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Symantec announces roadmap to advanced threat protection

Symantec announces roadmap to advanced threat protection

Launches two new offerings

Symantec has unveiled its new roadmap to advanced threat protection (ATP).

The security firm made the announcement at its Vision 2014 conference in the US.

The approach will be spearheaded by two new products, Symantec Managed Security Services -Advanced Threat Protection and Symantec Advanced Threat Protection Solution. The firm said the programs correlate alerts and intelligence across a range of security technologies to provide more comprehensive attack prevention.

The company said its new approach will be informed by what it has learned about advanced threats from existing deployments. Its current email and Web security solutions review over 8.4 billion email messages and 1.7 billion Web requests a day.

Enterprise Security Group senior principal analyst, Jon Oltsik, said there is a significant need in the market for greater advanced threat protection, and many vendors do not have the holistic coverage or full-functionality needed to adequately detect and respond to targeted attacks.

“Symantec is well positioned to deliver an end-to-end advanced threat solution by building on the technologies it offers today, integrating across its portfolio, and delivering it as a service enhanced by an evolving partner ecosystem. By leveraging its global intelligence and building-in completely new incidentresponse capabilities, Symantec can really address a multitude of enterprise cybersecurity requirements.”

Symantec said that cyberattacks are rising. Cybercriminals are more ruthless than ever, and the multifaceted equation required to protect against these threats has only become more difficult. While the promise of network security-based solutions as the answer to advanced threats gains increasing attention, IT departments are still left grappling with incidents. The firm said this leaves organisations exposed and vulnerable.

Symantec information security senior vice president, Brian Dye, said in order to defend against the type of attacks the firm is seeing, there is a need to expand the focus from prevention to detection and response.

“Network security alone isn’t going to solve the problem. Adversaries are targeting all control points from the gateway to email to the endpoint. Organisations need security across these control points working together, with incident response capabilities and global information intelligence, to beat the bad guys. Symantec is bringing that powerful arsenal to market.”


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