ATM assistance

Trend Micro launches a new layer of protection for ATMs in the Middle East including the Network VirusWall 300 outbreak prevention appliance.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  November 16, 2004

In response to demand from financial and public service organisations in the region, Trend Micro has announced the launch of its Network VirusWall 300 outbreak prevention appliance for the Middle East, which is designed to protect mission critical devices such as ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) against the increasing threat of Internet worms. Trend Micro Network VirusWall 300 deploys threat-specific knowledge from TrendLabs, Trend Micro’s global network of antivirus research centres, at network end points to help organisations proactively detect, prevent or contain, and eliminate outbreaks. “Progressive organisations are beginning to realise that internet worms can damage more than company computers, they can hit the machines that we take for granted in our daily lives – ATMs, airport technology, and even cash registers in the supermarket,” says Justin Doo, managing director of Trend Micro in the Middle East and Africa region. “Trend Micro is working around the clock to contain these viruses and remove the threat they represent, and Network VirusWall 300 is a critically-important addition to the arsenal of tools available,” he adds. Network VirusWall appliances help organisations improve their operational resilience by mitigating security risks, easing the virus outbreak management burden, and reducing system downtime. “Network worms continue to be problematic as financial institutions and enterprises deploy mission-critical devices such as ATM machines and self-service kiosks on TCP/IP networks. Experience has shown that network worm attacks are particularly difficult to contain with traditional, signature-based client and parameter virus filtering,” says Maria Kun, research analyst at Gartner. “The speed at which worms proliferate can cause crippling network traffic with only a few infected networked devices, making remote identification, isolation, and repair of infected devices difficult. Enterprises are looking for proactive protection policies, rapid identification of rogue/infected devices, and the ability to isolate and remotely repair infected devices during an outbreak,” she adds.

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