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Trend Micro Offers Advanced Content Filtering And Virus Security

November 13, 2000 

With its enhanced management flexibility and document scanning abilities, InterScan eManager is an ideal security component for today's email-driven business environments. eManager can now recognize files encoded in the Microsoft-TNEF format, a format used for Rich Text Format (RTF) messages from Exchange or Outlook clients, and scan content within attached Word documents for tighter security and more thorough detection of confidential information or offensive language. Improved rule configurations, anti-spam filters, and notification options give administrators more granular control when setting policies. Additional bandwidth management and traffic reporting tools help administrators juggle network resources throughout the day, and act as an early indicator to potential spam or mass mailing virus outbreaks.

During a virus emergency, such as the Love Bug outbreak, customers can halt messages containing virus-laden attachments from entering or leaving the organization at the SMTP gateway, helping to staunch the spread of malware to their desktops and to other computer users. eManager's ability to block messages traveling to and from known suspicious email addresses can also be useful in case of certain backdoor Trojan programs which may initiate messages containing passwords or other network controls to hackers.

More than just a barrier against Trojans, worms, and other malicious code, a content filtering program can be an integral part of an organization's privacy policy. eManager's policy-based filters can be used to scan messages for sensitive company information or inappropriate language and to keep out spam messages based on automatically updated spam source lists or according to a user-selected library of keywords.

According to a Network World article (April 2000), nearly 74% of employees surveyed by a market research firm noted that they were increasingly getting personal emails with attachments at their workplace; nearly one of out five had received at least one potentially offensive email per month from co-workers. An MSNBC news report, citing a 1999 Gartner Group study, estimated 90% of Internet users received at least one spam mail message per week. The distributed cost of spam was believed to exceed $1 billion per year in terms of wasted employee time, server space, and telecommunications resources.

"With its newest release, InterScan eManager continues to be a tool to complement the features of InterScanVirusWall," says Oscar Chang, Trend Micro's senior vice president of product development. "Together, Trend Micro's InterScan VirusWall and eManager provide a comprehensive, proactive solution for protecting organizations against the continued onslaught of Internet and email-borne viruses and a myriad of other content threats which can disrupt network uptime."

InterScan eManager 3.5 will be demonstrated at the Computer Reseller News (CRN) Test Center at this Fall's COMDEX 2000 show in Las Vegas, Nev., on Nov. 15, 2000. The latest version of InterScan eManager for InterScan VirusWall for NT v3.0 or above and for InterScan VirusWall for Solaris v3.5 or above is anticipated to be available in mid-November. InterScan eManager 3.5 for HP-UX and Linux is expected to be released later this year.

About InterScan eManager 3.5

InterScan eManager provides intelligent content control over email system by enabling administrators to control message content, block file attachments, and filter spam. eManager 3.5 features include:

An email content filter to block email based on certain keywords or phrases, enabling administrators to stop potentially infected email messages from being delivered to unsuspecting users and to prevent distribution of confidential or inappropriate information into or out of the enterprise. Filter profiles are based on keyword lists, Boolean ("not") keyword lists and synonyms. Blocked email can be deleted, quarantined or archived.

A file attachment blocking feature that allows administrators to block incoming files by file name, type, etc., while still permitting other non-threatening email to pass through. During email virus alert situations (such as this year's Love Bug), administrators can use the file blocking feature to block emails with suspicious file attachments instead of being forced to shut the email system down to protect the system.

A rule-based spam filter to block junk mail before it reaches a company's mail server. The spam filter includes both a self-updating list of common spam sources and a customizable list of sources. The filter checks message headers (to, from, cc and subject fields) for routing domain, in-bound/out-bound status and message size, and checks the message body for designated keywords and phrases.

Pricing and Availability

InterScan eManager 3.5 will be available for download at in mid-November and has a suggested retail price of $600.00 USD for a 100-seat license. For more information, please contact Trend Micro's sales department at 800/228-5651 (North America only).

About Trend Micro

Trend Micro provides centrally controlled server-based virus protection and content-filtering products and services. By protecting information that flows through Internet gateways, email servers, and file servers, Trend Micro allows companies and service providers worldwide to stop viruses and other malicious code from a central point before they ever reach the desktop.

Trend Micro's corporate headquarters is located in Tokyo, Japan, with business units in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Trend Micro's North American headquarters is located in Cupertino, CA. Trend Micro's products are sold directly and through a network of corporate, value-added resellers and service providers. Evaluation copies of all of Trend Micro's products may be downloaded from its award-winning web site,

Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The statements included in this release contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Trend Micro cautions readers that forward-looking statements are based on Trend Micro's current expectations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are Trend Micro's ability to produce software products in a timely basis that are technologically superior to those of its competitors and to maintain such superiority, its ability to offer software products at competitive prices compared with its competitors' products, and its ability to gain and maintain customer satisfaction with its software products, in addition to other risk factors appearing from time to time in Trend Micro's filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Trend Micro assumes no obligation to update this information which speaks as of the date of this release unless specifically noted otherwise.

Note for Editors: InterScan and VirusWall are registered trademark s of Trend Micro Inc. eManager is a trademark of Trend Micro Inc. Other product and company names may be registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Trend Micro

Susan Orbuch, 800/228-5651 ext. 6362 (US)

or 408/863-6362

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