Symantec tackles ‘three-headed monster'

Symantec tackles ‘three-headed monster'

With the advent of the most insidious IT security threat to organisations -- the "blended" virus -- and in response to consumer demand for an all-in-one security solution that is easier to deploy and manage, Symantec has launched the Gateway Security appliance.

Officially launched in Australia on Tuesday, Symantec's new product aims to integrate firewall, antivirus, intrusion detection, content filtering and VPN (virtual private network) capabilities into a single hardware device to be placed at the edge of a company's network.

According to Leigh Costin, Asia-Pacific regional product manager for Symantec's enterprise solutions range, the product was developed in response to increasing demand from SMEs and enterprise customers for a single integrated security solution.

As a single appliance covering all aspects of security, companies can deploy the system without needing many skilled security staff, an important feature for small companies in the Asia-Pacific, Costin said.

"SMEs can use this appliance rather than trying to cobble together some protection in the separate security areas," he said. "It is targeted at protecting companies from ‘blended' threats."

According to Symantec executives, blended attacks, otherwise known as "three-headed monsters", simultaneously target several areas of vulnerability in an organisation's security infrastructure, and they are increasingly becoming more sophisticated. Companies are at greater risk of creating a vulnerability if the various security levels that make up a complete security network have to be integrated individually, said a company spokesperson.

The product also represents significant savings in time and cost, Costin said. "Symantec Gateway Security eliminates the need for IT staff to familiarise themselves with products from various vendors," he said.

Distributed by Tech Pacific and Express Data, the product will be available in Australia in the next few weeks, starting from $25,938.

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