“This partnership brings together two very complementary companies focused on both network and endpoint security,” said David Passmore, research director at Burton Group. “Juniper and Symantec will simplify choice for enterprises looking to purchase high-performance network security solutions that scale, and reduce the complexity involved in assembling solutions for endpoint compliance.”
Developing Comprehensive Integrated Security Solutions
Juniper and Symantec will dedicate engineering resources to enhance Juniper’s Unified Threat Management (UTM) and Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP) products. Juniper’s industry-leading Integrated Security Platforms will include Symantec’s award-winning security content, including its anti-spam, IDP/IPS signatures, and vulnerability information and research in the near term. Longer term, the companies will collaborate on the inclusion of antivirus and threat protection. By expanding the support for Symantec content on Juniper devices, customers will benefit from simplified network topologies in the form of less devices (especially in branch environments) and the integration of best-in-class security and networking capabilities.
Building Best-in-Class Endpoint Compliance and Access Control Solutions
Juniper and Symantec also plan to co-operatively enhance and integrate their existing endpoint compliance and access control solutions by collaborating to build best-in-class, standards-based network enforcement and endpoint compliance solutions. The solutions will leverage each company’s core competencies in endpoint and network security, and will be marketed and sold by both companies.
As part of this effort, Juniper and Symantec will continue to work together to support the Trusted Network Connect (TNC) open standard, a set of non-proprietary network access control specifications that enables the application and enforcement of security requirements for endpoints connecting to a network.
“Customers are continuously challenged by business downtime caused by an elevated threat environment. Security requirements are becoming pervasive across all components of the IT infrastructure, while security complexity and costs are mounting,” said Scott Kriens, chairman and CEO of Juniper Networks. “We are reshaping the security landscape with Symantec. The industry’s best network security and information security companies are working together to deliver best-in-class, standards-based solutions that can be implemented cost-effectively across the business and protect existing investments.”
“The security landscape has changed dramatically over the past 18 months. As a result, our customers are demanding a more comprehensive approach to security and management, with more attention being placed on expanding the ability to control networks,” said John W. Thompson, chairman and CEO of Symantec. “This partnership will leverage each company’s key technologies to deliver complete solutions to help organizations control which devices can access their networks. Further, this agreement brings together the industry’s best security teams to anticipate and protect against today’s sophisticated threats.”
Delivering Industry-Leading Security and Threat Research
Juniper’s J-Security worldwide team will team with Symantec’s industry-leading Global Intelligence Network on security and threat research, and collaborate on creating IPS signatures for Juniper’s award-winning IDP appliances to help customers better protect their networks against threats. The two teams will work together in identifying new and emerging network and application threats, and enabling the combined solutions with leading threat protection content.
Go To Market
The partnership involves cooperative sales and marketing efforts between Juniper and Symantec. Symantec will recommend Juniper’s current and future Integrated Security and IDP appliances to new and existing enterprise customers, including existing Managed Security Services customers. Juniper will market and sell Symantec security content as a component of its Integrated Security Solutions portfolio. Juniper and Symantec will also explore additional opportunities for further collaboration in relevant markets and technologies to further provide customers with best-in-class integrated security solutions.
About Juniper Networks, Inc.
Juniper Networks is the leader in enabling secure and assured communications over a single IP network. The company's purpose-built, high performance IP platforms enable customers to support many different services and applications at scale. Service providers, enterprises, governments and research and education institutions worldwide rely on Juniper Networks to deliver products for building networks that are tailored to the specific needs of their users, services and applications. Juniper Networks' portfolio of proven networking and security solutions supports the complex scale, security and performance requirements of the world's most demanding networks. Additional information can be found at www.juniper.net.
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
Juniper Networks and the Juniper Networks logo are registered trademarks of Juniper Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Symantec and the Symantec Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Symantec Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks, service marks, registered trademarks, or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners.
FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: This press release contains statements regarding expected business activities, which may be considered forward-looking within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws, including statements relating to projections of future agreements and development activities. These statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from results expressed or implied in this press release. Such risk factors include those related to: maintaining customer and partner relationships; the anticipated growth of certain market segments, particularly with regard to security and storage; the competitive environment in the software industry; changes to operating systems and product strategy by vendors of operating systems; the timing and market acceptance of new product releases and upgrades; the successful development of new products and integration of acquired businesses, and the degree to which these products and businesses gain market acceptance. Actual event may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements in this press release. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is contained in the Risk Factors sections of Symantec’s Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2006 and Juniper’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2006. Juniper and Symantec assume no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release.