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CA Plays It Safe With Qurb Buy

Computer Associates added another notch to its security belt today with the announcement it acquired e-mail security software vendor Qurb.

The all-cash transaction beefs up CA's eTrust security management solutions portfolio by improving its ability to block spam and protect users from phishing attacks, e-mail fraud and other e-mail-based threats, the company said.

Details of the acquisition were not announced.

San Mateo, Calif.-based Qurb's security suite helps stop spam at installation without requiring manual configuration. The program runs a "white list" model, accepting only the messages from approved senders while discarding the others. It then automatically builds a comprehensive list of approved senders by scanning existing e-mail and contact folders.

Any incoming messages go into quarantine for review and everything you choose to accept is re-routed to your inbox.

"Computer users everywhere -- from the CIO responsible for tens of thousands of employees to small businesses and individuals -- are desperate to get control over their inboxes," Toby Weiss, senior vice president and general manager of CA's eTrust business unit, said in a statement.

The identity-based approach to security ensures a clean inbox, while content-analysis techniques help users identify potentially legitimate messages that have been quarantined, Weiss said.

"Qurb's identity-based e-mail security technology delivers that control -- effectively protecting our customers worldwide from the spam, phishing attacks, and other e-mail-based assaults that undermine productivity, erode privacy and turn everyday communications tasks into a minefield of cyber-threats," Weiss said.

The Qurb acquisition comes just one month after CA acquired Tiny Software, a provider of desktop firewall solutions. Both acquisitions broaden the company's penetration into the consumer and small-to-medium business markets, while supporting its enterprise customers with enhanced desktop security management capabilities, the company said.

Before deciding to acquire Qurb, CA had been licensing its technology for use with its eTrust consumer product line since 2004. The company said it plans to continue to market Qurb's technology as eTrust Anti-Spam and will incorporate it into the eTrust Threat Management suite.

"CA has been a great partner for Qurb and has helped expand our market footprint around the globe," said Felix Lin, CEO and founder of Qurb, who will join CA as vice president of strategy for eTrust.

Qurb software is licensed for distribution by OEMs, resellers and Internet service providers under their respective brands.