Trend Micro

Trend Micro

company_name = Trend Micro
company_type = Public (TYO: [ 4704] )
foundation = flagicon|USA California, USA (1988)
location = flagicon|JPN Tokyo, Japan
key_people = Eva Chen; co-founder, CTO (1996-2004), and CEO (2004–)
Steve Chang, founder and former CEO
industry = Computer software
products = Trend Micro Internet Security (formerly PC-cillin), HouseCall, Trend Micro InterScan Messaging Security, Trend Micro InterScan Web Security, Trend Micro Worry Free Security for SMB, Trend Micro OfficeScan, Private Post
revenue = $848 million (2007) [cite news
title=Trend Micro Reports Results for 2007
publisher=Trend Micro
company_slogan = Securing Your Web World
homepage = []

Trend Micro (tyo|4704) is a global company, headquartered in Tokyo, that develops software and services to protect against computer viruses, malware, spam, and Web-based threats. Steve Chang, a Taiwanese, the founder and former CEO of the company, started the company in California in 1988. In 2004 Chang passed leadership to Eva Chen, co-founder of Trend Micro. She was CTO from 1996 to 2004. One of her best known developments is Trend Micro InterScan VirusWall.

Trend Micro is known for producing the PC-cillin range of anti-virus products. They also are the creator of the free, online, browser-based malware scanner, HouseCall. In order to research and inform about worldwide security threats, they have a global threat response center, called TrendLabs. Its offices are located in the Taiwan, Japan, China, France, Germany, Ireland, United States, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Philippines and New Zealand.

Between 2004 and 2008, MSN Hotmail has been using Trend Micro to scan messages and attachments in free and Hotmail Plus accounts instead of McAfee, which has made the company more public. McAfee was then solely implemented on the MSN Premium service. With the release of the new Hotmail version part of the "Windows Live Wave 3", Trend Micro will be replaced with Microsoft's own anti-virus software, Windows Live OneCare []

In April 2005, Trend Micro suffered a high-profile false alarm, which caused widespread computer crashes and turmoil across Asia. [cite news
title=Trend Micro customers suffer weekend mayhem

In February 2006, Trend Micro released Interscan Web Security Appliance (IWSA) which is their latest addition to the company's multi-layered approach to protecting enterprise organizations against spyware and other threats. The appliance acts as the first line of defense against threats like spyware, grayware, viruses, and phishing.

In February 2007, Eva Chen reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over alleged violations. The settlement resolves alleged violations of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as well as Rule 10b-5 involving her spouse, Daniel Chiang, and trading in Sina Corp. securities.Fact|date=March 2008 She neither admitted nor denied the allegations and agreed to pay a civil penalty and not to violate securities laws in the future.

The same month, they acquired HijackThis, an antispyware program from Merijn. They also maintain CWShredder, another one of Merijn's creations.

Trend Micro is on the US Federal Buying Schedule 70 through resellers Softchoice, ASAP, and Synnex.

On January 29, 2008, Trend Micro sued Barracuda Networks over their use of the free and open source anti-virus software Clam AntiVirus, which Trend Micro claims to be in violation of their software patent on anti-virus detection on an SMTP or FTP gateway. [cite web
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first = Ryan
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title = Barracuda defends open-source antivirus from patent attack
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publisher = Ars Technica
date = 2008-01-29
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accessdate = 2008-02-05

On February 8, 2008, ScriptumLibre called for a worldwide boycott of Trend Micro because of "abusing the patent system and aggressively attacking ClamAV users and developers" [ [ Boycott Trend Micro -] ] .

In June 2008, Trend Micro introduced Trend Micro Smart Protection Network, a next-generation cloud-client content security infrastructure designed to protect customers from web threats.

Mergers and acquisitions

*In May 2005, Trend Micro acquired InterMute Inc., a developer of anti-spyware productsFact|date=February 2008
*In June 2005, it acquired Kelkea Inc., an IP filtering and reputation companyFact|date=February 2008
*On October 25 2007, it announced the intention to acquire Provilla, Inc., a provider of intelligent endpoint solutions for data leak protectionFact|date=February 2008
*On February 25 2008, it acquired Identum Ltd., a provider of ID-based cryptography (IBE) [ [ Trend Micro press release announcing acquisition of Identum] ] [ [ Crypto vendor Identum bought by Trend Micro] ]


External links

* [ Official website]
* [ TrendWatch Threat Resource Center]
* [ HouseCall]
* [ Malware Blog]
* [ Virus Encyclopedia]
* [ Trend Micro Smart Protection Network]
* [ Trend Micro (Bristol) Ltd., formerly Identum]

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