Last year, attackers unleashed more than nine new mutated viruses every second of every day, resulting in more than 286 million distinct threats. This huge volume and variety of threats has made it virtually impossible for security companies to protect users. Why? Traditional security software is reactive, looking for digital fingerprints of viruses after they have been discovered. But today’s criminals work differently, mutating their malware, creating new, unique threats for each user.
Symantec has invented an entirely new approach to malware protection, called Insight. Symantec’s Insight has analyzed the anonymous software adoption patterns from more than 175 million customer computers to automatically derive highly accurate security ratings for more than 2.5 billion unique software files—Insight has ratings for virtually every software file, good or bad in existence.
Symantec Endpoint Protection 12’s features go beyond traditional signature scans, using Insight to identify threats that older approaches miss. Insight leverages information collected from our opt-in users to track the degree of risk of over 2.5 billion files. Insight knows whether the file you're about to download can be linked with infections. It knows whether the file has millions of users or has never been seen before. And it know whether the file has been in use for weeks or months – or whether it was specially created just for you. Symantec Endpoint Protection uses this intelligence to automatically classify new files, allowing good files onto a system while blocking those with low-reputations - including malware with no prior fingerprint.
For more information and to sign up to participate in the open beta program, follow this link: Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 Product Information and Public Beta.