Trend Micro offers remote AV service

Trend Micro offers remote AV service

Antivirus vendor Trend Micro has released a new product that enables a company's servers to be updated with virus prevention software within 15 minutes of a virus outbreak.

The vendor has announced an enterprise protection strategy that, despite facilitating closer ties between vendor and end user, will still be sold through the channel.

With most boxed antivirus products, end users are sent the description of a virus within a few hours of it being identified, and are asked to download a fix from the vendor's Web site. Chris Poulos, managing director of Trend Micro Australia and New Zealand, said a faster response was necessary, comparing the new service with the ceiling sprinklers that are activated by smoke detectors before the fire engine can arrive.

The service involves resellers selling the end user a product called Enterprise IMSS (Interscan Messaging Security Suite) which, once installed on an end user's server, communicates directly with Trend Micro's servers every 15 minutes to check for new viruses.

The AV vendor expects that it can then download a policy document to the end user's server within 15 minutes of an outbreak. This policy document enables content filtering technology within IMSS to block any files coming into the enterprise's gateway that contain suspect keywords or content.

Within 45 minutes, the Trend Micro server will update the end user's server with a pattern or signature file to find any suspect files that may have slipped through the gateway in the first 15 minutes of the outbreak. The software will locate, clean and restore the server.

There are no additional charges for the service, which comes as part of the product licence price for Enterprise IMSS. Poulos said the product is not much more expensive than any other AV solution. A company of up to 500 seats will be charged around $30 per seat. The product is available now for NT servers and a Unix version will be ready by August 21.

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