George Samenuk, the chairman and chief executive of McAfee, is not losing any sleep over Microsoft \u2019s impending entry into the security software market.Microsoft wants to muscle its way into the market with Windows Live OneCare, a set of software and services designed to protect computers from viruses and other malware. Samenuk is not overly concerned, saying the effort falls short of what customers need. The recently released beta of Falcon, McAfee\u2019s next major software release, offers features that rivals Microsoft and Symantec won\u2019t be able to match when it hits the market in August, he said. Samenuk sat down with IDG News Service during a recent visit Beijing to discuss Microsoft\u2019s plans to enter the security software market and McAfee\u2019s response.IDG: Microsoft is clearly taking the issue of security more seriously these days. How is McAfee going to respond to increased competition from Microsoft?George Samenuk: Competition is always good for the customer in any industry. When we look at Microsoft entering the security space, it will be good for all of the competitors because it will make us better.When you look at their product offerings\u2014take their consumer offering for example\u2014it doesn\u2019t include antispam. it doesn\u2019t include antiphishing. It doesn\u2019t include protection against identity theft, someone stealing your financial records or your medical records.When we look at our offerings, they are fully integrated comprehensive security offerings that offer full protection, not half protection. For consumers, one of the most annoying things we get every day is spam. How can we have a consumer product without antispam?Do I worry about Microsoft? Yes. But I worry more about protecting customers. Having fully integrated product lines for consumers, small businesses and large enterprises will be the differentiating factor for McAfee. Certainly, some unaware consumers may go with Microsoft. However, I think computer users, Internet users are savvy enough that they know they need total protection.Two weeks ago, Microsoft announced 20 new vulnerabilities in one day. I\u2019m not sure corporations and governments are going to trust Microsoft with their security when they have these new vulnerabilities announced every month.IDG: Microsoft executives have a tough sales job ahead of them?\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nMcAfee\u2019s SamenukSamenuk: You have to ask them that. Security is a very competitive marketplace. You\u2019ve got to deliver high-quality products every day to protect customers, and McAfee does that.IDG: McAfee has been stronger in the corporate market than it has in the consumer market. What can the company do to get a bigger chunk of the consumer market?Samenuk: For 10 consecutive quarters, we have grown faster than Symantec in the consumer market. We weren\u2019t going to beat them in the retail stores because they had a bigger presence than us. Four years ago, we elected to fight them through Internet service providers. We had an offering, and they did not.We\u2019re finding around the world that most security products are now being bought through Internet service providers. Symantec has announced their new Norton 360 product, which will be available a year from now. We\u2019re shipping ours next month. That shows you our online strategy is working very well versus their strategy, which hasn\u2019t been able to deliver an online product with all of those functions that I\u2019ve discussed.Our challenge is to take those corporate and government customers that are using McAfee today and get them to use McAfee for their home computer. This new product that we\u2019re delivering in August will have SiteAdvisor, telling people which websites are safe and which sites are bad.Think about this, dream a little bit. If every school child that uses the Internet in China and the U.S. used SiteAdvisor, they\u2019d have much safer Internet surfing. It would tell them when they are going to bad websites or websites with viruses or spyware. A red light would come up and they would know not to go there. SiteAdvisor will be in all of our products this year.IDG: Has switching the company\u2019s name from Network Associates to McAfee had an impact on your business?Samenuk: When McAfee first started, it was known as McAfee. Then they switched the name\u2014stupidly\u2014to Network Associates. Now, finally, I changed it back to McAfee.We have 90 million people that know McAfee on a global basis. We\u2019re rebuilding the brand through using the name McAfee with all of our products. That\u2019s really helped our business over the last couple of years. Last year, our revenue grew 22 percent.The McAfee name is well recognized around the globe. I want the 700 million people who are using the Internet today, and the 1 billion who will be using the Internet two years from now, when they think of security to think of McAfee.-Sumner Lemon, IDG News Service (Beijing Bureau)Related Links:\n\nMicrosoft Windows Live OneCare Now Shipping\n\nMicrosoft Security Becomes \u2018Forefront\u2019\n\nMicrosoft, Qwest Expand Partnership With Web Security PactCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.