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Product roundup: Security for the SMB

Computer Associates, CyberGuard, among other security vendors have rolled out offerings for small and midsized businesses.

A slate of recent product releases offer small and midsized businesses (SMBs) more choice in addressing their business needs.

Computer Associates releases five SMB data protection software suites

Computer Associates International Inc., of Islandia, N.Y., announced its Total Protection Suite for SMBs, which includes antivirus and antispyware technology, automated data backup and restore functions, and advanced system migration technology. Pricing is slated to range from $325 to $1,099 for a five-user license.

The five suites are the following:

CA Desktop Protection Suite, for protecting data on users' desktops and laptops.

CA Server Protection Suite, for protection of centrally stored and managed data.

CA Business Protection Suite, for protection of both server- and desktop-resident data.

CA Business Protection Suite for Microsoft Small Business Server Standard Edition, for SMBs using or planning to implement the standard edition of Microsoft's Small Business Server.

CA Business Protection Suite for Microsoft Small Business Server Premium Edition, for SMBs using or planning to implement the premium edition of Microsoft's Small Business Server.

CA Protection Suites

CyberGuard launches new desktop security appliance for SMBs

Network security vendor CyberGuard Corp. has launched a new desktop appliance to protect SMBs against external and internal threats.

CyberGuard SG580 manages threats through its firewall, intrusion detection, antivirus protection and threat containment features.

The appliance ships this month and costs $699. Antivirus protection will be available in the fall.

Trend Micro Inc. unveils three antispyware software sets

Internet security software company Trend Micro Inc., based in Tokyo, has unveiled three new antispyware software sets for the home, SMBs and the enterprise. Trend Micro acquired the antispyware technology in May from InterMute Inc.

Trend Micro's antispyware offerings include the following:

Trend Micro Anti-Spyware 3.0

A PC-centric offering designed for consumer and small office/home office environments, Trend Micro Anti-Spyware monitors the system for spyware. The latest version offers several improvements compared to earlier versions. Cost is $29.95 with renewal pricing at $14.95.

Trend Micro Anti-Spyware for Small and Medium Businesses 3.0

Trend Micro Anti-Spyware for Small and Medium Businesses offers automated features such as discovery of unprotected computers, silent installation and timely updates. Prices range from $20/seat at the five- to 25-user level, to $11/seat at the 501- to 1,000-user level.

Trend Micro Anti-Spyware Enterprise Edition 3.0

This edition provides greater administrative flexibility and reporting, as well as complementing other desktop security software. The Enterprise Edition 3.0 for companies with 1,001 user licenses or more is expected to be priced at $9 per user, with lower per user pricing at higher user counts.

McAfee expands its remote virus removal and online support chat

Santa Clara, Calif.-based McAfee Inc. will extend its remote virus detection and removal services, as well as online chat with support staff.

By expanding its relationship with Sento Corp., McAfee will offer its Remote Assistance support services to Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The Remote Assistance option will be offered as a feature with McAfee's Virus Removal Service. The remote support service allows McAfee staff members to access customer's system with their permission to diagnose and repair security issues. In addition, McAfee engineers are able to suggest additional security measures. Remote Assistance is available as an optional feature within the premium voice and chat offerings.

Cast Iron Systems introduces latest version of Application Router 3000

Cast Iron Systems, a maker of application integration appliances, plans to announce next week its second generation integration appliance, the Application Router 3000.

Mountain View, Calif.-based Cast Iron Systems built the Application Router as an appliance that integrates systems by connecting, transforming and routing data and events from source to target systems.

The Application Router hardware is designed to eliminate multiple software programs and their accompanying compatibility concerns.

Also, the Application Router 3000 can be installed quickly and does not need manual intervention upon failure.

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