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Trend Micro

Trend Micro Inc.
Public (K.K.)
Traded as TYO: 4704
Industry Security software
Founded USA (1988)
Founder 陳怡樺 (Eva Chen)
張明正 (Steve Chang)
Jenny Chang
Headquarters 〒 151-0053
1 No. 2 - chome, Shibuya-ku Yoyogi
Tokyo, Japan
Area served
Key people
Eva Chen (CEO)
Mahendra Negi (CFO)
Wael Mohamed (COO)
Steve Chang (Chairman)
Products Trend Micro Internet Security (aka PC-cillin and VirusBuster), Deep Security, Deep Discovery, OfficeScan, Smart Surfing for Mac, Titanium Internet Security for Netbooks, Worry-Free Business Security, Hosted Email Security, Worry-Free Business Services, InterScan Web Security, InterScan Web Security as a Service, InterScan Messaging Security, Data Loss Prevention, Core Protection for Virtual Machines, Enterprise Security Suite, HouseCall, Web Protection Add-on, Smart Surfing for the iPhone, HijackThis
Revenue Increase ¥ 115,205 million (2014)[1]
Increase ¥ 33,652 million (2014)
Increase ¥ 22,303 million (2014)
Number of employees
Increase 5,258

Trend Micro Inc. (Japanese: トレンドマイクロ株式会社 Torendo Maikuro Kabushiki-Gaisha; Chinese: 趨勢科技) is a global security software company founded in Los Angeles, California with global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, and regional headquarters in Asia, Europe and the Americas. The company develops security software for servers, cloud computing environments, and small business. Its cloud and virtualization security products provide cloud security for customers of VMware,[2] Amazon AWS,[3] Microsoft Azure[4] and vCloud Air. Eva Chen serves as Trend Micro’s chief executive officer, a position she has held since 2005 when she succeeded founding CEO Steve Chang. Chang serves as chairman of Trend Micro.[5]


  • History 1
  • Products 2
    • Consumer products 2.1
    • Small business products 2.2
    • Enterprise and medium business products 2.3
    • Free tools 2.4
      • HouseCall 2.4.1
      • HijackThis 2.4.2
  • Technologies 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The company was founded in 1988 in Los Angeles by Steve Chang (張明正, Chang Ming-cheng), his wife, Jenny Chang, and her sister, Eva Chen (陳怡樺).[6] The company was established with proceeds from Steve Chang’s previous sale of a copy protection dongle to a United States-based Rainbow Technologies.[7] Shortly after establishing the company, its founders moved headquarters to Taipei.[8]

In 1992, Trend Micro took over a Japanese software firm to form Trend Micro Devices and established headquarters in Japan. It then made an agreement with CPU maker Intel under which it produced an anti-virus product for local area networks (LANs) for sale under the Intel brand. Intel paid royalties to Trend Micro for sales of LANDesk Virus Protect in the United States and Europe, while Trend paid royalties to Intel for sales in Asia. In 1993, Novell began bundling the product with its network operating system.[8] In 1996 the two companies agreed to a two-year continuation of the agreement in which Trend was allowed to globally market the ServerProtect product under its own brand alongside Intel's LANDesk brand.

Trend Micro was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1998 under the ticker 4704.[7] The company began trading on the United States-based NASDAQ stock exchange in July 1999.[9]

In 2004, founding chief executive officer Steve Chang decided to split the responsibilities of CEO and chairman of the company.[7] Company co-founder Eva Chen succeeded Steve Chang as chief executive officer of Trend Micro in January 2005.[5] Chen had most recently served as the company’s chief technology officer since 1996 and before that executive vice president since the company’s founding in May 1988.[5] Steve Chang retained his position as company chairman.[5] In May, Trend Micro acquired Braintree, Massachusetts-based antispyware company InterMute for $15 million.[10] Trend Micro had fully integrated InterMute’s SpySubtract antispyware program into its antispyware product offerings by the end of that year.[10][11] In June 2005 Trend Micro acquired Kelkea, a San Jose, California-based developer of antispam software.[12] Kelkea developed Mail Abuse Prevention System (MAPS) and IP filtering software that allowed internet service providers to block spam and phishing scams.[13] Kelkea chief executive officer Dave Rand was retained by Trend Micro as its chief technologist for content security.[12]

In March 2007, Trend Micro acquired freeware antispyware program HijackThis from its creator Merijn Bellekom for an undisclosed sum.[14][15] Trend Micro delisted its depository shares from the NASDAQ stock exchange in May.[16] Later that year, in October, Trend Micro acquired Mountain View, California-based data loss prevention software developer Provilla.[17] Provilla was the creator LeakProof, software that allowed companies to block the transmission of sensitive data and warn security managers about transmission attempts.[17]

Trend Micro acquired Identum in February 2008 for an undisclosed sum.[18] Identum, which was founded in and later spun-off from the University of Bristol cryptography department, developed ID-based email encryption software.[18] The two companies were originally in talks for Trend Micro to license Identum’s technology, but Trend Micro later decided to purchase the firm outright.[18] Identum was renamed Trend Micro (Bristol) and its encryption technology was integrated into existing Trend Micro products.[19] Existing Identum products were continued but sold under the Trend Micro brand.[19] Also that year, Trend Micro sued Barracuda Networks for the latter's distribution of ClamAV as part of a security package.[20] Trend Micro claimed that Barracuda's use of ClamAV infringed on a software patent owned by Trend Micro for filtering viruses on an Internet gateway.[20] On May 19, 2011, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a Final Rejection[21] in the reexamination of Trend Micro's U.S. patent 5,623,600.[22]

