It's been said by many that antivirus packages are dead – that they simply don't do what they're supposed to anymore. But Symantec will be looking to dispel this myth around September when it launches its most significant antivirus update in years with Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0. 

"The industry is speculating that antivirus is dead – that it's no longer effective," says Patrick Evans, regional director of Symantec Africa. "But the reason it's not effective is that antivirus is no longer just protecting against viruses. There are a mass of other attacks – on memory, on operating systems, on network cards – that antivirus is expected to cope with.
"What has happened is that people have come to rely on antivirus software as the be-all and end-all when it comes to system security," he says.
But it's not … until now, Evans says.
"As we move from Security 1.0 to our Security 2.0 vision, the game has changed significantly," says Evans. "For the last two years we have been engineering superb technology from the likes of Veritas and Sygate [and Whole Security] with Symantec's to come up with Endpoint Protection 11.0."
Integrating antivirus, antispyware, firewall, host- and network-based intrusion prevention solutions, as well as application and device control into a single solution, Endpoint Protection also includes proactive technologies that automatically analyse application behaviours and network communications to detect and actively block attacks.
"Endpoint Protection makes it easier for businesses to adopt a more effective multi-layered security solution and extends the power of antivirus to address today's evolving threat landscape," Evans says. "It resets the bar for endpoint security, reducing overhead, time and costs so that customers can efficiently manage security and be confident that corporate assets and business are protected."
Evans also announced Symantec Network Access Control 11.0, an optional module with Endpoint Protection to help customers discover and evaluate the status of endpoints, provision the appropriate network access and provide remediation capabilities to ensure security policies and standards are met.
Both products are slated for worldwide general release in September, he says.