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  • Canon Sales Introduces Anti-Virus Service with Damage Insurance
  • December 9, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Canon Sales Co., Inc. began providing corporate clients with countermeasures against computer viruses on Dec. 4.
    Canon's service includes insurance to cover damage by computer viruses in addition to the installation, maintenance and license management of vaccine software.

    The damage insurance for Canon's service was co-developed by Canon and Yasuda Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Ltd.

    Policyholders receive compensation if a computer virus falsifies data or damages any computer hardware.

    The amount of the insurance is 2.5 million yen (US$20,900) per case covering the loss of data, such as breakdown, falsification and deletion of data in a system ranging from 25 to 90 computers. For a hardware crash in an equivalent system, the insurance is 1 million yen (US$8,360) per case.

    Canon's new service is available for servers as well as client computers. The insurance is aimed toward protecting entire networks from damage by computer viruses.

    The service ranges from consultation prior to adopting anti-virus measures, the installation of a virus-proof application, monthly updating of virus definition files, and support service by telephone, Canon said.

    Also, Canon is performing license management and upgrading procedures, which tend to be complicated. The company has adopted Symantec Corp.'s Norton AntiVirus as the anti-virus application for its service.

    Canon said the service costs a minimum of 620,000 yen (US$5,180) to maintain a system with one server and 25 client computers, and a minimum of 1.2 million yen (US$10,000) for a system with three servers and 100 client computers for a year (not including license fees of applications).

    (BizTech News Dept.)

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    Updated: Tue Dec 8 13:09:52 1998 PDT