The plan is to use the centres to provide 24-hour monitoring of emerging security threats. Such monitoring will also provide faster access to threats for Windows Live OneCare. The European head of operations will be Katrin Tocheva, formerly a malware researcher at F-Secure.
Referring to the failure of OneCare to pass the VirusBulletin VB100 test, Mr. Gullotto was quoted as explaining:
"We missed one virus in their collection. While missing one virus isn't huge, it is not a good thing either. It can put the thinking into the mind of folks that we can't keep them protected."Let's face facts -- whether an anti-malware, anti-trojan or anti-virus software, all vendors have an occasional false/positive and no software will have every variant of every virus, trojan, or other nasty-ware in detection. Microsoft's new security research centres will certainly go a long way toward placing OneCare in excellent position to at least have all major variants in detection.