Friday, September 22, 2006

Security Cadets Admitted to ASAP

So, what is ASAP?
ASAP stands for the Alliance of Security Analysis Professionals.

ASAP started out as a small band of security sites under siege, and is rapidly expanding to include the "Best of the Best" the Internet Security Community has to offer.

ASAP is made up of website and forum owners and administrators, forum and site staff, individuals, companies and various organizations dedicated to providing security related support to computer end users.

ASAP is a joint effort designed to assist helping end users with as seamless a process as possible by using methods such as cross-referrals, multiple product support services, easy information access, and cross referencing/verification.

ASAP goals are:

  • To ensure a high standard and quality of security support no matter where you seek help.
  • To recommend in an equal and fair manner products available to keep your computer clean and safe, regardless of pricing.
  • To ensure that end users are not affected by so called "product wars" and unfair marketing tactics, which have plagued several industries in recent years.

ASAP ensures that quality support and assistance will be freely available - knock one of the support networks out and another will pick it up immediately. In addition, pooled resources permit the ability to provide support redundancy, thereby adding an additional layer of protection against Internet based threats.

If you see the ASAP logo or banner used by a site, bulletin board, or person, you can be assured that you're getting the best support and assistance possible, as the combined efforts of all ASAP members are involved in helping everyone, and ASAP won't give up until your important investment is safe and clean.

ASAP is a non-profit, volunteer network.

I see ASAP as more than that what is written in the ASAP Charter. The Security Garden is about computers, security news, information, tips and more. That is also what the ASAP Member sites provide.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you have read about Virus Burst and other rogues that have infected people's computers and attempt to lure them into purchasing the software to remove the nfection the rogue installed. Like Security Cadets, ASAP member sites provide help in the form of log analysis to provide suggestions on how to remove such infections.

The help does not stop at cleanup either. Analysts check the logs for an indication of antivirus software and firewall on the computer. Users are also encouraged to check for Microsoft Updates and receive suggestions on other security software that will help them surf safely.

Should you experience problems with your computer, rest assured that you will get the best help available if you visit an ASAP member site.

Congratulations, Security Cadets!

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