Symantec plugs leaks from social networks

Four new security products aim to protect better against risks such as data loss, including via services like Twitter and LinkedIn
Written by Matthew Broersma, Contributor

Symantec has taken the wraps off four products aimed at helping companies prevent data loss, adding protection for newer forms of technology such as social networks and virtualised workstations.

At its Vision 2010 conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday, the company announced updates to Control Compliance Suite, Data Loss Prevention Suite and Altiris IT Management Suite, and launched a new set of bundles called Symantec Protection Suites.

Symantec said the products are designed to give companies more comprehensive protection than in the past. "Organisations now require security that moves at the pace of their business and enables them to reduce overall IT security risk, not just stops the latest malware attack," said Francis deSouza, head of Symantec's enterprise security group, in a statement.

Data Loss Prevention Suite 10.5, shipping now, adds a feature designed to stop data from leaking out through social media services such as Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn. The release includes new end-point event coverage for virtualised workstations, as well as a new product called Data Insight, helping administrators visualise who 'owns' data within an organisation.

Control Compliance Suite 10.0, shipping in the second half of this year, will include new web-based dashboards for different users within an organisation to access information appropriate to their role. The software will be integrated with Symantec Data Loss Prevention, which the company said will make it easier to automate collecting and managing evidence from external sources.

The compliance suite will include a new Vulnerability Manager, which allows users to see vulnerabilities across managed and unmanaged systems across the network.

Altiris IT Management Suite 7.0, shipping now, automates Windows 7 migrations. It includes Altiris Client Management Suite, Server Management Suite, Asset Management Suite, Symantec ServiceDesk, Symantec Workflow and Wise Package Studio Suite.

The Symantec Protection Suites, a new line-up set for release this summer, will bundle selections of security products targeting specific areas within the organisation. Symantec will provide versions for end points, the gateway and servers.

The Protection Suites will all tap into the Symantec Protection Centre, a single sign-on web console providing configuration management, report generation and dashboard views for each of the products.

The security vendor said its research had found that 60 percent of identity exposure in 2009 was due to hacking attacks. In addition, 100 percent of respondents to its 2010 State of Enterprise Security Report reported they had experienced some type of internet-based loss last year.

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