Turns out that our blog post about the growing list of providers offering software-as-a-service security solutions for SMBs left out at least one prominent contender: Trend Micro.
The company is rolling out SecureCloud, a collection of three services designed to help SMBs secure their e-mail, reports internetnews.com.
The primary service is e-mail filtering, with mail being scanned by Trend Micro for spam and unwanted code and links. A second service is designed to help SMBs eliminate botnet herders, which hijack PCs for nefarious purposes, from their networks. The third service checks incoming and outgoing e-mail for connections to the IP addresses of known spammers.
Trend Micro is actually a bit late to the burgeoning SaaS security game, says a Yankee Group analyst, though he notes: "...It's better to be late to the table for a big market than late to the table for a small one."
Competitors include MessageLabs, Postini (which was just acquired by Google) and Microsoft.