Trend Micro Receives Checkmark Premium Certification for its Mail and Web Security Solutions

Published January 17th, 2008 - 09:19 GMT

Trend Micro Incorporated (TSE: 4704), a leader in network antivirus and content security software and services, announced today that InterScan™ Messaging Security Suite, InterScan™ Gateway Security Appliance and InterScan™ Web Security Suite have received the Checkmark Premium Level Certifications for anti-spam and URL filtering following independent testing performed by West Coast Labs.
InterScan Messaging Security Suite (IMSS) and InterScan Gateway Security Appliance (IGSA) received the Checkmark Anti-Spam Premium Level Certification, which is only awarded to products that achieve at least 97 percent spam catch rate in the West Coast Labs independent anti-spam test.

IGSA and InterScan Web Security Suite (IWSS) received the Checkmark Premium Certification for URL filtering. Both products correctly identified 100 percent of the URLs contained with the West Coast Labs Test Suite in the content-filtering independent test.

Spam continues to rise dramatically. It has more than doubled in the third quarter of 2007 and spam now accounts for more than 90 percent of all email traffic on the Internet. With methods used by spammers transforming, it’s more difficult to separate out spam emails based upon simple network-based criteria. Trend Micro offers intelligent filtering solutions with heuristic rules as well as reputation services to keep the bulk of spam entirely off the network and protect against Web-based threats.

“Spam is no longer a simple, mass-mailed advertisement. Spammers have combined efforts with hackers and are using botnets and social engineering techniques to optimize spam profits,” said Bruce Tillinger, senior product manager, Trend Micro. “They are applying spam techniques to send malware, phishing and bulk mail attacks; it’s important to stop the spam before it even enters the company’s network. We are pleased our products have received Checkmark recognition--the anti-spam and content filtering products are part of a complete mail and Web security solution.”

“Trend Micro offers highly customizable mail and Web security solutions that can be tailored to meet the demands of businesses today,” said Chris Thomas of West Coast Labs. “The quality of detection, flexibility of rule creation and implementation in the anti-spam solutions provide a solid platform with which to filter mail. Trend Micro’s commitment to performance, flexibility and comprehensive protection from Web based threats is reflected in the solutions tested.”

Trend Micro anti-spam and antivirus products are …..
• Trend Micro InterScan Messaging Security Suite. This software gateway email security solution scans email messages for spam, viruses, phishing, spyware and other mail-borne threats and provides content filtering to enforce compliance and prevent data leakage. IMSS’s powerful anti-spam protection integrates Email Reputation, IP profiler, and Trend Micro’s anti-spam composite engine to achieve a highly effective spam defense worthy of the Checkmark Anti-Spam Premium Level Certification. IMSS is part of a family of gateway email security products, including an appliance and hosted service solution.
• Trend Micro InterScan Gateway Security Appliance. This all-in-one gateway solution provides comprehensive protection from both mail and Web based security threats for small to medium sized businesses. It achieves this by blocking threats at the Internet gateway to prevent threats from entering the network and subsequently causing potential damage. IGSA utilizes the multi-layered protection components incorporated into the device to reduce spam, minimizing interruptions in the busy working day.
• Trend Micro InterScan Web Security Suite. This highly customizable enterprise gateway security solution available for Windows, Linux and Solaris protects corporate networks against web-based viruses, spyware, grayware, and phishing, plus optional modules combat malicious mobile code and manage employee Internet use.
Other Trend Micro products that received Checkmark Certification in the past year include: ScanMail™ for Lotus Domino™, ScanMail for Microsoft™ Exchange, OfficeScan™ Client/Server Edition, ServerProtect™ for Microsoft™ Windows™/Novell™ Netware™, Client Sever Messaging Security for SMB, InterScan VirusWall™ (Windows), Trend Micro™ Internet Security Pro, Trend Micro™ Internet Security 2008 and Trend Micro AntiVirus plus AntiSpyware 2008.

West Coast Labs' reports describing the Trend Micro anti-spam and content filtering results are available at:


About Trend Micro Incorporated
Trend Micro Incorporated is a pioneer in secure content and threat management. Founded in 1988, Trend Micro provides individuals and organisations of all sizes with award-winning security software, hardware and services. With headquarters in Tokyo and operations in more than 30 countries, Trend Micro solutions are sold through corporate and value-added resellers and service providers worldwide. For additional information and evaluation copies of Trend Micro products and services, visit our Web site at

About West Coast Labs
WCL is an independent technical consultancy, specialising in the independent testing and validation of the functionality and performance of information security products and services. With a global client base among the world’s leading security technology developers, WCL has a reputation for technical expertise, quality of service and independence.

About Checkmark Certification
Owned by West Coast Labs, Checkmark brings a superior quality testing and certification service to technology developers through independent, industry-accepted standards on product effectiveness and performance for the benefit of corporate end-users and decision-makers.
Far more than a static record of functionality tests, The Checkmark system is a proactive process of delivering critical product information, certification and performance data to support decision-makers’ information-gathering and decision-making processes in a wide range of security technology sectors.


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