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Trend Micro unveils threat-fighting tools for SMBs

Trend Micro has introduced its new Worry Free product, designed to help small firms prevent data leakage and protect themselves.

SMB security

Trend Micro has launched Worry Free Business Security 7, designed to help small businesses fend off the various threats facing them today.

Included in the package is email data leakage prevention, allowing firms to monitor and stop any accidental or deliberate loss of confidential information being sent via email.

The service comes with Mac client protection as well, meaning both Windows and Mac users can take advantage of the services without having to pay for additional software.

Another feature provides the business with the ability to control access to USBs and other removable devices, again to prevent data loss from the organisation.

"Data loss, either through internal data leaks or malware, is a serious issue for small businesses," said Caroline Hodson, head of UK channel sales and marketing at Trend Micro.

"Worry-Free Business Security 7 offers small businesses data leakage protection while stopping threats before they reach their networks."

The announcement came after Trend released its 2010 corporate end user survey, which showed 60 per cent of small businesses expressed concerns over data-stealing malware, while 56 per cent said they were anxious about data leaks - both intentional and unintentional.

Despite clear concerns over security, the research indicated bigger firms were more aware of the issues at hand.

In the UK, 73 per cent of employees from large companies claimed to be aware of confidential data compared to 63 per cent from small companies.

However, in the US, UK, Germany and Japan, employees at bigger firms were significantly more likely to admit other employees have leaked data from within their organisation.

According to analyst firm Context, the Worry Free line of products has been something of a money-spinner for Trend.

Almost half (49 per cent) of the total sales of licenses in September this year in the sub 100 seats small to medium sized business segment went on a Worry Free offering.

Elsewhere in the security sphere, Webroot acquired Derby-based Prevx this week, claiming the pair will lead a "revolution in the security industry."

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