Symantec Security Updates

By Ericka Chickowski  |  Print this article Print

Symantec offered a host of technology updates for partners and customers at its Vision Conference, hitting areas such as backup, storage, governance, and, of course, security.


Symantec's bread and butter is in security, so it's no surprise that Vision participants saw the company take the wraps off its new iterations of endpoint protection and security management console, due to come out of beta and go live later in the year. Highlights include:

Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 will offer earlier and more accurate detection and blocking of today's advanced persistent threats with improved performance. This tool is built on Insight, Symantec’s community and cloud-based reputation technology.  Built for speed and effectiveness in virtual environments, internally-conducted testing of the software in heavily consolidated virtual environments shows a 90 percent reduction in disk usage, thus delivering up to a tenfold increase in consolidation density. Symantec continues to work closely with VMware to take full advantage of virtualization awareness and introspection capabilities based on VMware vShield technology, and Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 is the first step along the optimization path for virtual and cloud environments.

The endpoint piece goes hand-in-hand with the release of Symantec Protection Center 2.0, a centralized security management console that gives customers a way to summarize and prioritize risk factors across products, groups and regions. It will offer a centralized view across the Symantec security portfolio and third-party products through three levels of integration - single sign-on, data collection and process automation. Organizations will be able to extract local intelligence from their security solutions to identify trends across areas such as malware, spam and assets. Symantec Protection Center delivers context-aware security management by correlating data from enterprise security products along with early warning alerts from Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network.