CUPERTINO, Calif. - June 15, 2005 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the global leader in information security, today announced that Symantec Managed Security Services now includes Symantec Vulnerability Data Correlation Service. This new enhancement helps organizations more efficiently manage security risk by correlating vulnerability data with attacks, to meet regulatory compliance requirements, and keep business and up and running.
"Two of the greatest challenges facing companies today are understanding the context of network attacks, and being able to take proactive measures to mitigate risk from those attacks" said Grant Geyer, vice president, Symantec Managed Security Services. "By correlating customer supplied vulnerability data with real-time security monitoring data, Symantec security analysts can identify vulnerable networks immediately. With this information, customers can protect their systems before an attack is launched, and help ensure a resilient infrastructure."
As part of this offering, Symantec Managed Security Services analysts will have access to correlated customer attack data and known vulnerabilities, which provides an inside look at validated attacks and offers a better understanding of what is truly happening in the customer's environment. Once an attack is confirmed, analysts are able to provide information detailing vulnerable hosts that have not been compromised enabling critical patches to be made. Symantec Vulnerability Data Correlation reduces false positives, therefore customers are only notified when they are at risk, freeing up critical customer staff time.
Through this new service, customers will have a single view for examining attack and vulnerability information through Symantec Managed Security Service's Secure Internet Interface portal. Customers and Symantec analysts will be able to share the same snapshot of the customer's entire security landscape including information on vulnerable hosts, attacks, data on specific vulnerabilities and workarounds, and other reporting capabilities.
In addition, organizations can actively demonstrate regulatory control requirement compliances through the new enhanced Symantec Managed Security Services. Reports can be generated and used to demonstrate to auditors that security monitoring and management is a continuous and real-time activity.
Symantec's Vulnerability Data Correlation Service will be initially available for all Managed Security Services customers that use the QualysGuard® on demand vulnerability management solution from Qualys, Inc.
Symantec Managed Security Services leverages global intelligence to offer fast and highly 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.
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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