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Trend Micro Stops Spam at The Network

Antivirus vendor Trend Micro today began rolling out Network Reputation Services, a portfolio of network-based, anti-spam services designed to complement the company's existing anti-spam offerings.

The services represent the first offering spawned from the company's acquisition last month of Kelkea, an IP filtering and reputation services provider. Trend Micro acquired the company with plans to use Kelkea technology to fortify its security technology base.

"We believe there are a lot of growing security threats at the network level," John Maddison, senior director of the Kelkea Network Security Services Group (NSSG), said. "And we are focused on stopping it at the that level."

Kelkea IP filtering system identifies the sources of threats and often prevents them from reaching users by blocking the incoming communications of offensive IP addresses. Kelkea has a knowledgebase that contains detailed profiles with statistics and history for more than 1.5 billion IP addresses, Maddison said.

In addition to protecting the e-mail and network infrastructure from spam, reputation services can also be used to defend against threats, such as phishing and pharming, and threats launched by attackers using botnets.

The acquisition and roll out beefs up the Trend Micro already sizable spam credentials and moves it closer to tackling increasing phishing and pharming scams.

"Once again, Trend Micro has executed quickly, converting the promise of an acquisition into flexible market-ready services that address a growing customer pain," Eva Chen, CEO of Trend Micro, said. "Trend Micro Network Reputation Services provide enhanced protection against existing and emerging threats.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based Trend Micro already provides anti-spam services with capabilities for some of the largest solution providers in the world, and it maintains a network for monitoring and rating the reputation of IP addresses -- a process known as reputation services.

"By stopping the bulk of spam at the IP address, our services protect customers from the rising threat of zombie attacks and botnets, both of which utilize spam-like techniques. These new services will ultimately help customers optimize bandwidth and other resources for business-critical operations," Chen said.

Dave Rand, Trend Micro chief technologist of Internet Content Security, said approximately 90 percent of enterprise organizations inbound e-mail is considered spam. The adoption of spam-like techniques in carrying out malicious zombie and botnet attacks is creating a pressing need for advanced network-level protection.

"The services stop between 40 to 80 percent of connections from known offending IP addresses from sending suspicious e-mail into a network," he said.

This service is enabled by the Trend Micro Threat Prevention Network, which monitors the Internet and rates the "reputation" of IP addresses based on whether or not they're sending spam.

Rand said the services will also complement Trend Micro existing Spam Prevention Solution, as well as other anti-spam content filtering systems.