Trend Micro-ISS-Softbank in China venture

Trend Micro joins ISS and Softbank in strategic China investment to distribute its products to the enterprise market and as a service partner.

SINGAPORE - Trend Micro joins ISS and Softbank in strategic China investment to distribute its products to the enterprise market and as a service partner.

Trend Micro has announced a joint venture with Internet Security Systems (ISS) and Softbank Investment Corp. (Japan) to invest in Internet security provider Internet Security One Ltd. (IS-One) of China. In addition to distributing Trend Micro's enterprise antivirus solutions in China, IS-One will be a major distributor of Trend Micro subsidiary ipTrend's eStation Internet server appliance.

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IS-One will also provide service and support to Trend Micro customers 24-hours a day, seven-days a week as an eDoctor Service Provider and ipTrend Remote Service Center.

IS-One, claimed to be China's leading Internet security solution provider, specialises in security assessment and intrusion detection technology. Its clients include Chinese financial institutions, communications providers, ISPs and service providers, and government agencies.

"Enterprises in China urgently require world-class network security solutions from companies which specialize in this market, such as Trend Micro in the field of viruses and malicious code," said Steve Chang, Trend Micro's President and CEO.

He added, "In order to meet the burgeoning need for Internet security solutions in China, Trend Micro will be a long-term strategic partner of leading Chinese security providers, such as IS-One. Besides offering enterprises best-of-breed Internet security products, we intend to promote knowledge of network security and virus protection to Chinese Internet users."