SINGAPORE - Trend Micro, Inc. (Nasdaq:TMIC),
a provider of enterprise antivirus and content security software for the Internet age, and Critical Path Inc. (Nasdaq: CPTH), a global provider of advanced Internet messaging solutions,
today announced a technology licensing agreement enabling Critical Path to offer its Hosted Exchange customers
email virus scanning as a value-added component of its messaging service offering.
In addition, both Critical Path
and Trend Micro have been working closely with Microsoft to deliver a secure hosted Exchange 2000 solution. Trend
Micro and Critical Path intend that, as a result of this relationship, organizations will be able to outsource
their Exchange and Exchange 2000 messaging needs to Critical Path without having to worry about the threat of computer
According to IDC, the security services market is projected to grow from US$512 million in 1998 to US$2.24 billion
in 2003, an average annual growth rate of more than 34 percent. In addition, IDC projects that the groupware market
will grow to over US$2.6 billion and have 282 million users by 2003.
By integrating antivirus security services
with groupware services, Trend Micro and Critical Path will provide customers with the ability to obtain a hosted
collaborative messaging service that is secure, reliable and scalable, enabling customers to preserve scarce IT
resources and focus efforts on other strategic projects.
Critical Path is licensing technology found in Trend Micro's award-winning InterScan® VirusWall® email
gateway virus scanning software to detect and remove viruses from its customers' email. Customers using the service
will have their networks protected from Internet-borne email viruses traveling in Microsoft Exchange environments
that can compromise information security and contribute to user "downtime."
Viruses and other malicious
code traveling in email attachments will be blocked at the SMTP Gateway, before they have a chance to enter the
Exchange environment, spread, and do damage. By outsourcing their Exchange email virus protection efforts to Critical
Path, businesses will be able to reduce the cost and downtime risk of costly viruses and be better able to control
both the quality and the cost of their antivirus management.
"A major advantage of outsourcing our messaging needs to Critical Path is that we are able to benefit from
Critical Path's advanced security features including virus protection," said Jon Netson, Manager of Network
and Technology Services, of the Kansas Farm Bureau Services." Critical Path was able to successfully filter
out the recent virus outbreaks at the network level before they reached the Exchange Server. Virus protection is
a crucial component of our overall corporate security strategy and outsourcing part of our email anti-virus needs
to Critical Path enables us to protect our valuable digital assets and at the same time focus on our core business."
With this announcement, Critical Path becomes the newest member of Trend Micro's eDoctor Global Network. Providing
a better defense against Internet viruses, the eDoctor Global Network is a worldwide Internet antivirus initiative
comprised of Service Providers (ISPs, ASPs, and telcos) who have selected Trend Micro technology to offer their
customers value-added Internet antivirus security services including virus-free email.
Since 1999, Critical Path has provided businesses worldwide with significant cost savings, access to the latest
Microsoft technology and one of the industry's most reliable, secure and scalable hosted Exchange service. Trend
Micro provides businesses worldwide with best-of-breed, server-based, centrally controlled virus protection for
Internet gateways, mail servers, file/application servers and desktops. Today, InterScan VirusWall is one of the
most stable and scalable antivirus solutions on the
"This agreement with Trend Micro is further proof that a comprehensive approach to security is crucial to
protecting the digital assets of today's businesses and consumers," said Mike Serbinis, chief security officer
of Critical Path. "Rather than creating point security solutions as an afterthought to our enterprise-class
messaging, Critical Path is taking a higher standard of care in our approach to security by ensuring that we are
using the right people, processes and technologies to create a security culture."
"Our relationship with Critical Path furthers our shared objective of creating a safe messaging and Internet
experience for businesses," said Bernie Wu, worldwide senior vice president of sales and marketing for Trend
Micro's Internet Outsourcing Services (IOS) division. "By partnering with a messaging leader like Critical
Path, Trend Micro is continuing to deliver on its vision of building antivirus and content security into the Internet
About Critical Path's InScribe Groupware Hosting service
When customers select Critical Path's InScribe Groupware Hosting service, Critical Path manages all the hardware
and software for the customer in a highly secure environment within Critical Path data centers, provides 24x7 monitoring
and support of all systems and offers advanced features such as virus scanning and Microsoft Outlook Web Access.
Critical Path's InScribe Groupware Hosting service is currently available, with a roadmap that includes support
for wireless devices, unified messaging, content filtering and instant messaging. About Trend Micro
Trend Micro Inc. provides centrally controlled server-based Internet antivirus and content security products to
the enterprise and service providers worldwide. By protecting information that flows through Internet gateways,
email servers, and file servers, Trend Micro allows companies and service providers worldwide to stop viruses and
other malicious code from a central point before they ever reach the desktop. About Critical Path, Inc.
Critical Path, Inc. (Nasdaq: CPTH) is a provider of complete end-to-end Internet messaging and collaboration
solutions for wireless, Internet-centric, telecommunication and corporate businesses. Through its allsourcing
strategy, Critical Path is the only advanced messaging provider to offer businesses the flexibility to outsource,
midsource or insource all or part of their messaging and collaboration applications.
Critical Path has built a
global infrastructure with data centers connected to key Internet exchange points. Critical Path's technology currently
reaches more than 125 million end-users through its customer relationships including more than 25 million wireless