Symantec Endpoint Protection

It's time to move beyond antivirus with layered protection at the endpoint.

Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.4 brings unrivaled security and blazing performance across physical and virtual systems and is equipped to protect the latest operating systems achieving maximum performance and advanced protection.

Symantec Insight technology reduces antivirus scans while SONAR stops cyber-criminals and zero-day attacks. Only Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.4 provides the security you need through a single, high-powered agent, for the fastest, most-effective protection available.

New Features

Support for the latest operating system Effectively protects your Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and Windows 8.1.

IPS & AV layered protection for Mac Provides unrivaled security with a single, high-powered agent that integrates both IPS and antivirus for Mac users.

Fast Path feature Allows you to identify critical events almost in real-time to create the fastest, most effective solution available.

Seamless console experience Eliminates confusion between Mac and Windows.

5 Reasons to Upgrade from Endpoint Protection 11

Key Features

Unrivaled Security. Blazing Performance. Built for Virtual Environments.
Symantec Endpoint Protection is built on multiple layers of protection, including Symantec Insight and SONAR both of which provide protection against new and unknown threats. Built for virtual environments, it can integrate with VMware vShield Endpoint for dramatically improved performance. Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.4 includes the latest features for improved security, performance and management.

New Benefits

Unrivaled Security
Today’s complicated threat landscape requires sophisticated protection from large-scale malware to the most targeted attacks. Only Symantec uses Insight, with the collective wisdom of 200+ million systems in over 200 countries to identify and create a security rating for every file accessed through the internet. This superior reputation technology is combined with network, behavior, file and repair layers of defense to provide unrivaled security against known, and unknown, threats.

Blazing Performance
In today’s global business environment, every second counts. Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.4 has replaced traditional scanning of every file with scan elimination and de-duplication through Virtual Image Exception and Shared Insight Cache, and access to the largest Global Intelligence Network to reduce scan times and provide the fastest performance available. Quite simply, files known to be good can be skipped, causing Endpoint Protection to scan faster and smarter.

Built for Virtual Environments
Symantec integrates with VMware vShield Endpoint and has been optimized to secure your high-density business critical environments with the effectiveness you need and the performance you demand.

Test Results

Smarter: has shown that Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.4 detects and removes more threats than any other solution in its class.1

Faster: PassMark Software found that Symantec Endpoint Protection outperformed every product tested, including scanning faster and using less memory than competing solutions2

Fewer Scans: Insight creates sophisticated white lists by leveraging over 3.1 billion files to establish reputation ratings and outperform the industry in scheduled and on-demand scanning2.

1 - AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Jul-Aug/2013
2 - Enterprise Endpoint Security Performance Benchmarks, PassMark Software, August 2012

System Requirements

Client Workstations and Servers System Requirements

Windows Operating Systems

  • Windows XP (32-bit, SP2 or later; 64-bit)
  • Windows XP Embedded (SP2 or later)
  • Windows Vista (32-bit, 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 Embedded
  • Windows 8, 8.1 (x86 platforms, 32-bit, 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 (32-bit, 64-bit, R2, or SP1 or later)
  • Windows Server 2008 (32-bit, 64-bit, including R2)
  • Windows Server 2012 (32-bit, 64-bit, including R2)
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 (64-bit)
  • Windows Essential Business Server 2008 (64-bit)
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Macintosh Operating Systems

  • Mac OS X 10.6.8, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9 (Mavericks)
  • Mac OS X Server 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9 (Mavericks)

Linux Operating Systems (32-bit and 64-bit versions)

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • SuSE Linux Enterprise (server/desktop)
  • Novell Open Enterprise Server
  • Oracle Linux
  • VMWare ESX
  • Ubuntu
  • Debian
  • Fedora

Virtual Environments

  • vSphere Server (ESXi)
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Citrix XenServer, Xen Desktop, Xen App

Hardware Requirements

  • 1GHz CPU or higher
  • 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • 850 MB of free space on the hard disk

Manager System Requirements

Windows Operating Systems

  • Windows 7
  • Windows XP (32-bit, SP3 or later; 64-bit, SP2 or later)
  • Windows Server 2003 (32-bit, 64-bit, R2 or SP1
  • Windows Server 2008 (32-bit, 64-bit, including R2)
  • Windows Small Business Server 2008 (64-bit)
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 (64-bit)
  • Windows Essential Business Server 2008 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2012 (32-bit, 64-bit)


  • 1GHz CPU or higher
  • 1 GB of RAM (2 GB recommended)
  • 4 GB or more free space on the hard drive

Web browser

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox


Embedded database included or chose from the following:
  • SQL Server 2005, SP4 or later
  • SQL Server 2008 and R2
  • SQL Server 2012

Symantec Protection Suite Enterprise Edition
Complete your endpoint protection by filtering and blocking email and Web threats. Symantec Protection Suite Enterprise Edition delivers multi-layered security leveraging one of the largest global security intelligence networks.

