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SaaS, Security an Attractive Combo for SMBs

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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.

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