Cisco and Trend Micro offer router-level protection

February 18th, 2009

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Cisco Systems and Trend Micro have come up with a nifty way for home owners and small businesses to centrally deploy antivirus protection to a network of devices – just like a big corporation. The two companies announced a partnership to imbed Trend’s antivirus suite in two models of Linksys by Cisco Wireless-N routers.

The concept, called Home Network Defender, makes a lot of sense. It makes it a breeze for those of us operating home or small business networks to keep updated antivirus protection on multiple computers and networking devices. So any PC, laptop, video game console, or other device accessing the Internet via the router is protected. No need to install antivirus software on each device. Parents can set up access rules for children; and junior, presumably, will find it a bit more challenging to reset the rules in the router.

Cost is price of a new Linksys router capable of doing this – models WRT310N and WRT610N — and an annual subscription of $60, though there are some introductory discounts.

“We are pleased to be able to offer smart and effective Internet protection for the home so that families can receive the strongest real-time protection against the latest Internet threats while enjoying online activities to the fullest.” said Carol Carpenter, vice president of global marketing for Trend Micro’s consumer business unit.

–Byron Acohido

Photo: Carol Carpenter