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Symantec Defines the Next Generation of Endpoint Management

New Symantec Endpoint Management Suite delivers integrated, best-of-breed management, security and recovery solutions

CUPERTINO, Calif. – June 23, 2008 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced the release of the new Symantec Endpoint Management Suite to define the next generation of integrated, best-of-breed systems management, endpoint security and backup and recovery. This first release of Endpoint Management Suite immediately delivers market-leading endpoint control and is built on the Symantec Open Collaborative Architecture to help protect a customer’s investment by providing the ability to rapidly address future endpoint requirements.


IT organizations strive for confidence in their operating environment and understand that a truly secure endpoint is a well-managed endpoint. According to industry analysts, more than 90 percent of all system vulnerabilities can be eliminated through proper system configuration and patch management. The remaining vulnerabilities require multi-faceted protection against zero-day and new-breed security threats. In addition, a strong backup and recovery system is necessary to protect organizations against data loss, system failure, user error or disaster.


Symantec Endpoint Management Suite secures the endpoint by providing the leading technology in all three areas of system configuration: management, security and recovery. The suite includes Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0, Altiris Client Management Suite 6 and Backup Exec System Recovery 8 Desktop Edition. In addition, the suite leverages the Symantec Open Collaborative Architecture based on the Altiris service-oriented architecture and configuration management database (CMDB) to further drive the convergence of security and systems management.


The Symantec Open Collaborative Architecture is creating greater interoperability between Symantec solutions and provides partners and customers with the ability to integrate their applications with the Symantec platform. The Web services-based architecture provides data sharing and IT automation to streamline process execution and reduce the cost and risk of IT ownership.


Going forward, Symantec expects to utilize this Open Collaborative Architecture to quickly adapt to customers’ most pressing requirements for business alignment, cost reduction, improved IT service, an enhanced end-user experience, and proactive security. Symantec solutions for data loss prevention, endpoint virtualization, network access control, endpoint encryption and automated IT process management are scheduled to be further integrated in the next version of this suite to help Symantec customers remain firmly in control of their endpoint computing environment.


“Symantec delivers the most comprehensive endpoint management solution combining market-leading technology and a service-oriented architecture,” said Brad Kingsbury, senior vice president, Endpoint Security and Management, Symantec. “This initial release of Endpoint Management Suite includes best-of-breed management, security and recovery technology and is another important milestone in the delivery of our unified strategy for the endpoint. With leading endpoint virtualization, data loss prevention, data and system protection, IT process automation and network access control technologies, Symantec is uniquely positioned to help our customers be confident in the security and availability of the endpoint.”


Symantec understands it takes multiple solutions to fully protect endpoint systems and data from cradle to grave. An integrated approach that combines management, security and recovery provides organizations with visibility into and control of an entire endpoint environment and can help eliminate exposure to security and compliance risks. Symantec Endpoint Management Suite will help create confidence in a stable and efficient endpoint operating environment.


Endpoint Management Suite delivers:

  • Manage - Automate and streamline endpoint lifecycle management tasks including hardware and software inventory, application metering, software delivery, patch management, OS deployment and migration, and remote management. These capabilities help business save costs through automation of repeatable IT processes.
  • Secure - Protect against the next generation of sophisticated security threats and attacks to promote confidence in a stable and secure endpoint computing environment. Integration with software management provides more rapid identification and remediation of security threats.
  • Recover - Recovery of critical files in seconds and complete systems in minutes, not hours or days, to provide an extra layer of protection against unforeseen threats and disasters.

Customer and Partner Success

Aspirus, a non-profit, community-directed health system based in Wausau, Wis., selected Symantec endpoint management and security solutions to help automate the management and security of endpoints and data used by 4,500 employees across two states.


Jesse Kozikowski, Aspirus server analyst, said, “We are tasked with managing the health system’s IT and patient care networks to ensure endpoint availability and sensitive data protection. Symantec understands our challenges and Endpoint Management Suite directly addresses the unique requirements of our environment. Considering the demands of end users and the changing threat landscape, we needed more than just a couple of disconnected point products for software delivery or antivirus. We were able to replace several competitive point products with a single, integrated endpoint management solution from Symantec.”


To protect its 2,400 endpoints against viruses and malware, the City of Plano, Texas, rolled out Symantec Endpoint Protection using Altiris Client Management Suite. “It was all done automatically,” says Cindy Smith, desktop manager, City of Plano. “Using Altiris we were able to install Symantec Endpoint Protection on hundreds of PCs each night. Just set the job up, go home, and in the morning it’s done. We deliberately took our time and even then the entire rollout took less than a month. An integrated Symantec solution makes the City of Plano more efficient and secure.”


ITS is a technology service provider for voice and data integration and professional IT consulting services. Chuck Hegarty, ITS VP of business development and alliances, said, “Symantec Endpoint Management Suite is the realization of the vision we had for Symantec when they acquired Altiris. Endpoint Management Suite is now the most complete endpoint solution on the market. One of our clients recently told me that the more they can do with Symantec endpoint management, the better. As a Symantec Platinum Partner, ITS sees a great opportunity using this new suite to help our clients achieve their endpoint management, security and recovery objectives with a single solution that just works.”


Licensing and Availability

Symantec Endpoint Management Suite is now available and can be purchased directly from Symantec or through Symantec’s worldwide network of value-added authorized resellers, distributors and systems integrators. For more information, please visit: http://go.symantec.com/ems.


About Symantec

Symantec is a global leader in infrastructure software, enabling businesses and consumers to have confidence in a connected world. The company helps customers protect their infrastructure, information and interactions by delivering software and services that address risks to security, availability, compliance and performance. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.


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