SOURCE: Symantec


April 21, 2009 08:00 ET

Symantec Delivers Unmatched Protection Optimized for Small Businesses

Fast Installation and Superior Performance Enables Customers to Secure Small Business Networks in Minutes

CUPERTINO, CA--(Marketwire - April 21, 2009) - Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition, designed to provide unmatched security with minimal configuration. By offering easy-to-use, enterprise level protection for small businesses, Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition allows customers to quickly get up and running with the confidence that their organizational assets are protected, thus allowing them to focus on core business priorities. Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition is scheduled to be available in summer 2009.

Designed for small business customers who want comprehensive protection that is straight forward to install, deploy and manage, Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition offers built in tools, such as the client installation wizard and a streamlined user interface, that simplify deployment and reduce the level of expertise required. In addition, pre-configured notifications, recommended Symantec security defaults and automatic security reporting will all save small businesses valuable time and money.

"As the number and sophistication of Web-based viruses and malicious code continues to rise, small businesses need to be secured with more than just traditional antivirus technology," said Art Gilliland, vice president, Enterprise Security Group, Symantec. "By prioritizing optimal performance and low costs, we are offering small businesses the same level of protection provided to large global businesses with a product that is designed to meet the specific needs of smaller environments."

Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition also offers low client overhead when it comes to every day interaction with files and applications. According to a recent test conducted by The Tolly Group, comparing seven endpoint security solutions for small businesses, Symantec demonstrated the best performance, including fastest boot times and lowest impact on working with local Microsoft Office documents. Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition also takes less than 20 minutes to deploy.(1) Small businesses can now have confidence in their security and focus on running and growing their business.

Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition integrates advanced threat protection technologies into a single agent with a unified management console to simplify management and further reduce costs and required system resources. Third party tests rate Symantec as having the most consistently effective technology for catching and stopping malware. Customers are able to harness these superior blocking technologies, all managed by a convenient single integrated interface, for managing their endpoint security solution.

(1) Based on Symantec internal testing.

Customer and Partner Quotes

"We face the same complex malware and spam threats enterprises do, but we don't have their personnel, money or time to devote to managing our security system full time," said Alex Gaines of Gaines Motor Lines, a family-owned motor line based in Hickory, North Carolina. "Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition enables us to leverage multiple security technologies to continuously protect sensitive company information while remaining focused on running our day-to-day business operations."

"Most small businesses have limited IT staff, time and financial resources to dedicate towards their security goals. At the same time, they cannot afford the loss of productivity caused by viruses and malware," said Shawn Butt, IT solutions architect at Zaphyr Technologies. "Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition will enable us to provide our small business customers with a higher level of protection in a package that is easy to deploy and manage."

"Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition provides comprehensive protection in a simple, easy-to-use package," said Craig Huck, Integrita Systems LLC. "For a small business with limited IT staff and experience, this product makes life much easier."

Symantec Enterprise Protection Small Business Edition is backed by Symantec Security Response and the Global Intelligence Network. Symantec has established some of the most comprehensive sources of Internet threat data in the world through the Symantec Global Intelligence Network. This network captures worldwide security intelligence data that gives Symantec analysts unparalleled sources of data to identify and analyze, to deliver protection and provide informed commentary on emerging trends in attacks, malicious code activity, phishing, and spam.

Licensing and Availability

Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition is competitively priced for both new users and existing Symantec customers. Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition is scheduled to be available in summer 2009 and will also be offered as part of Symantec Protection Suite Small Business Edition. These solutions will be available through Symantec's worldwide network of value-added resellers, distributors and systems integrators. Organizations seeking a reseller or distributor should visit:

About Symantec

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