McAfee and Symantec fight over the security market

McAfee and Symantec, the two largest computer security vendors, are searching for ways to beat one another in the enterprise market. With more stealthy threats circling the web, both companies see this as a perfect time to strengthen their positions.

Symantec’s approach to this opportunity is to release a product, that has many functions in one. The product’s name is Endpoint 16rotection 11.0 and consists of Anti-virus, anti-spyware, intrusion prevention, firewall and other components. The point of the product is to present users with all the security they may need in one place, so as not to make them buy protection tools from a variety of vendors.

According to the company, Endpoint will even be able to protect users from threats not previously encountered.

Endpoint will be available in the form of a free upgrade for AntiVirus Corporate Edition, Client Security, Confidence Online for Corporate PCs and Sygate Enterprise Protection users, and will cost $51.60 per unit or less than $30 if taken 1000 or more at a time for new users.

Even though Symantec‘s product has a lot in common with McAfee‘s Total Protection, the company has a different approach. McAfee is focusing on creating a security console, that would be used as a means to oversee all the different security programs, which wouldn‘t necessarily have to be made by McAfee. The downside of this approach, according to George Myers, a director of product management at Symantec, is the fact that other vendors have not yet made their software compatible with McAfee‘s management console.

That lone problem is already being taken care of: last week McAfee introduced version 4.0 of the ePolicy Orchestrator security management console as well as the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance. The two will provide tools that can be used by security firms to „hook up“ to McAfee‘s console.

The console will be free to current customers who have a maintenance contract.

“Faster than ever, malware writers are creating different variants. That poses risks for firms relying on purely reactive signature-based anti-virus. We've also seen a lot of movement in the regulatory environment,” said Kevin LeBlanc of McAfee. “The net-net result … is firms now need integrated, well-managed security and compliance products.”

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