Trend Micro Extends Virus Protection to
the Network Layer; New Products And Services Part Of Latest Enterprise Protection Strategy
Trend Micro, Inc. (TSE: 4704, Nasdaq: TMIC), a leader in network antivirus and Internet
content security software and services, today announced the latest phase of its Enterprise
Protection Strategy initiative which extends virus protection into the network layer,
where rapid propagation of threats has become a prominent security concern. Offering
powerful new tools, services, and expertise to help customers manage the costs of the
outbreak lifecycle, Enterprise Protection Strategy continues to address evolving security
issues through technological innovation.
In recent years, viruses have evolved
from application-based executable malware, such as the "I Love You" or
"LOVELETTER" virus (2000) that was executed from an email attachment, to network
viruses such as "LOVGATE" (2003) that propagated through network shares, opened
backdoors, and stole system information. At the same time, vulnerabilities to networks
have expanded to include unprotected mobile devices, already infected machines, unpatched
servers (those without up-to-date software patches), and the narrowing time window between
notification of system vulnerabilities and the arrival of threats that exploit them.
"Network worms continue to be
problematic to organizations. Experience has shown that network worm attacks are
particularly difficult to contain with traditional, signature-based client and parameter
virus filtering," says Peter Firstbrook, senior research analyst at META Group.
"The speed at which Worms proliferate can cause crippling network traffic with only a
few infected clients, making remote identification, isolation, and repair of infected
machines difficult. Organizations are looking for proactive protection policies, rapid
identification of rogue/infected clients, and the ability to isolate and repair infected
machines during an outbreak."
Ironically, although most organizations
claim to use some form of virus protection, costs due to outbreaks remain high ($12.5
Billion USD based on Computer Economics estimates for 2003), mostly due to new
expenditures required to cleanup after an attack, and attempts to harden network
environments to prevent future attacks.
Continuing its tradition of technological
advancement and customer-driven solutions, Trend Micro is extending Enterprise Protection
Strategy to the network layer to help prevent the possibilities of network vulnerabilities
and subsequent potential for outbreaks. The newest tool for applying Enterprise Protection
Strategy is Trend Micro(TM) Network VirusWall(TM) 1200, an outbreak prevention appliance
designed to detect and block viruses within the network data stream, and assist security
administrators to monitor network activity for early warning signs of outbreaks through
heuristic analysis. Network VirusWall is supported through the latest version of Trend
Micro Control Manager(TM) (version 3.0), which features enhanced reporting and cascading
capabilities for centralized management and deployment to multi-level networks.
"We realized years ago that the
existence of viruses and network-based threats could not be avoided, however, outbreaks
could be prevented. Through Enterprise Protection Strategy, Trend Micro focused on
educating customers on how to prevent outbreaks, and gave them tools and information with
which to act," commented Steve Chang, CEO and co-founder of Trend Micro, Inc.
"This principle still applies today, even in the face of network viruses. Enterprise
Protection Strategy is a powerful approach to thwarting threats even as they evolve into
more destructive forms."
Network VirusWall 1200 and Control
Manager 3.0 also enable Trend Micro Vulnerability Assessment, which allows administrators
to identify and isolate vulnerable or infected machines to preserve the integrity of the
network, and enable Trend Micro Outbreak Prevention Service, which applies timely and
precise policy settings to help stop the spread of outbreaks.
Enterprise Protection Strategy has been
honored by Network Magazine as 2003 "Product of the Year" (May 2003) and won the
"Editor's Choice" from PC Magazine (April 2003).
Network VirusWall 1200 (in English
language), Control Manager 3.0, and Vulnerability Assessment (in English, Japanese, and
Chinese languages) will be available in Q1 2004.
About Trend Micro
Trend Micro, Inc. is a leader in network antivirus and Internet content security
software and services. The Tokyo-based corporation has business units worldwide. Trend
Micro products are sold through corporate and value-added resellers and managed service
providers. For additional information and evaluation copies of all Trend Micro products,
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