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Trend Micro Announces Innovations in Security for the VMware Platform That Make Virtual Environments More Secure

  • 08 April, 2008 11:22

<p><b>Trend Micro Announces Innovations in Security for the VMware Platform That Make Virtual Environments More Secure Than Physical Environments</b></p>
<p><i>New technology securing virtualised environments to be demonstrated during the 2008 RSA Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco April 7-11</i></p>
<p><b>Sydney, Aust. – April 8, 2008</b> – Trend Micro™ Incorporated, a global leader in Internet content security, will demonstrate innovations in security solutions for VMware™ virtualised environments at the <b>2008 RSA Conference in San Francisco at Trend Micro Booth #639</b>.</p>
<p>The prototype technology consists of a new virtualisation security solution that operates in a VMware ESX 3.5 environment, scans for infected machines and remediates any that are found. With this technology, Trend Micro will be able to provide greater protection for VMware virtual machines.</p>
<p>Trend Micro is also announcing that its leading enterprise security products for the endpoint, gateway and server are supported in VMware environments. This enables joint customers to gain the same level of support for Trend Micro products running in VMware virtualised environments as they would on physical hardware.</p>
<p>Trend Micro is integrating the recently announced VMware VMsafe™ APIs into its security technology in an effort to enable channel partners and customers to enhance the security of their VMware environments. VMsafe technology protects applications running on virtual machines in ways previously not possible in physical environments. The VMsafe APIs allow vendors to develop advanced security products that combat the latest generation of malware. VMsafe technology integrates into the VMware hypervisor and provides the transparency to prevent threats and attacks such as viruses, Trojans and keyloggers from ever reaching a virtual machine. The Trend Micro™ brand of security software will have the ability to run isolated from, and at a higher level of privilege than, the target malware. This will allow offline VMware virtual machines to be scanned and remediated prior to being reactivated.</p>
<p>In the physical world, businesses spend a great deal of time and money securing their physical endpoints from malware and other Web threats that could enter their networks. In the virtual world, security solutions typically have not taken advantage of the benefits of virtualisation to provide security solutions that are superior to those used in pure physical environments. By using the unique introspection capabilities of VMware virtualisation software, Trend Micro is able to provide effective solutions to businesses that want the cost-savings and operating efficiencies of virtualisation, but need the protection from malware and other Web threats that may compromise their networks.</p>
<p>“Working with our recently announced VMsafe™ technology, Trend Micro can build advanced security features into future products aimed at helping our joint customers make virtual infrastructure more secure than a physical environment,” said Brian Byun, vice president of global partners and solutions at VMware. “For example, the offline scanning and remediation functionality being demonstrated by Trend Micro today would protect virtual machines against malware while they are dormant before customers bring them back online.”</p>
<p>"While organisations frequently use virtualisation to help save energy costs and lower administrative IT expenses, they also have an opportunity to leverage this technology for improved security,” said Punit Minocha, vice president of business development for Trend Micro. “Most security solutions in the market underperform in virtual environments so, together with VMware, we want to help our customers to take advantage of the cost benefits of virtualisation and to improve their organisation’s security profile at the same time."</p>
<p>VMware-support for existing Trend Micro products is effective immediately. For a complete list of these products, please visit Current VMware-supported products use the existing licensing model. Trend Micro customers who purchase these versions and switch their deployments to VMware can do so at no extra cost or software. This provides customers a choice of running the applications on standalone hardware or on virtual environments, depending on their IT needs. Certain exceptions may apply.</p>
<p>The new Trend Micro technology securing virtualised environments is expected to be available in the second half of 2008.</p>
<p><b>About Trend Micro:</b></p>
<p>Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in Internet content security, focuses on securing the exchange of digital information for businesses and consumers. A pioneer and industry vanguard, Trend Micro is advancing integrated threat management technology to protect operational continuity, personal information, and property from malware, spam, data leaks and the newest Web threats. Its flexible solutions, available in multiple form factors, are supported 24/7 by threat intelligence experts around the globe. A transnational company, with headquarters in Tokyo, Trend Micro’s trusted security solutions are sold through its business partners worldwide. Please visit</p>
<p>Copyright© 2008 Trend Micro Incorporated. All rights reserved. Trend Micro, the Trend Micro t-ball logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Trend Micro, Incorporated. All other product or company names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their owners.</p>
<p><b>Media Contact:</b></p>
<p>Brooke Radich</p>
<p>Kinetics PR</p>
<p>612 9212 3848</p>

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