Symantec launches protection for Vista

Symantec has unveiled its security solution for Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system (OS).

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By  Published  December 23, 2006

Symantec has unveiled its security solution for Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system (OS). The firm said that its security solution has a range of benefits for users, including protection against viruses and spyware. “Businesses deploying Windows Vista are offered new opportunities but are also faced with potential security, availability, performance, and compliance risks,” said Jeremy Burton, group president, Enterprise Security and Data Management, Symantec. “Symantec uniquely provides businesses of all sizes best-of-breed, Windows Vista-compatible software that helps mitigate IT risk,” he added. The company claims that its AntiVirus Corporate Edition 10.2 provides automatic defence and response against viruses and spyware/adware for the Microsoft Windows Vista OS. The solution also offers anti-virus and anti-spyware applications for clients through its Symantec Client Security 3.1 application, which claims to protect against a range of threats by integrating anti-virus, antispyware, firewall and intrusion prevention technologies under a single console. Symantec also offers a corporate imaging and image deployment solution. The vendor said that the majority of its solutions will be available this month, retailing through its network of value-added resellers, distributors and systems integrators, while its backup systems will launch in early 2007. The issue of security for the Vista OS has been a topic of some concern between security vendors and Microsoft. Microsoft claimed the OS has significantly enhanced security features, including more advanced user account control, improved browser security, preinstalled firewalls and network access protection. To some extent this has undermined the need for additional security protection provision from vendors. However, vendors claim that, as the OS does not include virus protection, companies still need to deploy an antivirus solution alongside Windows Vista for protection from viruses and spyware. Symantec’s Windows Vista application comes after that of fellow security player McAfee but ahead of Trend Micro and CA who are still working on their solutions. Despite the huge publicity surrounding the Vista launch, most organisations are expected to wait at least a year or two before they begin deploying it.

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