​New era of protection forecasted as Symantec rolls out new security solutions

“Security professionals are constantly on their toes trying to monitor and prevent the next cyber-attack."

Symantec has introduced Symantec Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), a solution designed to detect and remediate advanced threats across control points, from a single console with no new endpoint agents to deploy.

Advanced threats, such as ransomware, remote access trojans, advanced persistent threats (APTs) and zero day attacks, are on the rise and according to the security specialists, security professionals can no longer rely on using individual point products at each control point to stop them.

So much so that yhe process of uncovering threat data across endpoint, network and email gateways is manual and time-consuming, which gives attackers “an edge.”

As a result, Symantec ATP correlates suspicious activity across all control points and prioritises the events that pose the most risk to an organisation.

“Security professionals are constantly on their toes trying to monitor and prevent the next cyber-attack,” says Michael A. Brown, president and CEO, Symantec.

“We’re moving the industry forward with Symantec Advanced Threat Protection by giving customers a complete picture of their entire enterprise from a single console. Now they can filter out the noise and quickly discover and remediate an attack.”

Brown says that “reducing the noise” for customers with Symantec ATP happens in a few ways.

First, Brown claims Symantec’s global threat intelligence combined with local customer data means companies have a more accurate view of which threats pose the greatest risk inside their infrastructure.

Additionally, Symantec ATP includes Symantec CynicTM, a new cloud-based sandboxing and payload detonation service to discover and prioritise today’s most advanced threats.

“Our new Synapse and Cynic technologies work together to provide up to 30 percent better detection than existing products out there,” adds Balaji Yelamanchili, executive vice president and general manager of Enterprise Security Business, Symantec.

“Before, a security professional would need to manually check to see if a suspicious file was properly blocked.

“With our new technologies built into Symantec ATP, we do the legwork for customers, cutting down on their search and remediation time.”

Yelamanchili says the average enterprise uses 75 distinct security products.

“That overload creates opportunity for attackers because it slows down detection,” Yelamanchili adds. “Symantec ATP allows security professionals to click once and remediate everywhere across all three control points.”

As enterprises' security estates become more complex, in response to a dynamic threat landscape, Duncan Brown, Research Director, European Security Practice, IDC believes CISOs demand a platform that integrates and manages their security operations.

“Similarly, to address skills shortages, they need a mechanism that automates as much of their security operations as possible, and in particular detects and remediates threats quickly,” he adds.

Symantec Advanced Threat Protection will be available in New Zealand by end of calendar year 2015.

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