Software Acts as First Line of Defense, Prevents Damage From Current, Future Attacks
DALLAS, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ — CT Holdings, Inc., (OTC Bulletin Board: CITN), which develops and markets the Citadel Technology(TM) line of network security and privacy software, provides the first line of defense against Win32.Invalid.A@mm, a new virus identified today and reported in InfoWorld.com. The virus, circulating in disguise as a warning from Microsoft, encrypts executable files, rendering them unusable. Citadel Technology’s SecurePC(TM) software includes features that enable security administrators to harden system files to prevent changes by anyone — or any program — without authorization. A 30-day trial version of the software is available for download at http://www.citadel.com.
“Patches are re-active solutions to today’s security threats,” said Steven B. Solomon, chairman and CEO of CT Holdings. “Our software takes preventative measures by protecting system files and other features of the operating system which in effect, stops this virus — or future variants of this type — from doing damage even if already inside the firewall.”
The Code Red worm, which launched a similar attack, did $2.4 billion worth of damage by August 20, according to analysts at Computer Associates, almost of all it done after a patch was made available.
Ryan Russell, an analyst at business security firm SecurityFocus.com in San Mateo, Calif. was quoted in InfoWorld.com in today’s alert, saying the virus does pose a threat: “I think it’s just early in the cycle.” “The increasing frequency of virus and worm attacks and the escalating damage they cause demonstrates why it is critical to have protection inside the firewall,” Solomon said. “There was a patch out to fix Code Red long before most of the infections took place, and even assuming security administrators have the time and staff to install all patches promptly, at some point something will get in. SecurePC makes sure that when it does, the system is already protected.”
About Citadel Technology
CT Holdings’ Citadel Technology develops and markets computer security and privacy software for one of the fastest growing segments today — security “inside the firewall.” These products enable companies to enforce security policies from a single point of control across all Windows and NetWare platforms. Citadel Technology software secures confidential information, applications, and systems from unauthorized access, worms, and other security vulnerabilities. The products specifically enforce policies recently mandated by HIPAA and Gramm-Leach-Bliley legislation for the health care and financial industries. Citadel’s clients include IBM Global Services, Merrill Lynch, the U.S. Navy and several large health care companies. Visit our Web site at http://www.citadel.com.
About CT Holdings
CT Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: CITN) develops and markets its Citadel Technology line of desktop and network security software, and also acts as a developer of early stage companies, including Parago and River Logic.
For more information on CT Holdings, its Internet subsidiaries, and its Citadel Technology line of security software products, please visit our Web site at http://www.ct-holdings.com. For information on purchasing products, contact us directly by writing or calling: CT Holdings, 3811 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 770, Dallas, Texas 75219; phone: 214.520.9292; fax: 214.520.9293.
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