Trend Micro Updates Complete User Protection Platform

Upgrades include expanded hosted email security for protection of Microsoft Office365 deployments and browser exploit detection.

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Security software specialist Trend Micro announced major upgrades to its Complete User Protection solution, which spans PC and mobile endpoints, email and collaboration, and Web security to enable integrated visibility and threat response.

The platform, which offers support for cloud, hybrid and on-premise deployments, includes application control, which enables category-based whitelisting and PC endpoint lockdown as an additional layer of protection against advanced malware and targeted attacks that evade signature-based defense.

Refreshed vulnerability protection capabilities proactively protect against exploits directed at operating system and application vulnerabilities until patches can be deployed, while improved endpoint encryption includes preboot authentication and management for Windows Bitlocker and MacOS FileVault native disk encryption.

DCI Donor Services (DCI), a specialist in facilitating organ and tissue donation, is using the solution to support more than 300 employees and approximately 400-500 devices, including laptops and tablets.

"Since we deployed Trend Micro's security solutions, we've seen a decrease in time spent looking for security compromises," Greg Bell, IT director of DCI Donor Services, said in a statement. "The user interface is simple and easy to manage, which helps us be as efficient as possible. Plus, it alerts us when there's a threat detected across endpoints, from laptops to desktops or servers – we don't have to go out and find it. That allows us more time and resources to focus on our mission to save and enhance lives."

Other upgrades include expanded hosted email security for inbound and outbound protection of Microsoft Office365 deployments, browser exploit detection to protect against attacks directed at unpatched browser vulnerabilities, and cloud-based secure Web gateway deployment as an alternative or complement to Trend Micro's existing on-premise Web gateway.

"Trend Micro is leading the charge on delivering the most comprehensive threat protection against the latest security challenges," Eric Skinner, vice president of solutions marketing for Trend Micro, said in a statement. "At the same time, we're listening to our customers who are asking for simplicity of security management, especially as cloud migration gains momentum. In response, our unique offering provides flexible management and licensing across cloud and on-premise environments, so customers have what they need regardless of where they are in the cloud-adoption process."

In addition, enhanced central management offers user-centric visibility of threat incidents and other statuses with the ability to manage cloud and on-premise components in one integrated console.

Rounding out the package are comprehensive suite options with only endpoint protection capabilities or bundled with mail, Web and collaboration server and gateway security, and per-user pricing on each suite with 24/7 support included, along with streamlined deployment and activation features to reduce IT workload.

In a March 2014 survey on technology adoption commissioned by Trend Micro and conducted by Forrester Consulting, a majority (77 percent) of global IT security decision makers acknowledged it was important, or very important, to have flexibility of cloud, on-premise or hybrid deployment, with the ability to recalibrate as requirements change.