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Bye Bye "Day Zero" Viruses; Endpoint Security Infrastructure Reinforced by Symantec
Critical System Protection 4.5 Announced

“With this solution, Symantec extends the endpoint security infrastructure by adding a layer of robust protection against new malicious threats,” said Chirantan “CJ” Desai, director of product management for client and host security at Symantec, as Symantec announced an intrusion prevention solution for desktops and servers on Windows, UNIX and Linux platforms: Symantec Critical System Protection 4.5.

“Symantec Critical System Protection demonstrates our commitment to providing customers with the most innovative and effective protection for endpoint clients and servers,” Desai continued. It defends against day-zero attacks, maintains system compliance, and protects applications and the operating system on clients and servers by enforcing behavior-based security policies, he added.

When deployed alongside Symantec Client Security or Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition, Symantec Critical System Protection specifically safeguards applications and operating systems without the need for updates, the company said. Buffer overflow and memory-based attack protection provide added defence against the most sophisticated attacks, while a firewall monitors network traffic with the ability to block inbound and outbound connections by port, protocol and IP address range.

A centralized management console allows Symantec Critical System Protection to manage both clients and servers.

Using the management console, security policies can be configured to implement controls for compliance auditing. Symantec Critical System Protection contains more than three-dozen predefined reports, including detailed and aggregated summary data on agents, events and policies. In addition, the management console can be configured to deliver automatic notification alerts to ensure rapid response to high priority incidents.

“Even during our profiling period, Symantec Critical System Protection has shown real value in its ability to identify malicious activity that slipped through other layers of protection,” reports Kenneth Brothers, manager of Information Security at the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York. “In one specific example, it identified a ‘day-zero virus’ before an antivirus signature was available.”

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