MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – July 6, 2011 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced the availability of Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 as well as results from independent tests demonstrating that the product outperforms the competition in both virtual and physical environments, providing unrivaled protection and blazingly fast performance. According to Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report, attackers unleashed more than 286 million distinct malicious programs in 2010, creating a challenge for traditional signature-based security solutions that can’t keep up with this volume of attacks. Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 and Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition are now available to combat the sheer volume of sophisticated attacks targeting organizations of all sizes today.
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Symantec engaged with a number of well-known third-party testing organizations to benchmark Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 against competing products in the areas of protection and performance. These tests evaluated products in both virtual environments, particularly highly consolidated virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments, as well as physical environments. Recent testing performed by Dennis Labs demonstrates that Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 running in a VDI environment defended against more real-world threats than comparable solutions from McAfee and Trend Micro. In addition, The Tolly Group measured the performance of these solutions in VDI environments, determining that Symantec completes an on-demand scan in about half the time with 49 percent less disk bandwidth when compared to solutions from McAfee and Trend Micro. In addition, Symantec Endpoint Protection required 20 percent less disk bandwidth when performing on-access scanning compared to Trend Micro’s agentless DeepSecurity solution.
In real-world security tests performed by AV-Test.org in physical environments, Symantec protected better than comparable solutions from Kaspersky, McAfee, Microsoft, Sophos and Trend Micro. In recent Passmark Software Performance Benchmarks, Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 performed faster than competing solutions from Kaspersky, McAfee, Microsoft, Sophos and Trend Micro. Passmark conducted the same evaluation for Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition against comparable solutions from ESET, Kaspersky, McAfee and Trend Micro; again, Symantec received the top performance scores.
Symantec Endpoint Protection 12: To provide unmatched protection against today’s sophisticated threat landscape, Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 uses Insight, Symantec’s award-winning community and cloud-based reputation technology, to detect and block new threats earlier and more accurately than any other corporate security product. Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 also leverages Insight to reduce the overhead of virus scanning by as much as 70 percent by automatically identifying and whitelisting Symantec-trusted high-reputation files, eliminating significant scanning activity from each endpoint. In addition, SONAR, the world’s first hybrid behavioral-reputation engine, monitors running applications for suspicious behaviors to block zero-day and highly targeted threats in real-time. Symantec’s intrusion prevention system (IPS) technology blocks attacks at the network layer, before they can do damage to a computer. Together, these technologies make Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 the fastest, most effective, corporate endpoint security product on the market.
Optimized for performance on virtual systems, Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 can automatically identify and manage virtual machines (VMs). Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 also integrates directly with VMware’s security APIs to scan for malware inside offline VMware images. To alleviate concurrent scans, known as ‘AV Storms,’ from impacting performance in dense virtual environments, Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 whitelists baseline VM images and shares scan results across VMs so that identical files only need to be scanned once across an entire pool. When combined with the scanning elimination from Insight, Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 enables faster, more responsive host systems, which in turn supports greater density of virtual instances, particularly for highly consolidated VDI environments.
Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition: Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition employs the same Insight, SONAR and IPS technologies to offer enterprise-class threat detection technologies and performance improvements for small business customers. With simple-to-use features such as an installation wizard, pre-configured policy settings and automated notifications and reports, Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition meets smaller organizations’ needs with the fastest, most effective anti-malware capabilities in the industry. Small businesses will have peace of mind that their data is safe from cybercriminals, so that they can stay focused on growing their businesses.
Security for Any Size: Symantec provides a broad portfolio of flexible solutions to meet the varying needs of companies of all sizes—from the largest enterprises to small businesses. For mid- to large-sized organizations, Symantec offers Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 for on-premise deployment. Symantec also offers the Symantec Protection Suite Enterprise Edition which includes messaging security and Web security along with backup and recovery capabilities. For smaller organizations, Symantec offers both cloud-based and on-premise solutions with Symantec Endpoint Protection.cloud and Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition, giving customers with flexible deployment options to best meet their business needs. Free trial versions are available:
• Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 Trial
• Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition Trial
• Symantec Endpoint Protection.cloud Trial
Switch to Symantec: Small and medium organizations currently using a competing endpoint security product may qualify for discounted pricing on Symantec Endpoint Protection 12. Symantec customers with a current maintenance contract are entitled to upgrade to Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 at no additional cost. Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 and Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition are now available for purchase through Symantec’s worldwide network of value-added authorized resellers, distributors and systems integrators or directly.
Symantec Security Framework: Symantec Endpoint Protection is part of the Symantec Security Framework, a portfolio of security products and services that enable organizations to counter emerging threats, support new computing models and simplify security management. Symantec’s portfolio of security products and services allow organizations to pursue innovations – such as mobile, cloud and virtual computing models. By providing relevant, actionable security intelligence and simultaneously simplifying security management, businesses can increase both the efficiency and effectiveness of their security posture.