In April 2009, Trend Micro acquired Ottawa, Ontario Canada-based Third Brigade for an undisclosed sum.[23] Third Brigade developed host-based intrusion prevention and firewall software that had been used by Trend Micro in its Trend OfficeScan anti-malware suite for two years prior to acquiring Third Brigade.[23] Third Brigade was reincorporated as Trend Micro Canada Technologies.[24]

Trend Micro acquired Leeds, England-based humyo in June 2010 for an undisclosed sum.[25] humyo provided cloud-based data storage and synchronization services to small businesses and individuals.[25][26] Later that year, in November, Trend Micro acquired Mobile Armor. Mobile Armor was a developer of full disk, file and folder, and removable media encryption for mobile devices.[27] Trend Micro integrated the company’s technology into a centrally-managed platform for mobile device security.[27]

In June 2012, Trend Micro acquired Marlborough, Massachusetts-based Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate provider AffirmTrust for an undisclosed sum.[28] Trend Micro followed up with another acquisition, Taiwanese advanced network security firm Broadweb, in October 2012.[29] Broadweb was a developer of deep packet inspection technology that had the ability to block malicious data packets in real-time.[29] The technology was integrated into Trend Micro’s Custom Defense Solution, a suite that was designed to provide network-wide visibility and protection against advanced attacks and threats.[30]

Trend Micro relocated its US headquarters to the Las Colinas area of Irving, Texas in September 2013.[28] The relocation allowed the company to consolidate operations previously housed in Cupertino, California and Arlington, Texas.[28][31]

In September 2014, Trend Micro began a three-year partnership with

  • Official website
  • TrendWatch Threat Resource Center
  • HouseCall
  • Malware Blog
  • Trend Cloud Security Blog
  • Threat Encyclopedia
  • Trend Micro Smart Protection Network

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See also

Trend Micro receives its threat intelligence from TrendLabs, the company’s research, development, and support center. TrendLabs has ten labs worldwide, and is headquartered in the Philippines and employs 1,200 security experts and engineers.[44] The company’s Singapore-based lab provides malware forensics and analysis.[45]

In June 2008, Trend Micro introduced Trend Micro Smart Protection Network, a cloud-client content security infrastructure that delivers global threat intelligence to protect customers from online threats, such as data stealing malware, phishing attacks, and other web, email, and mobile threats. In 2012, Trend Micro added big data analytics to its Smart Protection Network.[41] Big data analytics allow the network to use behavioral-based identification methods to identify new security threats.[41] The network also combines in-the-cloud technologies with other client-based antivirus technologies to reduce dependency on conventional pattern file downloads on the endpoint.[42] Threat information from Trend Micro’s Smart Protection Network is deployed in real time to the company’s security software portfolio.[43]


HijackThis is a freeware open source anti-malware application for Microsoft Windows. It scans a user’s hard drive and registry for irregularities in Windows installations.[39] Experienced users can review the log files generated by HijackThis to fix security threats.[40]


HouseCall, a free web-based utility, scans for and cleans computers of viruses, Trojans, spyware, and other malware. It performs additional security checks to identify and fix vulnerabilities to prevent reinfection. According to Trend Micro, HouseCall is compatible with all browsers and with the following operating systems: Windows XP (32-bit) Home or Professional; Windows Vista (32-bit, 64-bit) Ultimate, Business, Home Premium, or Home Basic; and Windows 7, RC (32-bit, 64-bit); and Windows 8. HouseCall version 7.1 allowed users to perform a Full Scan, Quick Scan, or Custom Scan.[38]


Trend Micro acquired the OSSEC project along with its acquisition of Third Brigade, and has promised to keep it open source and free.[36] The company also maintains multiple free security tools, including Browser Guard, HijackThis, HouseCall, Dr. Cleaner for Mac, RootkitBuster, RUBotted, Smart Surfing for iPhone, and Threat Resource Center.[37]

Free tools

Trend Micro Enterprise products offer comprehensive protection from the endpoint and mobile devices to servers, datacenter, network and the cloud. Products offered by Trend Micro Enterprise include OfficeScan, Deep Security, Deep Discovery, InterScan Web Security, InterScan Web Security as a Service, InterScan Messaging Security, ScanMail for Microsoft Exchange, and ServerProtect.[35]

Enterprise and medium business products

Trend Micro offers Worry-Free Business Security Standard and Advanced on-premises security suites for small businesses. The company also provides for small businesses Worry-Free Business Security Services, a cloud-based security suite hosted by Trend Micro, and InterScan Messaging Hosted Security.[34]

Small business products

Trend Micro also offers security software for mobile devices, including Mobile Security & Antivirus for Android, Mobile Security & Antivirus for iOS, Trend Micro Mobile Security for Kindle, Trend Micro Password Manager for Android, Trend Micro Password Manager for iOS, Smart Surfing for iPhone and SafeSync Mobile.[33]

Trend Micro provides multiple security programs for consumers, including Trend Micro Antivirus+ Security, Trend Micro Internet Security, Trend Micro Maximum Security, Trend Micro Premium Security, and Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac. Additional tools available to consumers include Trend Micro SafeSync for backing up and syncing data between computers and mobile devices and Password Manager, which allows users to manage passwords and login IDs.[33]

Consumer products



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