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Trend Micro launches SaaS security platform

Another security vendor is getting into the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business.

Trend Micro has released SecureCloud, a platform that offers messaging gateway security, hosted email security and botnet identification services. And the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is aiming SecureCloud at its channel partners: By using SecureCloud in conjunction with the Trend Micro Worry-Free Remote Manager, partners can remotely manage services for multiple customers from one hosted location. The company’s future plans for SecureCloud include the ability to manage customers’ gateways as well.

Trend Micro also says partners can scale SecureCloud to meet the needs of small businesses and large enterprises. Here’s the price structure:

Email Reputation Services Advanced (messaging gateway security): $6.80 per user for 250 users

InterScan Hosted Messaging Security Advanced (hosted email security): $28.50 per user for 250 users

Botnet Identification Service: 9 cents per user for 500,000 users

The SecureCloud announcement marks another shift towards managed services in the security market. In April, Symantec launched its Online Backup Service — its first in a planned series of SaaS offerings called the Symantec Protection Network. McAfee also offers security SaaS platforms, including its Secure Messaging Service and Security Alert Service.

Does the SaaS trend threaten value-added resellers, who see vendors and managed service providers hosting more and more of the work they’d typically do? Or does it present new opportunities? is working on a story asking these questions, but leave your comments in the meantime.

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