Symantec has announced Symantec Endpoint Protection 12, now available for public beta and optimised for virtual environments, offering organisations the protection needed to effectively block both known and new cyber threats.

Symantec now opens its previously invitation-only beta program to the public, and interested parties may sign up here. Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 12, also now available for public beta, will offer small organisations with limited IT staff and resources a solution they can easily deploy to start protecting their businesses in less than 20 minutes (on average in a less than 50-user environment).
The new versions are scheduled to be generally available later this year for purchase through Symantec’s worldwide network of value-added authorised resellers, distributors and systems integrators, or directly from Symantec.
For mid- to large-sized organisations, Symantec offers Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 for on-premises deployment.
For smaller organisations, Symantec offers both on-premises and cloud-based solutions with Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition and Symantec Endpoint, respectively, providing customers with flexibility of choice and freedom of deployment to best meet their business needs.
The sheer volume of sophisticated attacks targeting organisations of all sizes poses a daunting challenge for traditional signature-based security solutions that can’t keep up. According to Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report, in 2010, attackers unleashed more than 286-million distinct malicious programs, an average of more than nine new threats every second of every day.
These threats impact multiple areas of the IT infrastructure, with a 93% increase in Web-based attacks, 42% more mobile vulnerabilities, and 6 253 new vulnerabilities including 14 zero-day vulnerabilities which played a key role in targeted attacks like Hydraq and Stuxnet.
Security solutions that provide central management and security intelligence are required to combat persistent, co-ordinated assaults on organisations today.
To provide unmatched protection against this new threat landscape, Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 is designed to detect and block sophisticated new threats earlier, more accurately and with greater performance than any other security product.
Symantec Endpoint Protection leverages Insight, Symantec’s award-winning community and cloud-based reputation technology, to block new and unknown threats missed by other security solutions.
By blocking risky files with a poor reputation from entering an organisation, Symantec Endpoint Protection provides a vital first line of defense in the battle against advanced persistent threats.
Built for speed and effectiveness in virtual environments, internally-conducted testing of the software in heavily consolidated virtual environments shows a 90% reduction in disk usage, thus delivering up to a tenfold increase in consolidation density.
Symantec continues to work closely with VMware to take full advantage of virtualisation awareness and introspection capabilities based on VMware vShield technology, and Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 is the first step along the optimisation path for virtual and cloud environments.