Symantec Corp. has announced that small and medium-sized organizations across the globe can now deploy comprehensive security for their computer systems without the need for additional hardware or management software.
Symantec Hosted Endpoint Protection will allow customers to protect their Windows-based laptops, desktops, and file servers from the proliferation and growing sophistication of threats with the simplicity and convenience of a cloud-based service.
Mr. Gordon Love, Symantec Regional Director for Africa was quoted as noting that that, as the hosted model for messaging security become increasingly popular for its ease of management and deployment, organizations are similarly motivated by the reduced complexity that cloud-based services can offer while effectively protecting their endpoint systems.
“Symantec Hosted Endpoint Protection leverages our SaaS expertise to deliver advanced technologies that help protect customer systems without requiring additional hardware, management software, or dedicated IT staffing,” Mr. Love explained.
He further stated that, as threats become more complex and the global workforce increasingly more mobile, analysts predicted that businesses will demand highly effective security solutions that are easy to set up and require minimal maintenance– features especially for small and medium sized businesses. This is because they have limited resources to stay current with evolving security requirements while managing a myriad of additional IT responsibilities
Mr. Christian Christiansen, vice president of Security Products and Services at IDC, observed that, customers often experience pain when increased IT resources are required to stay abreast of evolving endpoint threats. “To reduce these difficulties, customers want turn-key, endpoint solutions that provide the latest protection levels with easy set up, zero maintenance, and automatic upgrades. Security SaaS implementations can fully provide these solutions,” he affirmed.
He said that, harnessing more than eighteen years of experience developing award-winning technologies for anti-virus and endpoint protection, Symantec Hosted Endpoint Protection is designed to safeguard endpoint systems with a single solution managed from a Web-based console offering advanced protection from the endpoint to the gateway.
Also, Finian Nally, technical director, E-MIT Solutions,– a Dublin-based provider of IT Consultancy and Management services to SMBs disclosed that, “with Symantec Hosted Endpoint Protection, we have visibility into the health of end user systems and know that their protection levels are current and meet their corporate security requirements regardless of whether they are logged into the network. This part of the workforce is often more difficult to monitor so the ability to manage these distributed systems from a single management console makes our lives much easier and also cuts costs for our clients.”
In addition to Symantec Hosted Endpoint Protection, recent enhancements to the MessageLabs Web Security Service roaming support options will allow organizations to monitor and secure the online activity of a highly distributed workforce.
The MessageLabs Hosted Web Security Service offers enhanced roaming and remote worker support options to help organisations secure and enforce proper Web use in numerous environments. SmartConnect for MessageLabs Hosted Web Security protects against malware, enforces Web acceptable usage policies for roaming users and detects geographic location for optimal service performance.
Symantec Hosted Endpoint Protection leverages Ubiquity, an award winning next generation security technology from Symantec, built on community-based reputation, for fighting the newest malware attacks. Symantec Hosted Endpoint Protection can be purchased on its own or in combination with other Symantec Hosted Services across email, web and IM. The service is currently available in English.