Trend Micro adds antivirus trio for Linux

Looking to provide protection for what it sees as the growing numbers of Linux users, Trend Micro Inc. Monday announced a trio of new antivirus and content scanning products for gateways, groupware and servers in conjunction with the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo being held in San Francisco this week.

Such security products are needed on Linux because as use of the operating system grows, so too does the likelihood of more viruses and exploits targeting Linux systems, said Richard Ku, product group manager at Trend Micro, which is based in Tokyo.

The first new product from Trend is a Linux version of its InterScan VirusWall software for Internet gateways. The software, which runs on Internet gateways running SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol), HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) and FTP (File Transfer Protocol), offers virus and content scanning for inbound and outbound network traffic, as well as optional filters for spam, Ku said. The software, which is already available online, is supported on the Red Hat Inc., SuSE AG, and Turbolinux Inc. distributions of Linux, Ku said. Pricing for the software was not immediately available.

Trend also announced ScanMail for Lotus Notes running on IBM Corp.'s Domino server. ScanMail for Lotus Notes provides antivirus and content scanning for systems running Lotus Notes on the Domino server platform, as well as offering administrators e-mail policy features, bandwidth management tools and more, he said. ScanMail for Lotus Notes will be available at the end of the month and runs on the Red Hat, SuSE and Turbolinux distributions. Pricing was not immediately available.

Lastly, the company took the wraps off Server Protect for Linux, an antivirus and content scanning tool for fileservers running Linux. The product offers the same antivirus and content scanning features as its siblings and runs on the same Linux distributions, Ku said. Pricing for Server Protect for Linux was also not available.

The release of the three Linux products signals the extension of Trend's Enterprise Protection Strategy (EPS) to the Linux platform, Ku said.

The Enterprise Protection Strategy is a suite of services designed to help users protect their networks during virus outbreaks but before antivirus signatures are available, as well as clean up after outbreaks. Some of the EPS services are launched from server or gateway software, rather than through a management console, and thus require those applications in order to support the services.

LinuxWorld runs from Monday through Thursday in San Francisco.

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