Trend Micro has confirmed it is acquiring the Canadian intrusion-prevention and firewall software provider, Third Brigade, for an undisclosed sum.

Trend Micro has had a close partnership with Third Brigade for two years in which Trend has integrated Third Brigade's host-based intrusion-prevention/firewall software into the Trend OfficeScan product line.

Trend Micro said it would hold a press conference to discuss the acquisition but in a statement earlier on Wednesday, CEO Eva Chen said acquiring Third Brigade will "accelerate ongoing efforts to deliver innovative solutions that are uniquely suited to dynamic data centres."

Wael Mohamed, president and CEO of Third Brigade, founded in 2004, said Trend Micro and Third Brigade share a "common vision," adding that Third Brigade, as part of Trend, will benefit from the buyer's "substantial industry, channel and financial strengths."

The deal is expected to close during the second half of this year.