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HP Strikes Alliances To Bolster SMB Security Offerings

Hewlett-Packard Tuesday expanded its security offerings to SMB customers by striking alliances with security software vendors Trend Micro and Symantec.

HP said it would start offering 60 days of free Symantec Norton Antivirus software updates on software reinstalled on new HP notebooks and desktop PCs, said Kevin Gilroy, HP's worldwide senior vice president and general manager, SMB segment.

"This builds on our strategy to build security into a broad portfolio of products," he said, noting that the HP security announcements help flesh out "a blueprint of security" for HP solution providers and SMB customers.

Additionally, Gilroy said HP is partnering with Trend Micro to offer a 90-day free license for the vendor's antivirus, anitspam, anti-spyware and e-mail filtering software on ProLiant servers bundled with Microsoft Small Business Server 2003. HP will also pre-load Sygate Security Agent 4.0 for HP Compaq t5710 thin clients beginning in January 2005, Gilroy said.

Gilroy said the new security features in HP products should give a boost to HP's SMB solution providers.

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