Customers to gain access to critical, industry-leading security and
compliance solutions for physical and virtualized servers and endpoints
CUPERTINO, Calif. and OTTAWA, April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Trend
Micro Incorporated (TSE: 4704), a leader in network antivirus and Internet
content security software and services, announced today a definitive agreement
to acquire the Third Brigade business, a privately-held security and
compliance software company headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. Trend Micro is
buying the business to accelerate its dynamic datacenter security strategy,
and to provide customers with access to critical security and compliance
software and vulnerability response services. These all contribute to
protecting physical, virtual and cloud servers, and corporate endpoints, from
sophisticated malware and malicious activity. The acquisition is subject to
certain approvals, and is expected to close in the 2nd quarter of 2009.
Financial terms are not disclosed.
"Trend Micro has been a pioneer and global leader in server protection
software for over ten years," said Eva Chen, CEO, Trend Micro. "This
acquisition underscores our commitment to maintaining that leadership
position, and accelerates our ongoing efforts to deliver innovative new
solutions that are uniquely suited to dynamic datacenters, as they expand from
physical to virtual and public/private cloud-computing environments."
Third Brigade products and technology complement and extend Trend Micro
malware protection for dynamic datacenter environments. They offer increased
security, improved performance and deployment convenience to organizations and
service providers using virtualization in datacenters, including private and
public cloud environments. And they allow datacenter administrators to use and
protect their virtualization investments, and maximize their costs savings
through higher consolidation rates, more timely and efficient patching, and
reduced compliance costs.
Third Brigade also provides a proven, best-of-breed, host-based intrusion
defense system for protecting endpoints from zero-day malware, which
complements and layers on top of Trend Micro's suite of content security
technologies and products powered by the Smart Protection Network, a next
generation cloud-client content security infrastructure designed to protect
customers from Web and other threats. For the past 18 months, Trend Micro and
Third Brigade have been collaborating closely on the Intrusion Defense
Firewall product, which seamlessly plugs into the Trend Micro OfficeScan(TM)
architecture and is available in 9 languages.
Third Brigade also complements and extends Trend Micro's solutions for
PCI, allowing organizations to quickly and cost-effectively meet PCI
compliance requirements by addressing six of the 12 PCI requirements in a
single, centrally managed software solution, and by providing detailed,
auditable reports that document prevented attacks and policy compliance
"Our shared passion for excellence and Trend Micro's commitment to Third
Brigade's products, partners and customers were paramount in making this
decision," said Wael Mohamed, President and CEO of Third Brigade. "Our common
vision for extending proven security and compliance techniques across
physical, virtual and cloud computing environments, combined with Trend
Micro's substantial industry, channel, and financial strengths will allow us
to accelerate our pace of innovation while reaching a global market of
partners and customers. We're extremely proud and excited to be part of the
Trend Micro team."
Third Brigade customers include Fortune 500 leaders in retail, and
aerospace and defense, as well as healthcare and financial services companies,
and federal and state government agencies. These organizations rely on Third
Brigade to detect, block and log attacks that target critical systems and
endpoints, prevent business disruptions, enable compliance with key
regulations and standards including PCI, and support operational cost
reductions that are increasingly important in the current economic climate.
"Third Brigade has leading-edge security and compliance solutions that
allow Global 2000, SMBs and government organizations to better address the
needs of their next-generation datacenters, and corporate endpoints,"
continued Eva Chen. "These align with Trend Micro's mission of delivering the
most flexible and customizable Internet security solutions to address the
ever-changing threats on the Web."
In the past year, Third Brigade has received significant recognition and
certification. Third Brigade was recently identified by CIOmagazine.com as one
of 10 virtualization vendors to watch in 2009. Its Deep Security product was
recognized by eWeek as one of the ten hottest products, selected from 450
exhibitors, at the RSA Conference in San Francisco last week. The host
intrusion prevention module of Deep Security was also the first to achieve
certification for Evaluation Assurance Level 3 Augmented (EAL 3+) and it
achieved certification across more platforms (Microsoft(R) Windows(R),
Solaris(TM), Linux(TM)) than any other host-based intrusion prevention
Trend Micro is committed to the Third Brigade existing product roadmap
and will continue to offer its stand-alone products for the near term as well
as gradually integrate select Third Brigade capabilities into its own products
and solutions. The Third Brigade office in Ottawa will become the new
headquarters of Trend Micro Canada Technologies, Inc, operating as a
subsidiary of Trend Micro U.S.
Teleconference for Media Outlets, Analysts
To hear further information regarding this announcement, Trend Micro is
holding a telephone conference today, 29 April, at 7:00 am PDT / 10:00 am EDT.
Key executives from both companies will be giving a 20 minute overview on the
announcement with a 10 minute Q&A session following.
Audio Conference Access:
Step 1: Dial the Conference Access Number: Toll Free 1-800-857-5139 or
Step 2: Enter your PARTICIPANT PIN Code followed by the # sign:
Step 3: At the prompt, record the required details: Full Name and
Step 4: You will be placed on musical hold until the Event begins at 7
For those unable to join the call, please contact Trend Micro directly to
obtain further information. The recording of the call will later be made
available on the Trend Micro website.
About Trend Micro
Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in Internet content security,
focuses on securing the exchange of digital information for businesses and
consumers. A pioneer and industry vanguard, Trend Micro is advancing
integrated threat management technology to protect operational continuity,
personal information, and property from malware, spam, data leaks and the
newest Web threats. Visit TrendWatch at www.trendmicro.com/go/trendwatch to
learn more about the threats. Trend Micro's flexible solutions, available in
multiple form factors, are supported 24/7 by threat intelligence experts
around the globe. Many of these solutions are powered by the Trend Micro(TM)
Smart Protection Network, a next generation cloud-client content security
infrastructure designed to protect customers from Web threats. A transnational
company, with headquarters in Tokyo, Trend Micro's trusted security solutions
are sold through its business partners worldwide. Please visit
About Third Brigade
Third Brigade (www.thirdbrigade.com) specializes in server and
application protection for dynamic datacenters. Our advanced software and
vulnerability response service allows virtual machines and physical servers to
become self-defending; safe from the latest online threats. This
comprehensive, proven protection helps customers prevent data breaches and
business disruptions. It enables compliance, supports operational cost
reductions and addresses the dynamic nature of data centers, including
virtualization and consolidation, new service delivery models, or cloud
computing. Third Brigade also owns and maintains OSSEC, the Open Source Host
Intrusion Detection Project actively used in 50 countries around the world.
Third Brigade. That's control.
For further information:
For further information: Andrea Mueller, Senior Public Relations
Specialist, Trend Micro, +1-408-218-4754, firstname.lastname@example.org Web