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Trend Micro gets tough on nuisance behaviour

  • 04 November, 2003 17:10

<p>Recently, the “nuisance” behaviour of spam, combined with malicious virus activity has become an issue: spammers have unleashed denial-of-service attacks on anti-spam service providers; viruses are using spam tactics to spread themselves via Internet mail; and relayed spam or viruses make victims appear they have propagated malware to colleagues.</p>
<p>A good example is the Worm_Mimail.F, a UPX compressed mass-mailing email worm and denial of service threat which pretends to be a meeting reminder from a colleague. The original Mimail.A variant began heavily spreading August 1st and has now infected a rising number of computers worldwide, with its most current incarnation mainly in Europe and the U.S.</p>
<p>As distinctions between spam, viruses, and other malicious behavior disappear and the cost of managing two separate gateway solutions remains high, the need for an integrated, scalable, messaging platform has become an expressed need for enterprise messaging administrators.</p>
<p>To ensure they are protected from both threatening and non-threatening email characteristics, organisations require a single, centrally managed solution that coordinates security protection among several fronts to help ensure they are protected from the possibility of malicious behaviour entering their networks.</p>
<p>In response to the constantly evolving nature of these threats, Trend Micro today announced the availability of the latest versions of Trend Micro™ InterScan™ Messaging Security Suite, version 5.5, and Trend Micro Spam Prevention Solution (previously Service) 2.0 which combine the capabilities of the messaging gateway antivirus solution with heuristic anti-spam scanning together in an integrated platform.</p>
<p>Internal studies have shown that, by moving to the InterScan Messaging Security Suite platform administrators can reduce cost of ownership for gateway messaging security by as much as 45 %. By integrating deployment and management at the gateway for all three critical messaging security applications, messaging security administrators have a centralised, scalable tool to define and enforce organisational policies; administer rules and filters; and manage users and lists, all time-consuming and costly activities. Additionally, preventive policies through Trend Micro Outbreak Prevention Service enable blocking of newly identified malicious code by coordinating multiple policy components at the gateway.</p>
<p>“In addition to the rising concern regarding malicious behaviour amongst known spammers, messaging administrators are concerned about the expense and ineffectiveness of managing two or more messaging solutions at the gateway,” said Chris Poulos, Trend Micro’s Managing Director. “Only an experienced gateway leader, like Trend Micro, can effectively help administrators coordinate security policies across the gateway in addition to addressing the high costs of gateway policy, administration, and security enforcement. With the launch of InterScan Messaging Security Suite, messaging administrators now have an integrated, scalable gateway solution to address all of their needs.”</p>
<p>According to IDC (2003), Trend Micro has led both the gateway and mail server antivirus market for the last 3 consecutive years. The company has pioneered several award-winning products for messaging (ScanMail™) and content management (eManager™), and most recently introduced scanning capabilities for anti-spam at the gateway (Spam Prevention Solution).</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability
InterScan Messaging Security Suite version 5.5 is available now for Microsoft™ Windows™, with Sun™ Solaris™ and Linux™ platform versions available in early Q1 2004. Pricing begins at $1445.00 AUD for up to 25 users. InterScan Messaging Security Suite is offered in an English language interface. Customers will also have the option of antivirus and content filtering, or Spam Prevention Solution as stand-alone solutions.</p>
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<p>About Trend Micro</p>
<p>Trend Micro is the world leader in providing centrally controlled server-based virus protection and content-filtering products and services. By protecting information that flows through Internet gateways, email servers and file servers, Trend Micro allows companies and service providers worldwide to stop viruses and other malicious code from a central point before they enter the network. For more information visit</p>
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