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BFoster | 07 Apr 2008 | 0 comments

Well, it has been a long time since I have updated this blog.  So many things going on.  To keep this update (and future ones) maintainable, let me keep the topic this week to my participation at RSA.  RSA is in San Francisco this week.  This is one of my favorite trade shows since it is focused around Information Security. I will be giving a speech on Symantec’s view of the future of Enterprise Security on Wednesday morning at 9:15am.

Besides giving a speech, there are also a few areas that I plan to investigate at RSA.  First, I want to see how all the smaller NAC players are doing.  There are considerably less of them today then there were last year.  Companies like Lockdown have closed their doors.  Our NAC solution is doing very well, in terms of customer feedback.  I think building it on top of our endpoint protection product is making adoption that much easier.  In addition, having the...

BFoster | 04 Dec 2007 | 1 comment

I wanted to share some key pieces of information for customers that are migrating to or deploying new Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0.

Top Endpoint Protection 11.0 Technical Questions
Access the most recent information on the top technical updates for Endpoint Protection 11.0, please go to our Endpoint Security Migration and Installation site. Updates on a variety of technical topics are also posted to our...

BFoster | 12 Nov 2007 | 4 comments

Let me start by saying, like many folks, I’m a competitive person.  No matter what I do in my professional, social or personal life, I’m driven to succeed.  I understand that people will go to extreme measures to try and stay competitive.  That brings us to the reason for this post, desperate actions by a competitor that obviously has something to worry about.

As some of you know, I oversee product management for Symantec’s endpoint security business unit.  We recently launched a new endpoint security product called Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0.  Symantec Endpoint Protection is the culmination of a year and half long development project here at Symantec in which we tightly integrated multiple security technologies, some of which have been developed in house and some acquired through various acquisitions over the years. 

We really feel we have a game changing solution here that will allow...

BFoster | 16 Oct 2007 | 0 comments

Before I dig into the topic for this blog entry, let me recap a couple recent and important events. As the reader should already know, Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 has shipped. The final bits were delivered to manufacturing on September 12th. That started a process of publishing the software online (Sept 19th) as well as on physical media (Sept 27th.) We have already won some large deals (competitive;) and we are seeing a big positive impact on our customer’s satisfaction.

Also, as I mentioned in my last blog, I spent last week meeting with Altiris customers at the Altiris customer event called Manage Fusion. The event took place in Orlando the same time as Gartner’s ITExpo. Therefore, I also took a chance to visit a couple sessions at the Gartner show (and sip a few drinks swinging in a hammock at the Swan during the breaks. ;)

Let’s not get side tracked though, back on Manage Fusion. As one might imagine, I heard resounding support and...

BFoster | 30 Aug 2007 | 1 comment
The Hamlet development project is nearing the end.  We are in the process of creating what we think is our final build.  We call it a release candidate.  Once we pound on this build for a couple more weeks, we will ship it off to manufacturing (and online.)  Even though the development project is wrapping up, Project Hamlet for our customers and partners is just starting.  It has been a while since I wrote my first blog.  I thought I would update it with a few comments on customer migration to Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0.
I am often asked whether the Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 release is a "fork lift" upgrade for existing SAV customers.  I know our competitors are certainly hoping it is. The truth depends on your perspective.  For a lot of reasons, existing SAV customers will have an easier time migrating from their current releases to SEP 11.0. 
Case in...
BFoster | 14 May 2007 | 7 comments

Hello there.  This is my first blog and I hope the reader finds it interesting and useful.   My team has been working on a big project inside Symantec code named Hamlet.  It is one of the most important projects that Symantec is working on.   Driving a project so critical to Symantec’s customers and partners, is both a lot of fun and a lot of pressure.  ;) In my Blog, I plan to write a lot about this release.  The topic this time is whether traditional antivirus technology is dead.

There is a lot of discussion in the media right now about the usefulness of traditional AV based technologies.  I have even participated in a couple of those discussions such as this one at Network World.  The discussions are generally started by small intrusion prevention companies that are trying to make a...