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Trend Micro Takes On Network Security

With an eye on extending client security across the network, Trend Micro on Monday introduced two new products, OfficeScan Corporate Edition v6.5 (OSCE), and InterScan Web Security Suite v2.0 (IWSS).

OSCE adds to Trend Micro's existing arsenal of client security technology new tools to combat threats such as the recent Sasser worm variants, which rely more on the network than on e-mail attachments or other file-based methods to unleash their assaults, said Bob Hansmann, director of product marketing for Trend Micro, Cupertino, Calif.

"Threats like Sasser come through the network, they never become a file," said Hansmann. "So this version of OSCE has a server component to go along with the client component, and we are actually monitoring the network activity at a lower level to detect network-based virus."

Protection against spyware, adware and dialers is also new to OSCE, and an enterprise client firewall has been added, giving the software the ability to enable and disable ports " a feature key to preventing worms like Sasser which exploit port-related vulnerabilities. Additionally, OSCE's client firewall can also scan both inbound and outbound messaging packets for malicious threats or unauthorized access to desktop clients, said Hansmann.

Aside from adding protection for network-based threats, the server component also eases client installation. As many as 11 client installation options are can be used, including deployment via CD, via e-mail, or a downloadable central file. OSCE can even automate the uninstall of existing third-party anti-virus software on clients. A Web-based management console allows administrators to coordinate policies and system configurations via the Internet.

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