Symantec Critical System Protection
Leading organizations leverage Symantec Critical System Protection to proactively safeguard server environments. Delivering host-based intrusion detection and intrusion prevention capabilities, Symantec Critical System Protection provides a proven and comprehensive solution for server security.
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Symantec Network Access Control
Symantec Network Access Control allows your customers to securely control access to their networks, enforces endpoint security policy, and integrates with all existing network infrastructures. Available in all Symantec license programs, it uses the same agent as Symantec™ Endpoint Protection 12.1.4. Network Access Control is a perfect add-on to Symantec Endpoint Protection.

Endpoint Protection 12 Mobile Resource App
A guide for partners and end users alike to gain quick, easy access to installation and configuration information for Endpoint Protection 12.1 and Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 12.1 on iPhone, iPad or Android devices.
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White Papers

Supporting credit card transaction processes within PoS environments requires a technology infrastructure made up of more than just endpoint PoS devices.

Why is Symantec positioned the highest in vision and execution? Read the leader’s report and get in-depth expertise on the endpoint protection market.

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Forrester Research says, "Symantec leads in breadth of product portfolio and in strategy." Access the report for endpoint protection market insights and an analysis on the strengths and weaknesses of each vendor.

Attackers are leaving no stone unturned, prying into web applications, operating systems and even deeper in the hardware. Read this whitepaper from SANS institute to find out more about Symantec’s layered security solution. Download now.

Last year, Mac malware increased by 66% with a single, high-profile attack infecting over 600,000 machines. Malware authors are targeting unsuspecting Mac users and gaining access to organization's data. Still wondering whether Macs need protection? See what advice a senior strategic analyst at ESG has to share.

Symantec commissioned Applied Research to field the 2012 Endpoint Security Best Practices Survey to see how more than 1,400 IT professionals around the world are coping with endpoint security. The findings show a wide variance between how the best and worst organizations handle endpoint security practices.

A comprehensive approach to unique and targeted attacks using Symantec Insight reputation-based security.

A joint white paper from VMware and Symantec on how you can meet the challenges of ensuring security in a virtual world.


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Symantec Endpoint Protection Tech Center

When you need fast, expert-quality answers to Symantec? Endpoint Protection and Symantec? Protection Center, consider the Symantec? Endpoint Protection Tech Center. This extensive collection of short, on-demand modules is designed to help you quick-fix problems and get the most out of your Endpoint Protection investment. Each concise module presents a topic and describes how it improves your productivity, saves you time, and saves your business money. Many modules feature a recorded demonstration of the solution being implemented by an Endpoint Protection expert. Take your knowledge to the next level.
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Customer Success

Audio Visual Dynamics

Since 1964, Audio Visual Dynamics (AVD) has been providing audio visual products and services for client stage presentations and events around the world. It turned to Symantec Silver Partner Zaphyr Technologies and Symantec Backup the day before Superstorm Sandy hit, saving data successfully. AVD lost power, yet its employees in the field in other regions could still access data from Backup View Story

Reed Deer Advocate

As with any daily publishing environment, deadlines must be met or revenue is lost. The Red Deer Advocate relies on its computer systems - about 35 PCs and 60 Macs, as well as Windows-based and Mac servers. View Story


AMETEK, Inc. turned to Symantec for a multitier security solution. Results include more than 99% of spam blocked saving them US$4.5 million in annual reclaimed productivity, US$48,000 first year and US$24,000 annual cost avoidance from reduced DNS traffic, 75% less cost to perform URL filtering vs. firewall-based solution. View Story

Webcasts & Events

RATs – The Tools of Targeted Attacks

  • Date: 01/14/2014
  • Presented by: Kevin Haley, Director of Security Response and Eric Schwake, Regional Product Marketing Manager

Macs, Malware and Security Myths

Are unsuspecting Mac users putting your organization at risk? Watch this recorded webcast and learn more.
  • Date: 11/05/2013
  • Presented by: Kevin Haley, Director of Security Response
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Full Service Hackers for Hire

Learn about a whole new breed of professional attackers and how they are engaged in organized targeted attacks.
  • Date: 10/15/2013
  • Presented by: Kevin Haley, Director, Symantec Security Response and Eric Schwake, Regional Product Marketing

Fighting Malware: Taking Back The Endpoint

Get up to speed on the latest challenges associated with client-side security.

SANS 2013 Critical Security Controls Survey: Moving From Awareness to Action

View this webcast as we examine the recent results of a six-week survey on the Critical Security Controls conducted by the SANS Institute.

News & Awards

  • August 1, 2013: SC Magazine Award 5 star rating
  • January 30, 2013: 2013 Redmond Reader's Choice Awards Antivirus Tool
  • December 31, 2012: 2013 Virtualization Review Reader's Choice Awards Preferred Product
  • November 19, 2012: Windows IT Pro 2012 Editor's Best Gold Best Antivirus/Anti-Malware Products
  • November 19, 2012: Windows IT Pro 2012 Community Choice - Best Antivirus/Anti-Malware Product


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