Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) has announced new enhancements to its Small and Mid-sized Business (SMB) Protection Portfolio, providing SMB customers with greater choice and flexibility for protecting the information that drives their businesses. The new Symantec Protection Suite Advanced Business Edition, available in Summer 2010, will provide SMBs with complete protection including endpoint and messaging security as well as desktop, laptop and server backup and recovery to ensure business continuity. Symantec is giving SMB customers more choices for protecting their growing businesses with hosted options for email and web security and new lower pricing for Symantec Protection Suite Small Business Edition.
Changing Threat Landscape for SMBs
Information is critical to businesses of all sizes and SMBs are facing increased risks to their confidential information— including bank account numbers, credit card information and customer and employee records. Now more than ever, cybercriminals are going after the smaller businesses that do not have the high-level security of their enterprise counterparts. A 2009 Symantec survey found that while SMBs are familiar with the information risks they face, a surprisingly high number have yet to take even the most basic steps towards protecting their businesses. The survey found that 50 percent do not have endpoint protection and 47 percent were not backing up their data.
Symantec Protection Suite Advanced Business Edition Goes Beyond Basic Security, with features including:
New Hosted Options Bring the Power of Cloud to SMBs
Symantec Protection Suite Advanced Business Edition will give customers the flexibility to deploy on-site and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) technologies with add-on options for hosted email and Web security from Symantec Hosted Services. These SaaS offerings will help SMBs secure and manage email and Web traffic through a single Web-based management console while greatly reducing the need to manage hardware or software for messaging security on-site.
In addition, Symantec recently launched Symantec Hosted Endpoint Protection, a new SaaS offering for SMBs who wish to deploy comprehensive security for their computer systems without the need for additional hardware or management software.
Right Sized, Right Priced Protection,
SMBs cite tight budgets and lack of IT resources as top barriers to security. With the introduction of Symantec Protection Suite Advanced Business Edition, Symantec's SMB customers will have a choice when it comes to the suite that best meets their information protection and budget needs. For the most cost-conscious small businesses, Symantec is lowering the price of Symantec Protection Suite Small Business Edition, which provides endpoint and messaging security with backup and recovery for desktops and laptops, by 40 percent.
"SMBs today are handling valuable information and having the right information at the right time can mean the difference between success and going out of business," says Francis deSouza, senior vice president, Enterprise Security Group, Symantec. "Cybercriminals are going after SMBs, and those who are only using antivirus as a security solution are not protected completely, putting their businesses at risk. Today's SMBs need complete protection that can be easily deployed and managed while providing the highest level of protection."
Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world. Our software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored.