Trend Micro today announced the latest major version of its InterScan™ Messaging Security Virtual Appliance (IMSVA), which the company characterizes as a unique hybrid SaaS email security solution that integrates in-the-cloud protection and SaaS security services.
According to Steve Quane, Chief Product Officer at Trend Micro, the in-the-cloud SaaS component “does all the heavy lifting of blocking spam outside of the enterprise’s network and reduces email volumes up to 90 percent, so that less bandwidth, servers and staff are required.” The other component, the “VMware Ready” virtual appliance, allows granular control of outbound content and customization. Both components are controlled via a single management/reporting console.
The new offering also adds Web Reputation technology that scans URLs embedded in emails and examines factors such as the age of a site, its history of location changes, and suspicious activity, all of which may indicate a threat of hidden malware.
The new Trend Micro solution is updated continuously via the company’s Smart Protection Network infrastructure, which scans, filters and correlates more than 20 billion emails, Web sites and files every day.
According to Michael Osterman, president and founder of Osterman Research, enterprises can save 55 to 70 percent by moving from a homebrewed to an integrated hybrid email security solution. “In addition,” says Osterman, “those organizations that have yet to move to a hosted/hybrid solution can save 30 to 40 percent by moving from a traditional on-premise hardware appliance to an integrated hybrid solution from Trend Micro.”
IMSVA Hybrid SaaS Email Security is offered with both perpetual and subscription based pricing, and is currently available as part of the Trend Micro Early Adopter Program throughout Summer 2010. Pricing varies by seat count and decreases with volume. Perpetual licensing prices start at $20.23 per user for 1,000 users.