San Ramon, California – February 14, 2011 – DeviceLock, Inc., a worldwide leader in endpoint data leak prevention (DLP) software solutions, today announced that DeviceLock 7—the first version to extend its leading contextual controls to a wide breadth of network protocols and to expand its content filtering features for endpoint security—is production-ready and generally available for purchase.
The DeviceLock Endpoint DLP Suite addresses the needs of medium to large enterprises that require a simple and affordable approach to preventing unauthorized data loss from Microsoft Windows endpoints. DeviceLock 7’s core component exerts contextual control over local data channels on protected computers. These include all peripheral devices and ports, connected smartphones/PDAs, and even document printing locally or to the network. From familiar and centralized Microsoft Windows Active Directory Group Policy Objects (GPOs) and companion consoles, DeviceLock administrators can dynamically manage distributed agents that enforce centrally defined DLP policies that permit, mitigate or prohibit data flows based on user, data type, interface, flow direction, state of encryption, date and time, and other threshold criteria.
With the separately licensed NetworkLock component, contextual protocol control is extended to FTP/S, HTTP/S, SMTP/S, Telnet, instant messengers, webmail, and social networking applications such as Twitter, MySpace and Facebook. Another new module, ContentLock, enables the monitoring and filtering of files, communications, and other data objects based on content rules that leverage context, regular expressions, numerical conditioning and Boolean operators. Pre-configured templates for detecting common data patterns, sensitive keywords, document properties, file types, and more are included and simple to configure or copy to make customized rules. The complete package delivers an unprecedented level of functionality among endpoint DLP solutions in the same price range.
“Few enterprises have implemented DLP despite the fact that data security is a #1 concern. A 2010 Forrester study found that just 15% of the market has a solution in place. Cost and complexity are holding back the remainder. This release of DeviceLock breaks that log jam on both counts,” said David Matthiesen, Director of Sales for DeviceLock in the Americas. “DeviceLock 7 makes enterprise-class endpoint DLP practical for the mainstream corporate market and affordable for organizations of any size and budget. Its modular structure and licensing program make it convenient to step up from DeviceLock’s leading contextual control over peripheral PC ports and devices to add the equivalent controls over endpoint network communications. From there, you can easily add content filtering for the most sensitive or suspect data flows across any of these channels. Each step can be taken when it makes sense per compliance needs and within budget cycle constraints.”
Recognizing more than 80 data file formats and over 4,000 file types, ContentLock extracts and filters the content of data copied to removable drives and plug-n-play storage devices, as well as all shadowed printing operations and data that are transmitted over other input/output channels on endpoint computers. This includes endpoint IP protocols, network-aware applications, email, instant messengers, clipboard, and social media sites covered by NetworkLock if both modules are licensed and configured. A packaged file-archive handling feature provides further protection from leakage from compressed file archives. NetworkLock adds port-independent network protocol and application detection and filtering, message and session reconstruction with file, data, and parameter extraction, as well as event logging and full or conditional data shadowing.
In the same effective way that DeviceLock currently integrates with TrueCrypt, PGP, and other removable device encryption products, DeviceLock 7 supports the Windows 7 native data encryption solution for removable drives – BitLocker To Go™. DeviceLock customers can use Microsoft-backed data encryption technology with DeviceLock on their Windows 7 endpoints at no additional cost. As BitLocker To Go can be centrally managed via Microsoft Active Directory like DeviceLock, their combination delivers to customers all the capabilities of endpoint DLP with built-in removable media encryption, while offering both functional advantages and significant cost savings.
Content filtering brings new efficiency and scalability to DeviceLock’s data shadowing function across the spectrum of endpoint data and communication channels. Now customers can filter recorded data streams down to just those pieces of information meaningful to security auditing, incident investigations and forensic analysis before saving in the shadow log. This tremendously reduces storage space and network bandwidth requirements for shadow log collection back to the central database.
DeviceLock 7 is designed to seamlessly scale from small to large installations and simplify DLP deployment and management that is normally performed by in-house Windows administrators using available server and network resources. Customers can enhance their endpoint data security with content-aware and network control capabilities through the same well-proven MMC-style management interface instantly familiar to Windows security administrators. Most new users can learn and configure DeviceLock for the enterprise in just a few days. With DeviceLock Group Policy Manager, a custom-made MMC snap-in for Windows Group Policy Object Editors, DeviceLock’s transparent agents can be deployed, fully managed and maintained across the organization from within an existing Active Directory domain or forest. DeviceLock also supports LDAP, workgroup, and standalone Windows endpoint implementations.