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Symantec Updates Enterprise Client Security Software

Symantec on Monday introduced new client-side security software for the enterprise that borrows some tools and techniques from the company's consumer line.

Symantec Client Security 2.0 is the result of "commingling of our technologies," said Kevin Murray, the Cupertino, Calif.-based firm's director of product marketing. "There were features in our consumer space security products that corporate customers thought would be useful in a managed environment, so we're starting to bring them to the enterprise."

Client Security integrates firewall, anti-virus, and intrusion detection defenses for desktops and laptops, then puts all the protected clients under control from a single management console. Its target: systems that are beyond the enterprise perimeter, such as employee PCs, mobile workers' notebooks, and branch office systems unguarded at the gateway.

"If clients always stayed behind the perimeter, you wouldn't need something like Client Security," said Murray. "But they're moving beyond the perimeter, and enterprises need to protect every aspect of the corporate environment."

Blended threats, such as SQLSlammer and Code Red, said Murray, were the drivers behind companies wanting a client-based firewall on their systems to add another layer of protection to already-existing perimeter defenses of the network.

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