Technology giant Dell announced the expansion of its relationship with Internet content security specialist Trend Micro to enhance its security solutions portfolio and bring Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Services to small and midsize businesses. The two companies worked together to develop a customized user interface, designed to simplify the management process for business owners and IT administrators when it comes to endpoint security.
Features include a centralized Web-based management console, which gives IT administrators and business owners anywhere, anytime Web-access to view and manage their security, trend antivirus and threat scans that are processed in the Smart Protection Network, reducing system performance impact, preconfigured security parameters and global neighborhood watch threat detection: Threat sensors identify new Web threats wherever they emerge to block dangerous Websites, viruses and other threats.
"According to the FBI, cyber-criminals steal millions from small and midsize companies," said Carol Carpenter, general manager of Trend Micro consumer and small business. "Small businesses and emerging entrepreneurs are targeted more often than enterprises as they typically have limited IT resources to manage security threats. Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Services lets business owners focus on growing their business without worrying about IT by protecting their customer data while keeping the maintenance cost low."
Dell's expanded relationship with Trend Micro supports the July announcement of the company's security solutions portfolio SMBs with enhanced security technologies. Warren Brown, founder of the bake shop Cake Love and recipient of an IT makeover sponsored by Dell, said security of his customer information and company data constantly weighs on his mind, but routine maintenance eats up time that could be better used running his business. "When something goes wrong employees can't get their jobs done, customers can't get services, orders can't be processed and supplies can't be ordered," he said. "The Dell and Trend Micro solution automates the process and gives me peace of mind, as I know we're protected."
Trend Micro also provides a list of tips to help keep your business protected, including closing doors to malware by applying firewalls and cleaning up e-mail inboxes, writing a security policy suited to the particular business, tackle potential social media issues before they can arise and protect networks and applications with passwords.
The company also recommends asking employees for help by reaching out to them through explanation and education. Most security breaches are due to human error, so Trend Micro suggests highlighting the importance of security can go a long way to protecting sensitive documents and data.
"Like Warren, customers consistently tell us that their data is priceless and security is the top IT concern in their businesses," said Paulette Altmaier, vice president and general manager of Dell's global SMB solutions. "To address this, Dell has gone out into the market on behalf of our customers and assessed the best approach to security. We've put a comprehensive security solution into place by integrating best-of-breed products with Dell's own products and technology as well as components from strategic partners including Trend Micro's Worry-Free Business Security Services."