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Symantec Managed Security Services Offers Intrusion Prevention Systems Support

Symantec Strengthens Commitment to Vendor Neutrality and Provides Customers With Widest Breadth of IPS Device Support Available

CUPERTINO, Calif. - March 15, 2005 - Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), the global leader in information security, today announced the expansion of Symantec Managed Security Services (MSS) to support the industry's leading intrusion prevention systems (IPS). The new Monitored and Managed IPS Service includes support for the largest list of network-based IPS technologies available, including ISS, Juniper Networks, Tipping Point, McAfee and Cisco, as well as Symantec Network Security 7100 Series appliances. This new offering reinforces Symantec's commitment to providing customers with the highest level of flexibility for their network environment.

"In addition to comprehensive intrusion detection, our customers are beginning to take the next step and implement intrusion prevention systems for proactive protection," said Grant Geyer, vice president, Symantec Managed Security Services. "Providers therefore not only have an imperative to support the industry-leading intrusion prevention systems, but also leverage their expertise and insight across the security landscape to help customers protect their environment."

Symantec Monitored and Managed IPS Service offers enterprise customers a variety of supported modes for blocking attacks, including:

  • In Line Passive Mode for customers still testing IPS devices in their environment or who may not be comfortable with enabling the blocking of their IPS products
  • In Line Industry Best Practice Blocking Mode for those customers who want their IPS devices configured according to industry best practices guidelines for in-line IPS blocking
  • Block All Mode for customers who want the maximum protection afforded by their IPS technologies
  • Custom IPS Blocking Mode for customers who want maximum flexibility by customizing blocking profiles on a per signature basis
These modes are designed to offer enterprise customers a variety of choices for using IPS technologies and give customers the ability to change their IPS configurations as required.

"As the enterprise security landscape continues to evolve, prevention has become an important part of the threat mitigation landscape," said Paul Proctor, vice president with META Group. "IPS can be very complicated to configure appropriately so good intelligence is a key component of effective intrusion control and risk management."

As part of the new service, Symantec Managed Security Services has also updated the Global Emerging Threat Notification program to include support for IPS technologies. Customers now have the option of choosing to have emergency rollouts of supported device signatures done in passive (monitor) or active (block) modes to ensure a timely response to critical emerging threats. In addition, Symantec continues to offer a tiered service level approach, which allows customers to make smart decisions about their security posture based on their risk management objectives.

Symantec Managed Security Services leverages global intelligence to offer fast and accurate analysis of security data to protect customers against emerging threats and reduce overall security risk. Its 24x7 real-time services enhance an organization's information security posture through continuous monitoring and management, expert analysis, and immediate response to potential security threats. In addition, Symantec's Security Operation Centers have been fully audited and certified by independent third parties to meet industry leading standards, including BS7799 certification and SAS70 Type II audits.

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