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Kari Ann | 25 Apr 2014 | 3 comments

As you may already know, Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows XP. (You can access the official Microsoft announcement here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/endofsupport.aspx)

If you are a Symantec Endpoint Protection customer who uses machines running on Windows XP, you may wonder how this will impact your protection and system security. This post covers a few important things we think you should know.

  1. Do I need to move to a new operating system?

Yes! We want you to be as secure as possible and the best way to do that is to migrate to a fully supported Microsoft operating System. Attackers will continue to find exploits they can leverage to gain access to your systems. While Symantec solutions will protect you from new and emerging threats, ultimately a strong security strategy includes adopting the latest operating system and security...

Duncan Mills | 02 May 2013 | 0 comments

The increased use in the workplace of user-owned devices such as smartphones and tablets, often referred to as bring your own device (BYOD), provides businesses with significant productivity and cost benefits. However, it also presents a number of complex challenges related to security.

Due to the rise of smart media devices like smartphones, tablets and ultrabooks, it is estimated that potentially, as many as 30-35%* of endpoints connected to a company’s network could be unmanaged. These are more at risk than managed endpoints which are typically subject to software patching and endpoint security policies.

Of course unmanaged endpoints are still protected by your perimeter security, such as secure web gateways. However, these have typically evolved from caching proxies and URL filters. What you need is an additional layer of security that provides the best possible levels of protection for unmanaged endpoints.

Symantec Web Gateway (SWG) will...

mmarfise | 04 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

Symantec works hard to create security solutions that address the needs of our customers. We listen closely to them, incorporate their suggestions and help them tackle their challenges. As a result, Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 has been deployed on more than 9 million endpoints.  That’s significant validation that our product is working well for customers. But industry recognition makes us happy too. We work with many smart analysts at the most influential firms who provide us with wise counsel, tough critiques when necessary as well as honest accolades. To that end, I’m very pleased to share Gartner’s recent Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms.

Gartner, Inc. positioned Symantec as a leader in its 2013 Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms report on January 2, 2013; the research and subsequent report was authored by a team of distinguished Gartner analysts including: Peter...

KatieBurton | 03 May 2011 | 1 comment

 

Battling Advanced Persistent Threats with Relevant Actionable Intelligence

High profile assualts today such as Hydraq and Stuxnet are prime examples of how attackers are taking advantage of visibility and protection gaps in our customers environments. Attackers- albeit cyber criminals, nationalists, or malicious insiders- are relying on the simple fact that managing security is complex. It’s nearly impossible to keep a real-time status of your security posture, and the protection measures you have in place to secure your confidential information and the infrastructure where it resides.

 

To add insult to injury, many of the security technologies that are used to monitor and protect our environments are already in place, yet the bad guys keep getting through. So what gives? How can we get ahead of these attacks?

 

At Symantec we believe that combining and correlating local and global threat...

dschrader | 01 May 2011 | 20 comments

 

This week Symantec introduced the concept of V-Ray – tools that provide visibility into virtual environments.  SEP itself has been enhanced to seamlessly support virtualization.  Today’s blog is a checklist for configuring Symantec Endpoint Protection to play nicely in a virtual space.  Optimizing a new product is a work in progress, so if you have suggestions on addition steps/settings to better allow SEP to run in VDI, let me know.  (My thanks to Anthony Flaviani for much of this material).

1.       Ensure that Insight is enabled. 

Insight determines a file's security rating by examining the following characteristics of the file and its context:

•      The source of the file

•      How new the file is

•      How common the file is in the community

•  ...

dschrader | 28 Dec 2010 | 0 comments

Gartner just released their annual report on endpoint security (see: Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, Gartner, 2010)

As you can read in the report, Symantec extended its lead both in terms of vision and ability to execute.  What is really notable, however, is the strong statement Gartner made about the future of endpoint security.  The reports starts with an indictment, "Malware effectiveness continues to accelerate, while vendors are busy polishing increasingly ineffective solutions and doing little to fundamentally reduce the attack surface and protect users."

Gartner goes on to state, "Signature-based malware detection has been limping along on life support for...