Paranoid Prince on his way

Security software specialist Symantec is to launch a business client equivalent of its recently released Norton 360 all-in-one security suite, code-named Hamlet, which one of the firm’s executives this week claimed will “redefine anti-virus protection”.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  May 10, 2007

Security software specialist Symantec is to launch a business client equivalent of its recently released Norton 360 all-in-one security suite, code-named Hamlet, which one of the firm’s executives this week claimed will “redefine anti-virus protection”. Speaking exclusively to Windows Middle East this week, Mathew Lodge, the firm's director of product marketing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, explained: “Norton Internet Security 2007 and 2007 & 360 are our consumer products, whereas Hamlet will be targeted squarely at businesses of all sizes.” “This release redefines anti-virus protection,” Lodge continued, “because it takes things further than signature-based AV scanning and anti-spyware. Instead it protects against zero-day vulnerabilities – in other words, those that no-one knew about before, which are growing exponentially. In the first half of 2006 for instance, there was one zero-day attack, but in the second half we identified 12.” Not only will Hamlet offer anti-virus and anti-spyware functionality, but it will also provide mobility security in the form of USB drive protection and, crucially for IT managers, network access control. This means that whenever a device connects to a company network, the software runs a security audit on the spot before giving that device access to network resources. Hamlet will be targeted at all sizes of business, from the smallest SMBs to large-scale corporate organisations. As such, it will available as a boxed product, in SMB-level ‘business packs’, and also for sale via Symantec’s recently revamped licensing programme, which offers greater than ever volume discounts. “This is effectively a single piece of software that includes everything the user and IT manager needs, all integrated into one product,” added Lodge. “Once it has been deployed, the manager can keep track of where it’s installed, change security policies and so on through a single management console; much different to Microsoft’s separate AV, anti-spyware and firewall approach.” Hamlet will be formally launched in the region next month and rolled out immediately thereafter.

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