CUPERTINO, Calif. – Oct. 26, 2004 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the global leader in information security, today unveiled a fundamentally new way for enterprise customers to view and manage the risks around protecting, securing, and using their most valuable asset, their information. Backed by partners and customers, the concept that Symantec calls "Information Integrity" addresses the need to keep businesses up, running and growing, even in the event of Internet threats or other disruptive events.
"Digital information has become an influential phenomenon," said John W. Thompson, Symantec chairman and CEO. "In fact, many believe a substantial part of the world's economy revolves around the use, storage and movement of digital information. It is a powerful enabler, but only if it is both secure and available."
Thompson, speaking at a global event held today simultaneously in New York City, San Francisco, London and Munich, Germany, spoke with CIOs and CEOs attending or viewing the event about the importance of balancing security risk with business opportunity. He explained how Symantec's services and products help organizations analyze risk and plan for growth while protecting their assets and brand.
Symantec's approach provides customers with an end-to-end business process for balancing security with availability beginning with the need for organizations to assess the risk of vulnerabilities, exposures and threats. Once a valid risk assessment has been performed, organizations must act to shield information from attack, mitigate threats, prioritize preventative actions based on real-time threat alerts and design in the recovery capability to deal with accidents and disasters when they happen.
"The unification of security and systems management is inevitable. Starting with patch management and moving towards full-fledged configuration management, security issues are increasingly associated with business continuity," according Chris Christiansen, VP of IDC's Security Products & Services.
"Symantec and BMC, with its Business Service Management strategy, share the same goal of helping customers manage the complexity of their IT environment and maximizing the business value of their IT infrastructure," said Robert E. Beauchamp, president and CEO of BMC Software. "In June of this year, our companies released the integration of BMC Software's Remedy Action Request System and Remedy Help Desk with Symantec DeepSight Alert Services and Symantec Incident Manager. Through this we can now offer our mutual customers unparalleled coordination in the remediation of security incidents."
In support of the information integrity initiative, Symantec announced new products and services including:
Symantec Enterprise Security Manager 6.1 - The newest version of Symantec's industry-leading policy compliance solution, Symantec Enterprise Security Manager (ESM), offers powerful compliance reporting features and pre-configured assessment templates for Sarbanes-Oxley and Gramm-Leach-Bliley. By identifying threats and measuring compliance to security practices and regulations, ESM is a key element in achieving information integrity by helping organizations better manage their information environment.
Symantec Gateway Security 4.0 - The Symantec Gateway Security Appliance 400 Series provides a comprehensive solution including firewall, intrusion prevention, intrusion detection, antivirus policy enforcement, content filtering, virtual private networking (VPN) and gateway networking functionality in a single, easy-to-use appliance designed for remote and branch office sites. In addition, the Symantec Gateway Security 400 Series can function as a standards-based, secure wireless LAN (WLAN) access point. Symantec Gateway Security 400 Series appliances are a key component in achieving information integrity by helping organizations better secure their networks at remote and branch office sites.
Symantec LiveState Recovery Products - Symantec LiveState Recovery family of products provide fast, reliable and cost-effective system and data recovery. The Symantec LiveState Recovery products capture a point-in-time operating state of an entire server or desktop, which includes the operating system, applications, data, and settings into one easy-to-manage file. These point-in-time snapshots are created without interrupting user productivity or application usage. Users can perform a full system restoration, a complete bare metal recovery or retrieve individual files or folders in minutes to ensure information availability. Three editions of Symantec LiveState Recovery are available: Symantec LiveState Recovery Advanced Server 3.0, Symantec LiveState Recovery Standard Server 3.0, and Symantec LiveState Recovery Desktop 3.0.
For additional information on Symantec's revolutionary new approach to information integrity and the products and services offered today by Symantec to help enterprise customers balance security with information availability, go to http://www.information-integrity.com/.
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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