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September 2003

Eva Chen: Created first Web-based central antivirus management console

Eva Chen -- Co-founder and CTO, Trend Micro Jenny Chang could arguably occupy this spot as part of the trio that created Tokyo-based Trend Micro, a network and content security company with 25 worldwide business units and more than 1,800 employees. While Chang, senior VP of marketing, helped her husband Steve build Trend Micro into a global antivirus company, it's cofounder, CTO and younger sister Eva Chen who gets the nod for product development. Eva Chen Almost 10 years ago, the former sportswriter suggested that antivirus scanners should migrate from desktops to the Internet gateway, where they could catch more viruses and worms--an idea initially met with skepticism. "Some in the press told me, 'Hey, it's impossible. Information flows too fast on the gateway to scan it properly.' Analysts said there's a privacy problem--you can't scan everyone's e-mail," she recalls. "Now, of course, people beg us to scan their e-mail." Chen quietly persisted with her plan and, in 1995, created the first commercial gateway AV scanner. It ...

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