Cisco and Trend Micro extend security relationship to deliver network worm & virus outbreak-prevention services

June 7, 2004

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cisco Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CSCO - News) and Trend Micro Inc. (Nasdaq:TMIC - News; TSE:4704 - News), today announced a joint collaboration to deliver comprehensive 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, and will integrate Cisco network infrastructure and security systems with Trend Micro's worm and virus technologies, vulnerability assessment, and real-time outbreak-prevention capabilities.

Under this extended agreement, Cisco will initially 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. This will provide customers with advanced network threat intelligence and an added layer of real-time threat defense from known and unknown network worm and virus attacks.

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.

  • Damage clean-up: Provides customers 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. "Cisco's work to facilitate deployment of Trend Micro's outbreak-prevention solutions and services into Cisco networking and security products will provide customers with real-time protection at the network layer. Trend Micro is also delighted with Cisco's incorporation of Trend Micro's Network VirusWall(TM) technology into Cisco's Self-Defending Network strategy."

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