A number of UK companies have joined forces to create an early warning system to prevent the spread of viruses.
The brainchild of IT consultant Alex Morgan, the Enterprise Virus Alert Community (Evac) is a free service that has been up-and-running for several months with 17 member companies, including two high street banks.
When an Evac member finds a virus, a warning message is sent through the network, either by e-mail or via SMS. This policy has proved invaluable already in helping to nip the Love Bug variant Life Stages in the bud, preventing significant damage.
According to Matt Kelly, technical director and co-founder of Netucate Online, this sort of information is crucial in the fight against viruses. He said: "We have found from both research and experience that, for successful virus protection, communication is by far the most important factor in the successful capture and isolation."