Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 Released

Built for virtual environments, detects and blocks sophisticated new threats.

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Symantec Corp. has announced a new version of Symantec Endpoint Protection providing enterprises with protection while improving system performance. Complete with features to secure virtual infrastructures and powered by Insight, Symantec's community and cloud-based reputation technology, Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 is designed to detect and block sophisticated new threats.

Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 blocks new and unknown threats missed by traditional signature, heuristic, behavioral, and HIPS-based security solutions. All of the product's security engines are now reputation-enabled, leveraging Insight's online reputation database to identify and block malware attacks. Symantec's Insight has analyzed the anonymous software adoption patterns from more than 175 million customer computers to automatically derive highly accurate security ratings for more than 2.5 billion unique software files -- Insight has ratings for virtually every software file, good or bad in existence. In addition, SONAR 3, a hybrid behavioral-reputation engine, blocks zero-day and highly targeted threats based on their joint behavior-reputation profile.

Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 leverages cloud-based community intelligence to automatically identify and whitelist trusted high-reputation files. The compatible scan engine is also designed to do most of its work while computers are idle.

Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 offers comprehensive defense against all types of attacks and is optimized for performance on virtual systems. Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 can whitelist baseline images, maintain a local Insight cache, randomize scans and updates, and automatically identify and manage virtual clients.

An edition for small business is currently in beta.

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