Trend Micro will use intrusion prevention software from startup Third Brigade in its own OfficeScan desktop anti-virus software.

Trend senior product manager Ron Clarkson said Trend expects to have ready a software plug-in for OfficeScan based on Third Brigade's Deep Security by the fourth quarter of this year.

OfficeScan 8.0, the current version of the Trend endpoint-security product, uses a plug-in architecture that facilitates this type of integration, Clarkson says. Customers of OfficeScan 8.0 should be able to simply add the plug-in without a major upgrade.

Trend Micro indicated that the arrangement with Third Brigade constitutes the first OEM arrangement it has undertaken for OfficeScan 8.0. Specific pricing and naming for the OfficeScan software plug-in are not yet available.