Snapshot: Symantec Corporate Anti-Virus

Vendor Name: Symantec
Date of Publication: February 18, 2005
Author: David Ferris
Source of Information: Kevin Haley, Group Product Manager

Company Statistics

# Full-Time Staff: 5,300
Stock Market Status: Public, SYMC
Revenues: $1,870M for FYE 4/2/04; $1,407M for FYE 3/31/03

Anti-Virus Offerings

A large part of Symantec’s business is to provide virus, spam, and content filtering solutions. Its main business offerings in this regard are:
•    Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition. Provides organization-wide virus protection and monitoring from a single management console. See http://enterprisesecurity.symantec.com/products/products.cfm?ProductID=155.
•    Symantec Client Security. A superset of Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition. Adds firewall and intrusion detection. See http://enterprisesecurity.symantec.com/products/products.cfm?ProductID=154.
Main Plans–Next 12 Months:
•    Main enhancement plans have to do with spyware/adware
•    Symantec’s very aware of the need to protect against fast-spreading viruses that hit before distribution of virus signatures. Some of its current technology helps. Eg, the port blocking of Symantec Client Security helped suppress Slammer, as does the new Generic Exploit Blocking. Further work will be done to control zero-hour viruses.

Other Ferris Research Comments

•    Symantec, Network Associates, and Trend Micro are the leading anti-virus vendors.
•    Consumer offering goes under Norton AntiVirus brand (http://www.symantecstore.com/v2.0-img/operations/symcorp/webtools/en_US/ps.html?deploymentName=2005MainSelector&sid=27674). Main difference with corporate offering is that the corporate version allows much great control of the user interface.

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