TrendMicro has released what it claims to be the first security appliance that operates at the network layer and stops internet worms.
Network VirusWall is an outbreak prevention device that stops network viruses, blocks high-threat vulnerabilities during outbreaks, and quarantines and cleans up infection sources. It also enforces anti-virus security policies consistently across an organisation.
It’s part of TrendMicro’s EPS (enterprise protection strategy), version three of which was launched in February.
“It’s much cheaper to prevent viruses than to clean up after them,” says David Perry, TrendMicro’s global director of education.
“Manual system clean-up is where the real cost lies with viruses. EPS 111 automates the process and saves a ton of money.”
He says Network VirusWall, which sits inside the firewall, will stop any network virus, such as CodeRed, Slammer and Blaster. The estimated worldwide cost of damage caused by such viruses was $US2.15 billion in 2003.
Network VirusWall is priced at $US6900 for 100 users. The price includes the full range of EPS 111 services, which, among other things, identify which patches to apply. That’s something that has become increasingly difficult for IT people to identify because there are so many patches now released. The appliance is capable of handling up to 250 users at the switch level.