Tokyo, Japan (ots/PRNewswire) -
- Trend Micro Augments Award-Winning Solutions With Addition of
Innovative Anti-Spyware Experts to Provide Data Privacy Protection
Trend Micro Inc. (TSE: 4704, NASDAQ: TMIC), a leader in network
antivirus and Internet content security software and services,
announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire
InterMute, Inc., a leading developer of anti-spyware products, by
Trend Micro's United States subsidiary, subject to completion of due
diligence. InterMute's technology will further enhance Trend Micro's
anti-spyware solutions for business customers and consumers.
Spyware is a recognised, increasing security threat. According to
IDC, 67% of all computers have some form of spyware on them, and in
some cases, infected computers are host to hundreds of spyware
programs (source: IDC Market Analysis, "Worldwide Spyware 2004-2008
Forecast and Analysis: Security and System Management Sharing
Nightmares", November 2004). Additionally, the challenges of dealing
with spyware are becoming more complex. Customers need an effective
solution to deal with spyware that they want removed from their
systems but require the flexibility to choose how to handle
"grayware", those types of spyware that they may or may not want to
remove such as adware. InterMute's expertise and technology will
further Trend Micro's abilities to help customers in both of these
"Trend Micro continues to be wholly focused on providing our
customers with security solutions that offer advanced protection
against unpredictable, malicious threats," said Eva Chen, CEO and
co-founder of Trend Micro. "Spyware continues to evolve and cause
concern and damage, but not all spyware can be handled the way
viruses and worms are. Customers need effective solutions to remove
spyware, but must also be given the flexibility on how to manage it.
The acquisition of InterMute further strengthens our ability to
execute upon our anti-spyware strategy and their technology and
products are entirely complementary to our own. We expect to deliver
combined solutions to market quickly."
"Since 1999, we have seen the security business change form and
the damaging effects of spyware increase dramatically," said Ed
English, CEO of InterMute. "This is an exciting time to pursue such a
venture with Trend Micro. Given the complexity of threats like
spyware and our customers' needs for an integrated, comprehensive
approach to dealing with it, I can think of no better response than
to join forces and deliver a more advanced, complete solution for our
Trend Micro has confirmed its intention to offer InterMute's
stand-alone anti-spyware products under the Trend Micro brand.
Additionally, the company plans to integrate InterMute's anti-spyware
capabilities into its enterprise, small and medium business, and
Teleconference for Media Outlets, Analysts
To hear further information regarding this announcement, Trend
Micro is holding a telephone conference today, 10 May, at 8:30 am PST
/ 11:30 am EST / 4:30 pm GMT / 5:30 pm CET.
Those wishing to attend should register at:
For those unable to join the call, please contact Trend Micro
directly to obtain further information. The recording of the call
will later be made available on the Trend Micro website.
About Trend Micro, Inc.
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content security software and services. The Tokyo-based corporation
has business units worldwide. Trend Micro products are sold through
corporate and value-added resellers and managed service providers.
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