Trend Micro acquires Kelkea

Security vendor Trend Micro has bought Kelkea, a leading authority on IP filtering and reputation services. Trend says the acquisition will allow it to develop network-level solutions against emerging threats.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  June 15, 2005

Security vendor Trend Micro has bought Kelkea, a leading authority on IP filtering and reputation services. Trend says the acquisition will allow it to develop network-level solutions against emerging and evolving threats such as phishing, pharming, and those that can be launched via botnets, as well as enhance its current anti-spam solutions. “This acquisition will significantly enhance Trend Micro’s ability to develop innovative solutions against threats that we know are still evolving but are extremely concerning to us,” says Eva Chen, CEO and co-founder of Trend Micro. “We believe the integration and continued development of Kelkea and Trend Micro technology and capabilities will place us at the forefront of the fight against unpredictable malicious threats.” IP filtering is a process for identifying the sources of threats, such as spam e-mail, and preventing these threats from reaching users by blocking incoming communications of known, offensive IP addresses. Kelkea currently provides anti-spam services with this capability for some of the largest solution providers in the world, and maintains a network for monitoring and rating the reputation of IP addresses – a process known as reputation services. Trend says reputation services are becoming key in the fight against spam. Kelkea has an extensive knowledgebase containing detailed profiles with statistics and history for more than 1.5 billion IP addresses. In addition to protecting the email and network infrastructure from spam, reputation services can also be used to defend against threats such as phishing, pharming, and threats launched by attackers using botnets. Trend Micro will initially offer Kelkea’s existing services under its own brand name, and will continue to support all of Kelkea’s current customers. Over the course of the next 12 months, Trend Micro will be developing innovative offerings and integrated services for corporate customers and service providers to stem emerging threats such as phishing, pharming, and those enabled by botnets.

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