Symantec Adds Web Gateway Security to Protection Suite

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Symantec has integrated the Mi5 Networks Web Gateway 4.5, acquired in April, into its Symantec Protection Suite Enterprise Edition. The move increases Symantec's Web security play against competitors such as Blue Coat and Websense.

Symantec today announced the integration of Web Gateway 4.5 into its Symantec Protection Suite Enterprise Edition following the company’s April acquisition of Mi5 Networks.

The latest improvement to the Symantec suite adds a new tier of anti-malware technology to the existing anti-virus engine that is meant to better protect users from botnet and Web 2.0 attacks. Included within these new layers is zero-latency, real-time scanning of inbound and outbound traffic and technology designed to protect against malicious Web sites, active content and application file downloads prevalent in many Web 2.0-era threats.

The new release comes at a crucial time. In 2008, Web application vulnerabilities shot up by 60 percent, according to Symantec’s most recent threat report.

And in its midyear threat report released last week, Symantec reported that its researchers are now blocking an average of more than 245 million malicious code attacks worldwide every month. Researchers say that most of these are never-seen-before threats delivered via the Web.

"Many of these attacks are launched against users who visit legitimate Web sites that have been compromised by attackers in order to redirect users to sites that serve malicious content," the report said. "One form of infection is drive-by downloads, which allow malicious content to be downloaded onto a user’s computer without their knowledge or permission."

Symantec purchased the previously private Mi5 for an undisclosed sum specifically to integrate Mi5’s Web gateway technology into Symantec’s collection of tools. The strategic purchase has put the company in a more tenable position to compete with other Web-centric security vendors such as Blue Coat and Websense.

"Our customers and partners have made it clear that security solutions that tie together multiple layers of protection offer the highest return for the lowest cost of management," said Francis deSouza, senior vice president of the Enterprise Security Group at Symantec, in a statement following the acquisition. "Symantec is further addressing the fastest growing path for malware to infect network environments, and we look forward to integrating this technology into our security portfolio."


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