Symantec set to announce Security Management System

Symantec is set to unveil a new network security management tool called Symantec Security Management System (SSMS) in an event scheduled for Oct. 1. The new product will provide customers with a holistic view of their network security.

"The product is focused on providing an aggregated view of security that includes data, gateways, servers, and clients," said Sherri Walkenhorst of Connect Public Relations, which is helping Symantec organize the event but declined to mention the product by name. However, details of the product that were revealed are consistent with previous public statements made by Symantec officials about SSMS plans.

The SSMS product will include antivirus features in addition to firewall and intrusion detection capabilities and is designed for corporate networks, according to Walkenhorst.

The product will be unveiled at an event called "Vision 360" hosted by Symantec in New York City on Oct. 1. At the event, executives from the company will discuss the need for comprehensive network security before an audience made up of chief information officers and chief security officers from some of Symantec's leading customers as well as financial analysts, industry analysts and the press.

Symantec, based in Cupertino, California, has been looking to boost its offerings in the network security sector since acquiring a host of security companies during the summer. Those acquisitions included Recourse Technologies, Inc., makers of the ManHunt intrusion-detection system, and Mountain Wave, makers of the CyberWolf security management system.

ManHunt provided Symantec with a well-regarded intrusion-detection system IDS product to replace its lackluster NetProwler software. CyberWolf provided Symantec with security management software that can perform real-time correlation of security alert information generated by intrusion detection sensors as well as local workstations and other network devices.

While not offering the ability to do realtime correlation such as that offered by CyberWolf, SSMS is reported to have the ability to aggregate security data from a number of different network security products such as Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. firewalls, antivirus products by Network Associates Inc., and Internet Security Systems Inc. RealSecure IDS products.

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