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Cisco, Trend Micro fight virus outbreaks

September 27th, 2005

Cisco Systems on Tuesday is expected to announce a set of threat prevention features its networking products, including a virus protection service it has developed together with Trend Micro that is designed to slow the spread of worms inside the network.

The new set of features called the Cisco Incident Control Systems (ICS) and is an extension to Cisco’s self-defending networks strategy. This service will help network administrators set security policies based on the results provided by anti-virus company Trend Micro. Cisco is expected to integrate the solution in the new version of its IOS software.

“Cisco and Trend Micro have recognized that through collaboration between our real-time threat management services, a key aspect of the Trend Micro Enterprise Protection Strategy and the Cisco Self-Defending Network security strategy and solutions, we can deliver a stronger business security environment that reduces both risk and costs for our customers,” said Eva Chen, chief executive officer of Trend Micro.

With the new ICS solution, customers will be able quickly response to worms and network outbreaks, and block the distribution of malicious programs by distributing mitigation policies across the network.

“These advancements deliver broad-based protection for new and emerging threats across the entire network and utilize existing network and security infrastructure to help protect existing business investments,” said Jeff Simpler, president and CEO of Simpler-Webb, a global managed services, technology consulting, network management, and software development solutions company.

“These solutions also underscore the increased customer demand for solutions that help customers dramatically improve the network´s ability to defend against threats; a cornerstone to the Cisco Self-Defending Network security strategy.”

Cisco’s other upgrades include a new version of Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis and Response System that can identify and respond to security threats in remote locations.

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