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Goodbye CSA

Created: 24 Jun 2010
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Cisco recently announced end of-sales and the coming end-of-life the Cisco Security Agent (CSA) with support ending in a few years.  CSA users shouldn’t wait until then to switch to a full featured security solution from a vendor that is committed to security.
When Cisco first acquired Okena (the creators of CSA), it represented a bold but flawed vision of the future of endpoint security.  The promise behind CSA was proactive, zero-day protection against malicious code and intrusions through rules-based host intrusion prevention system (HIPS).  The implied promise was that behavioral protection would replace signature scanning and eliminate the need for virus protection.  Later, Cisco relented and started recommending that CSA be used in conjunction with an open source antivirus engine called ClamAV.  However, ClamAV has never offered state-of-the-art detection and even combined, CSA and ClamAV lack key layers of protection needed to protect against today’s rapidly evolving threats. 
The real power of CSA was never in detection but in policy enforcement.  Users looking to transition from CSA will need solutions that match CSA’s strengths and add state-of-the-art protection.  Fortunately, Symantec offers policy based solutions that don’t compromise on detection or remediation.  These start with Symantec Endpoint Protection and extend to our enterprise protection suites including:
Symantec Protection Suite Enterprise Edition for Servers
delivers complete and high performance protection where you need it. It protects against physical and virtual server downtime with policy based prevention using multiple protection technologies.  . Enforce flexible controls against the known and unknown vulnerabilities impacting your critical systems.
Symantec Protection Suite Enterprise Edition for Endpoints
enables you to effectively manage the business risk of IT by reducing the risk profile of your most frequently targeted and attacked assets. It helps drive out the costs security incidents create – such as lost productivity, revenue, and customer trust – by integrating protection solutions that increase the operational efficiency of your IT organization.
For more information on transitioning from CSA to Symantec, watch our webcast at