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Symantec Sets Out Roadmap

Symantec has a roadmap for a slew of new enterprise security and storage products, as well as new consumer offerings designed to lock down user devices.

At the company's analyst day today, Jeremy Burton, Symantec's group president for enterprise security and data management, revealed that the firm is hard at work on a new product, code-named "Project Hamlet." The software, which is scheduled for launch in early 2007, will combine technology from the vendor's Sygate and WholeSecurity acquisitions as well as Symantec's existing anti-virus offerings. (See Symantec Strolls Off With Sygate, Symantec to Acquire Sygate, and Symantec Buys WholeSecurity .)

"It's a fully integrated piece of security software to protect every endpoint," he explains, adding that Symantec is also planning to launch a mobile version of the technology about a quarter after the initial release.

But Burton, who wrestled with microphone problems throughout his talk, noted that the vendor is still thrashing out the specifics of the new product line. "We have not determined the exact packaging for the Hamlet project," he explained. "We will make the call as to exactly how we price it closer to the release of the product."

Symantec's plans suggest that the vendor is looking to claw its way into the Network Admission Control (NAC) market, largely off the back of Sygate's technology. Prior to last summer's acquisition, there had been plenty of speculation about who would buy the startup, which offers software for enforcing security policies across a range of devices. (See Could Sygate Get Snapped Up?.)

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