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Symantec unveils Endpoint Protection Cloud for SMBs

New cloud offering gives SMBs enterprise-grade protection

Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud gives SMBs enterprise-grade protection.
Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud gives SMBs enterprise-grade protection.

Symantec Corp, a provider of cyber security solutions, recently introduced Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud, a new solution for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) to protect them from targeted attacks and ransomware.

According to the latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, 65% of all targeted attacks struck small and mid-sized organisations in 2015 to steal valuable company information.

The company said Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud gives SMBs enterprise-grade protection in a solution that can be set up in less than five minutes and operated by someone with general IT knowledge.

According to the vendor, Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud is for organisations with fewer than 1,000 employees that are looking for an effective way to protect corporate and personal devices on the corporate network.

Analyst Gartner has indicated that by 2018, 95% of global enterprises will have both a choose your own device (CYOD) and a formal bring your own device (BYOD) plan in place. This expected flood of new devices will put increasing pressure on businesses with limited IT resources.

"Attackers no longer aim just for the Fortune 500. Small and mid-sized business owners must adopt the same vigilance against advanced attacks and deploy the same modern defense capabilities found in enterprise solutions like machine learning to protect their businesses," said Javed Hasan, vice president of engineering at Symantec. "With Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud, we're providing a cloud-based solution with all the features necessary to keep our SMB customers' information secure without over-taxing already stretched IT departments."

Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud offers customers layered detection controls to protect endpoints from threats that are powered by advanced machine learning techniques.

"Symantec's Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud brings to bear a rich set of features, including advanced threat prevention capabilities, delivered efficiently from the cloud, representing a solution that organisations seeking efficacy and efficiency should consider," said Doug Cahill, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group.

Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud provides a single cloud-based console for endpoint protection, management, mobility and encryption, bringing users a solution that simplifies management and reduces total cost of operation, typical pain points for SMBs.

Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud is available in North America and globally by the end of the year.