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Trend Micro, Nokia Team on Content Security

Virus protection firm Trend Micro has clinched a deal with Nokia to partner on content management security services for enterprise clients.

Trend Micro and Nokia plan to roll out a new appliance -- the Nokia Message Protector SC6600 -- for the enterprise clients, which serves as a dedicated SMTP message protector sitting at the Internet gateway.

The Nokia-Trend Micro promises "defense-in-depth email protection" and includes tools for statistical virus protection, SPAM rejection and intelligent exploit rejection.

"The system is designed to ensure maximum integrity and uptime of the enterprise messaging infrastructure and internal tests show that it can scan more than 120,000 messages per hour," said Dan MacDonald, vice president of Nokia's Internet Communication unit. The appliance will bundle Trend Micro's virus protection software with Nokia's update processes and will feature hot-swappable drives and RAID 1 protection.

Officials say the Message Protector SC6600 appliance would be sold exclusively through Nokia and backed by its "First call, Final resolution" support network, which features a single point of contact for all support issues.

The companies did not release a price point for the appliance and a company official said details of its commercial availability would be available in early 2003.

For Trend Micro, the deal is significant because it now appears Nokia will part ways with Network Associates-owned McAfee.com, which provides virus-protection services to Nokia's content-based appliances. Trend Micro competes directly with Network Associates , Computer Associates and Symantec in the anti-virus software space.

Nokia officials count not be reached to discuss how the McAfee partnership affects the deal with rival Trend Micro but the Nokia announcement featured rave reviews from MacDonald on Trend Micro's "proven innovation and market leadership in anti-virus and content security solutions."

"They (Trend Micro) bring an important strategic component to Nokia's network security system approach," MacDonald added.

He said the Nokia-Trend Micro appliance would tackle e-mail borne exploits which harm overall network integrity by delivering tools for statistical protection, secure automatic updating, and unmatched throughput and reliability.

The Message Protector SC6600 would be immediately available for medium- to large-scale enterprises and extended to the small business and consumer markets in the future.

Nokia's Internet Communications unit, which is based in Mountain View, Calif., hawks network security, Virtual Private Network VPN) and Internet Traffic Management software to corporate enterprise and managed service provider networks.