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Symantec removes security management pain for SMBs

Symantec ships Gateway Security appliance, which integrates a firewall, gateway-level antivirus, intrusion detection, content filtering and VPN capabilities in a single box.

Symantec is removing the security costs and management pain for the region’s small to medium sized businesses (SMBs). The security vendor has begun shipping its Symantec Gateway Security appliance, which integrates a firewall, gateway-level antivirus, intrusion detection, content filtering and VPN capabilities in a single box.

“Small to medium sized offices often do not have the resources and dedicated IT personnel needed to manage multiple, complex network security products,” says Kevin Isaac, regional director for Middle East & Africa at Symantec.

"We are [providing] customers with an easy-to-use, integrated network security solution designed to protect against all types of malicious threats, including new blended threats such as Code Red and Nimda."

The box is also touting integrated management functionality through a single graphical console. Using the console, administrators can manage local and remote appliances over the Internet including advanced configurations, rule sets and cluster parameters.

The device also provides total cost of ownership benefits to SMBs by removing the cost of managing separate security products.

“Intrusion detection, firewall and VPN protection, antivirus and content filtering are essential for every business on the Internet today,” comments Joe Duffy, national leader, security practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

“Symantec Gateway Security provides offices with 50 to 5000 users with a single-source solution to these five crucial security functions,” he adds.

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