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Symantec Focuses On Policy Management, Compliance

Symantec is sharpening its focus on policy management and compliance and wants to work with partners in delivering consulting and enterprise support services.

The need for companies to develop infrastructure policies to protect against threats originating from inside the corporate network is growing, Jeremy Burton, Symantec’s senior vice president of enterprise security and data management, said Tuesday at the vendor's Partner Engage 2006 event in Palm Desert, Calif.

"The risk of attack from within is a new area of [concern] for organizations," he said. "We have to get more into the business of security of inclusion, protecting [networks] from the inside out."

Companies also face a risk from not having clear-cut policies to ensure compliance with regulatory measures such as Sarbanes-Oxley, according to Burton. "Even if we are stopping hackers, we have to change the game from endpoint protection to endpoint compliance. We're getting much more proactive about managing the endpoints on the network," he said.

Symantec's 2005 acquisitions of Sygate and Bindview brought endpoint compliance and policy compliance into the Symantec portfolio, and their technology will help solve a huge part of the IT compliance puzzle, Burton noted.

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