Trend Micro Introduces Second-Generation Network Access Control Appliance Network VirusWall Enforcer

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Comprehensive solution builds on momentum from first-generation version to offer unique and mature -- combination of agent-less policy enforcement, network worm prevention.

Trend Micro Incorporated, a leader in network antivirus and content security software and services, today announced Network VirusWall Enforcer, its second-generation enterprise-class Network Access Control (NAC) appliance that ensures that all devices managed or unmanaged, local or remote comply with security policies before theyre granted access to corporate networks. 

Unlike other first-generation NAC appliances that have been announced recently, Network VirusWall Enforcer integrates all aspects of NAC with anti-worm capabilities into one simple appliance. Its superior automation of the entire NAC flow, including agent-less remediation, reduces administrative burden and increases user productivity. 

Deployed in hundreds of large enterprise networks around the world, Network VirusWall Enforcer provides agentless policy enforcement to ensure that employees, contractors, partners, and visitors connect to corporate networks using a secure, virus-free device. 

Network VirusWall Enforcer scans devices for security software, critical patches, and current updates. It evaluates the security profile of networked devices, including information about hundreds of versions of antivirus software, signature updates, and Microsoft vulnerabilities, and then administers precise security policies automatically, without end-user intervention. Non-compliant devices are quarantined and undergo automatic remediation. Once a device is cleaned and meets corporate security requirements, it is allowed to access the network. 

Overall, Network VirusWall Enforcer extends the benefits of Trend Micros Enterprise Protection Strategy, a comprehensive, multi-layered solution framework that protects against known and unknown threats. Because of its maturity, the appliance delivers the enterprise-class policy enforcement businesses need to protect their IT investments and end users. 

We chose Trend Micro Network VirusWall as it was the only product which would perform the function we wanted, said Peter Hurst, network infrastructure manager for U.K.-based heating products maker Baxi Potterton. There have been increases in IT productivity due to the implementation of NVW in the Baxi Heating U.K. network, and outages due to network-borne worms have been reduced significantly as NVW contains worm outbreaks within sites. 

Network VirusWall Enforcer combines granular policy enforcement with automatic worm prevention. Because many worms can spread instantly upon connection before policy enforcement takes effect Network VirusWall Enforcer provides immediate protection by filtering network traffic to detect and block worms, BOTs, and other threats. 

Network VirusWall Enforcer is a flexible, cutting-edge solution that enhances the benefits of Enterprise Protection Strategy by enforcing security policies, supporting compliance objectives, and enabling swift recovery within quarantined network segments, said Max Cheng, executive vice president and general manager of Trend Micros enterprise business segment. By managing network access control, the appliance enables enterprise organizations to protect end users as well as critical IT investments and ensure business continuity regardless of potential threats. 

The integrated plug-and-protect appliance is ideal for enterprises that have multiple network segments and mixed Windows environments. The appliance offers flexible centralized management options for efficient enterprise-wide administration. Businesses can utilize the appliances built-in Web console or leverage Trend Micro Control Manager. 

Availability: Network VirusWall Enforcer will be available globally in mid-April.

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