The CME initiative aims to mitigate this confusion by providing a common name for high profile threats that can then be used in vendor products or their websites.

As part of an alliance of global security vendors, Sophos help CME apply common identifiers to newly discovered malware threats. For every virus identified by CME, Sophos will display the CW reference in its extensive database of virus analyses at: analyses at:

Through the CW initiative being sponsored by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), a division of US Department of Homeland Security that coordinates response to cyber attacks, computer users and security administrators across the world will benefit.

"The participation of global security companies is critical to the success of this initiative," said Desiree Beck, technical lead for the CNAE initiative. "Their expertise will help bring the CME concept to maturity and ensure that it meets the needs of the security community.'

CME has already begun its work by applying identifiers to a series of known threats in the format of CME-N, where N is a series of numerical digits. More information on the CBAE initiative can be found at:
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Title Annotation:SOFTWARE DIGEST
Publication:Software World
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Date:Nov 1, 2005
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