CUPERTINO, Calif. - Nov. 18, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced its new client compliancy initiative designed to promote the enforcement of remote and mobile client security policies. The initiative addresses the growing need for administrators to verify that client machines are secure before they connect to enterprise networks. As part of this initiative, Symantec will work with other industry leaders to deliver interoperable solutions to ensure that customers’ networks remain protected from today’s malicious threats.
In order to meet the need for interoperability between its client security solutions and third-party products, Symantec is introducing its new client compliancy application program interface (API). This new API provides IT Administrators with the ability to block access to an organization's network when a computer's security level does not meet the requirements defined by the organization's security policies. Aventail, Cisco Systems, Check Point, iPass, Fiberlink, Netilla, Nortel, Whale Communications and others are working with Symantec to deliver interoperable solutions that support the automated enforcement of pre-defined security policies. Symantec's new client compliancy API and other services will be available through the Symantec Technology Partner Program.
"As customers have consistently reported to us, the growing variety of methods employees are using to access networks poses a new level of risk to corporate security posture," said Gail Hamilton, executive vice president, product delivery and response at Symantec. "Now IT administrators will be able to ensure that remote users and client machines are secure and do not jeopardize enterprise networks."
According to the October 2003 Internet Security Threat Report, up to eighty percent of all vulnerabilities come from client machines susceptible to remotely executable attacks. Since the demands of remote and mobile user connectivity have reached mission-critical proportions, organizations are challenged to prevent these systems from introducing new malicious threats into their network.
"We are delighted that Symantec has chosen to champion this effort," said Paul Simmonds, global information security director at Imperial Chemical Industries, an end-user of Symantec's security software solutions. "We have communicated the importance of this level of device communication to many of our IT product vendors and look forward to seeing the results of this effort led by Symantec in the coming months."
One collaborative effort underway unites Symantec's security solutions with Cisco's Network Admission Control program and focuses on limiting damage from emerging security threats such as viruses and worms. This alliance is intended to address the broad and growing concern of remediation costs among enterprise customers.
“We are very pleased to have Symantec working with us on the Cisco Network Admission Control program,” said Charlie Giancarlo, senior vice president and general manager of product development at Cisco Systems. “The Network Admission Control program allows both Cisco and Symantec to focus on delivering the required innovations around their core competencies.”
"As customers increasingly look for client solutions, we expect the security industry to create industry standards for interoperability and ultimately, protection," said Chris Christiansen, program vice president at IDC. "Responding to client threats proliferated by mobile and remote workers, Symantec commendably organized a much-needed client security initiative that cooperates with other leading security and networking vendors."
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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SYMANTEC CLIENT COMPLIANCY PARTNER QUOTES
“As the leading independent SSL VPN provider, Aventail is dedicated to working with best-of-breed partners like Symantec to increase the security of remote access from the riskiest end-points on the Internet. Together, Symantec and Aventail can now offer our joint customers even more control over policy and security, including the ability to prohibit remote access if a personal firewall isn't running or if anti-virus software is out of date. Working with Symantec further builds on Aventail's innovative End Point Control strategy, which helps organizations control remote access policy not just based on a user's identity, but also on their environment and level of risk.” - Sarah Daniels, vice president of product management and marketing, Aventail.
“Preventing remote and mobile users from becoming the weakest link in the enterprise network environment is a key element of an overall security strategy. Symantec’s security solutions can leverage Check Point’s market-leading VPN-1 SecureClient using OPSEC interfaces to ensure the remote desktop is secure before allowing users to access the corporate network.” - Upesh Patel, director, business development, Check Point Software Technologies.
“Fiberlink's long-standing partnership with Symantec is a testament to our unrelenting focus on protecting and managing the integrity of the road warriors' lifeline to critical enterprise resources. Fiberlink is deepening its relationship with Symantec for tighter integration with the company's new client compliancy API, offering customers the layered protection they need to ward off today's blended security threats. By taking the relationship beyond interoperability and focusing on true integration, Fiberlink's ensures that it remains on the cutting edge of enterprise security.” - Skip Taylor, vice president of product development, Fiberlink.
“Security is of course the paramount concern of any enterprise networking solution, and IT departments spend hundreds of thousands of dollars or more on their security systems. As technology advances like Symantec’s client compliancy initiative (CCI) become available, the enforcement of remote connection policies and the remediation of security systems become easier and more reliable. Like iPass, Symantec is building a vendor cooperative approach to policy enforcement with CCI, allowing IT departments to not only custom-build their best of breed security solutions, but also ensure their employees are deriving the full benefit from costly security implementations.” - Roy Albert, chief technology officer, iPass.
“Netilla Networks is a premier provider of SSL VPN and secure application access management (SAAM) solutions. As a Symantec Technology Partner, Netilla is collaborating with Symantec through its client compliancy initiatives to ensure the integrity of remote/mobile devices. As enterprises meet the challenge of extending network access to a growing ‘nomadic fringe’ of trusted users, they need to ensure that those users’ devices meet all enterprise security policies. Symantec's client compliancy initiative, together with our recently announced dynaTRUST operating system for policy management and enforcement, will help Netilla to provide its customers with trust-based access to network resources on the basis of a user’s identity, entitlements, environment and integrity of the client.” - Bryan Bain, vice president, marketing and corporate development, Netilla Networks, Inc.
“Symantec will make it possible to establish and maintain strong client-side security policies, and protect clients, servers and networks with integrated, multi-vendor solutions. By making clients more trusted through policy enforcement, customers can leverage our e-Gap SSL VPN and other security products to greater advantage. The results are information systems that can be more widely distributed to more users with more confidence than ever before.” - Elad Baron, CEO, Whale Communications.