Trend Micro launches a new Endpoint Security Platform that leverages technology from BigFix to help enterprises cut complexity associated with managing the deployment of security. The company also announces plans for the OfficeScan Client-Server suite.
Trend Micro is talking up a new set of endpoint security technologies it
says will cut complexity and improve systems management.
At the core of the discussion is Trend Micro's Endpoint Security Platform,
the result of a partnership between the security company and systems
management vendor BigFix
. In some ways, the platform can be looked at as
Trend Micro's answer both to organizations looking to combine security and
systems management and to similar moves by rivals. Symantec, for example,
launched the Symantec Endpoint Management Suite last year with similar goals.
The company announced the release of the platform in conjunction with plans
for the OfficeScan Client-Server suite, which is slated to be released
next month. The suite is a package of protections for desktops, servers,
smartphones and other devices combined with the centralized management and
reporting capabilities around Trend Micro Control Manager.
Both solutions are designed to minimize the time it takes to protect
organizations' endpoints and to ease management, officials at Trend Micro said.
"Where the complexity for enterprises comes into play for thousands of
endpoints is reporting on the compliance aspect every single day as well as
dealing with failures or lack of reporting for mobile endpoints," said Ron
Clarkson, director of endpoint security at Trend Micro. "With endpoints
increasingly mobile, not only can it be difficult to update them, but it can be
difficult to ensure that they've been updated from a security compliance
According to Trend Micro, the Endpoint Security Platform creates a unified
framework for security management that scales to support up to 250,000 users on
one management server and allows enterprises to select specific
platform modules that support their environments. The current release
contains three modules: Core Protection Module, Web Protection Module and a
Patch Management Module. A data leak prevention module based on technology the
company acquired from Provilla will be available in June, the security vendor
Trend Micro also announced the official launch of file-based
reputation technology as part of its "Smart Protection Network." The
capability, which will be included as part of the OfficeScan suite, is in line
with the ongoing adoption
of application whitelisting
by anti-malware vendors. According to Trend
Micro, the technology is designed to move pattern file
management into the cloud to reduce the burden on endpoint
"Enterprises need proactive security solutions that are able to immediately
detect new and emerging Web-based threats without overburdening their
endpoints. The cloud-client infrastructure behind File Reputation means fewer
updates to the client, with a more predictable impact on endpoint resources,"
said Jon Oltsik, senior analyst for Enterprise Strategy Group, in a statement. "The
fact that enterprises now have a choice in selecting the right endpoint
security -fit' for their organization is an added plus."