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.
CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 08, 2010 /PRNewswire/ – Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in the fight against cybercrime, today released new security software that provides state-of-the-art protection for consumers’ data, delivered with optimal performance and ease-of-use. Trend Micro’s Titanium Security 2011 stops viruses, spyware, and phishing attacks before they reach you, your family or home office PC.
Titanium 2011 utilizes a revolutionary cloud-client strategy that combines cloud-based web, email, and file reputation services with Trend Micro’s Smart Scanning technology for real-time, up-to-date protection against today’s sophisticated threats. The new three-product family includes Titanium™ Antivirus+, Titanium™ Internet Security, and Titanium™ Maximum Security. Each provides customers with better performing, easiest-to-use security software that ensures ultimate protection.
Because a portion of the application resides on Trend Micro’s own servers, Titanium 2011 is able to stop threats before they can reach a protected PC. This partially cloud-based architecture also lightens the protected computer’s processing, memory, and storage load, resulting in significant performance gains. In real world test scenarios, early independent testing has already determined that Titanium is a leader in protection and performance and is designed to stop Internet malware proactively.
“Titanium 2011 is an all-around win for consumers,” said Carol Carpenter, executive general manager for the Consumer and Small Business units at Trend Micro. “Our new technology takes family and PC protection to entirely new heights and is the most effective way to challenge the explosion of real world online threats that we expect will continue indefinitely. It’s a major upgrade for our customers, for Trend Micro and for the industry.”
Titanium uses Trend Micro’s Smart Scan engine to deliver immediate protection directly from the Internet cloud. By accessing Trend Micro’s continually updated reputation databases over the Internet, response to threats is significantly faster than with conventional security software. Such applications require large periodic downloads of malware signatures that provide less effective protection than Titanium 2011’s access to live reputation data.
The Smart Scan engine also works with local indexes and caches, as well as heuristics and behavior monitoring technologies, all of which reside on the customer’s PC, so the user’s data is still protected when the PC is offline. This powerful combination fights threats both in the cloud and on the local machine.
Trend Micro Titanium 2011 also takes advantage of the Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ infrastructure that operates discreetly in the background, analyzing files and Internet activities for threats. There is no need for users to worry about keeping a large database of protection signatures continually updated on the local PC hard drive, since the reputation services used by Titanium Security 2011 are located in the cloud. This is a completely new way to protect users’ data.
Previous security applications from Trend Micro and its competitors store threat information on the protected computer itself. Besides requiring the machine to actually “touch” an infected site in order to evaluate the threat, it also required frequent updates of the threat database.
A recently conducted set of tests by NSS Labs demonstrates the superior protection of Titanium™. In the tests, Titanium™ is rated #1 in catching malware before it executes on a user’s computer and #1 in stopping zero hour malware. The complete findings will be available in an upcoming report from NSS Labs (http://www.nsslabs.com).
In designing Titanium 2011, Trend Micro engineers focused not only on providing better protection, but also on increased performance, resulting in a dramatically thinner application that is not only smaller in size but also lighter in CPU and memory usage.
“The buyers of security software are torn between the need to be protected and the need to maintain adequate performance,” said Rob Enderle Principal Analyst for the Enderle Group. “These conflicting needs often have them at war with their security solution and under protected. Titanium 2011 from Trend Micro is the first product to deeply embrace both needs to provide a security solution that actually may increase performance removing this painful conflict,” Rob Enderle, Principal Analyst, Enderle Group.
Titanium 2011 transforms the customer experience across a number of key benchmarks, including faster scan times, as well as lower memory and CPU usage, balancing thoroughness with efficiency. Faster boot time, quicker file copying, a smaller installer size, and full scan optimization after initial installment are other enhancements.
“The threat landscape is becoming more sophisticated and prolific – and Titanium meets the challenge,” said Brook Stein, senior product manager for Trend Micro. “Customers have told us they were tired of security software slowing their computers down, but weren’t willing to sacrifice the quality of protection. Our answer is Titanium 2011, the most robust protective system we have ever built and by far the easiest to use.”
Easier To Use
Using a revamped, widget-like interface, Titanium 2011 users can easily navigate and control settings and reports. The software also helps parents keep their children safe from cyber criminals and inappropriate content when they go online and can fight spam and other unsolicited commercial e-mail.
In all three versions, Titanium 2011 is:
• Light on system resources so PCs can run faster
• Designed to be easy-to-use and understand with simple screens and graphical reports
• Uses less than half the disk space and memory of other security products
Configuration is simple, since default settings are optimized for each user right out of the box and can be easily modified. Intuitive security reports with simple screens and graphs provide users with everything they need to understand their computer’s security status. The security dashboard shows protection status at a glance and annoying pop-ups and interruption notifications have been eliminated.
The Titanium Maximum Security version adds easy-to-use options including secure erase, remote file lock in case of computer theft, a system tuner, and 10GB of secure online backup and sync with sharing features.
All versions of Trend Micro Titanium 2011 automatically find and uninstall existing and unnecessary security software to help reduce conflicts that can occur when multiple solutions are in operation.
Availability, Prices and Requirements
Trend Micro Titanium is a family of three products offering protection that is not only effective, fast and easy-to-use, but also brings the power of cloud computing to block threats before they reach your computer.
Trend Micro Titanium 2011 products will be available for purchase starting September 08, 2010 in the U.S. through retailers and the Trend Micro online store, through retail channel partners in select countries worldwide, and at various retail locations online.
• Trend Micro™ Titanium™ Antivirus+ ($39.95 for 1 PC, $59.95 for 3 PCs) – Includes antivirus, antispyware and Web threat protection, stopping malicious downloads and finding and blocking malicious links in emails or IMs.
• Trend Micro™ Titanium™ Internet Security ($49.95 for 1 PC, $69.95 for 3 PCs) – Includes everything in Titanium Antivirus+ plus spam blocking, customizable parental controls, data theft prevention, and helps prevent unauthorized changes to applications.
• Trend Micro™ Titanium™ Maximum Security ($59.95 for 1 PC, $79.95 for 3 PCs) – Includes everything in Titanium Internet Security plus 10 GB secure online backup with sync and sharing features, system optimization, Secure Erase, Wi-Fi protection and Remote File Lock to remotely secure confidential files in case your PC is stolen.
Trend Micro Titanium 2011 products support Microsoft Windows® 7 Family, Service Pack 1 or higher; Windows Vista, Service Pack 1 or higher; and Windows® XP Family (32 bit or higher), Service Pack 3 or higher. For Windows 7 and Vista 1GB memory is recommended; for Windows XP 512MB is recommended; and 500 MB disk space for all three editions.
About Trend Micro
Founded in 1988, Trend Micro Inc., a global leader in Internet content security has over 20 years of experience creating a safer world for consumers and businesses to exchange digital information. Based in Tokyo and employing more than 4,400 people in 23 countries, Trend is both a pioneer and industry vanguard. The company is advancing integrated threat management technology to protect operational continuity, personal information, and property from malware, spam, data leaks and the newest Web threats.
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Trend Micro’s flexible solutions are supported 24/7 by threat intelligence and analysis experts around the globe.
Many of these solutions are powered by the Smart Protection Network infrastructure, an Internet cloud-based innovation that combines sophisticated reputation technology, feedback loops, and the expertise of TrendLabs℠ researchers to deliver real-time protection against rapidly emerging threats. Trend Micro’s trusted security solutions include products ranging from single PC consumer solutions to enterprise-level security and threat management. Trend’s products are sold through business partners worldwide. Please visit Trend Micro.com to learn more.