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Trend Micro dishes out security smorgasbord

Windows-based security software modules work as add-ons to the systems management desktop agent
By Ellen Messmer , Network World , 04/13/2009
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Trend Micro Monday dished out a smorgasbord of endpoint security products that put the focus on Trend's cloud-based architecture and its partnership with systems-management vendor BigFix.

The Trend Micro Endpoint Security Platform is the firm's entry in the growing battle to win corporate customers that want combined security and systems management in one suite. The Endpoint Security Platform package is basically a re-branding of the BigFix Unified Management System for endpoint, security configuration and vulnerability management, with specialized modules for functions such as antimalware or data-leak protection.

These Windows-based security software modules, the majority of which are available now, work as add-ons to the systems management desktop agent that's part of the Endpoint Security Platform, priced at about $26 per user. Trend Micro and BigFix are jointly marketing them.

The Core Protection Module is similar to Trend Micro's OfficeScan antimalware software, says Dan Glessner, vice president of marketing. He adds part of the strategy around the software modules is to give BigFix customers using a competitors' antimalware software a chance to try Trend Micro and simply turn on the Core Protection Module to make the switch.

The Web Protection Module is an add-on to gain Trend's Web-based Reputation Services Protection and the Patch Management Module is basically a re-branding of the BigFix systems and security agent for Windows, Apple, Linux and Unix.

The fourth module, expected out in June, is the Data Leakage Protection Module based on desktop data-loss prevention technology Trend acquired in its acquisition of start-up Provilla in late 2007.

Trend Micro's second announcement Monday concerns a radical change for an updated version of its OfficeScan Client/Server Suite which is expected to ship in mid-May.

With this tenth version of its flagship Windows servers and desktop security suite, Trend Micro is following through on its earlier promise to develop an alternative to the traditional method of anti-virus scanning that requires downloading thousands of virus signatures to the desktop.

"There are over 1,500 new malware samples created every hour," says Glessner, pointing out that downloading this volume of signature protection every day is becoming increasingly untenable.

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