Symantec has recently launched a SaaS-based security offering for Windows-based desktops, laptops and file servers. According to this Information Week story, the solution is aimed at freeing IT from the tyranny of attack code, pushing emergency virus signatures or immediately reacting to yet another Microsoft patch Tuesday or vulnerability announcement.
“Dubbed Symantec Hosted Endpoint Protection, the cloud-based offering, aimed at small and midsize businesses, provides antivirus, antispyware, firewall and a host intrusion prevention system (HIPS) for PCs, and antivirus and antispyware for file servers, all managed via the cloud by Symantec.
“From an IT administration standpoint, the front end is a Web-based management console for adding new PCs, setting policies and reviewing real-time updates. Security alerts can also be sent via SMS or email. Using the console, IT managers can also force a PC to update its Hosted Endpoint Protection software, review the PC’s security history, and change local security policies.”