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Consumers to get revolutionary behavioural analysis software

Tier-3, a behavioural analysis IT security software specialist, has welcomed the launch of ThreatFire, a new behavioural analysis-based consumer security package from PC Tools.

Geoff Sweeney, Tier-3's CTO, said that PC Tools' move is to be welcomed as it raises the profile of behavioural analysis (BA) software at the consumer end of the market.

"Anything that raises the profile of the need for behavioural analysis software in the IT security industry is to be welcomed," he said.

"Several vendors have added elements of behavioural analysis technology to their consumer IT security products in recent months, but the launch of a fully-fledged behavioural analysis package for the consumer marketplace is not before time," he said.

According to Sweeney, the arrival of multi-vector and hybrid IT security threats in the last few years, coupled with a surge in so called zero day threats, means that even the best conventional IT security software is hard-pressed to protect against all known threats.

"When you factor in the problem of unknown threats, you start to realise that behavioural analysis software is an ideal addition to any company's IT security arsenal," he said.

"The fact that consumers now have access to this technology via ThreatFire is excellent news, as it all helps to raise people's awareness of the need for behavioural analysis software," he added.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.