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Cisco and Trend Micro sign new security pact

Cisco Systems, Inc. and Trend Micro Inc., today announced a joint collaboration to deliver network worm and virus o...


June 7, 2004  


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Cisco Systems, Inc. and Trend Micro Inc., today announced a joint collaboration to deliver network worm and virus outbreak-prevention services to help protect networked businesses.

The new agreement is an extension of the companies’ relationship previously established in the Cisco Network Admission Control (NAC) program. It will integrate Cisco network infrastructure and security systems with Trend Micro’s technology designed to prevent worms and viruses.

Under this extended agreement, Cisco will integrate Trend Micro’s network worm and virus signatures with the Cisco Intrusion Detection System (IDS) software deployed in Cisco IOS software-based routers, Cisco Catalyst switches, and network security appliances.

Cisco has licensed additional Trend Micro technology that will, in subsequent phases, extend its threat prevention capabilities and include:

* Vulnerability assessment: Helps further isolate and shield vulnerable machines from an attack and enhance endpoint protection;

* Outbreak-prevention: Integrates policy-based attack-filtering capabilities with Cisco IDS software to accelerate network worm and virus detection and mitigation, helping customers detect, filter and contain outbreaks in the early stages of a new attack, and

* Damage clean-up: Provides companies with automated assessment and repair of infected systems.

“While combating network worms, reinfections, vulnerabilities and system damage, customers continue to suffer business disruption, so the demand for more sophisticated threat prevention methods increases,” said Steve Chang, CEO and founder of Trend Micro Inc.

As Internet threats continue to evolve in their severity and complexity, it is critical that customers deploy comprehensive outbreak-prevention solutions to help build self-defending networks, said Richard Palmer, vice president of Cisco’s VPN and Security business unit.