Aimed at cost-conscious businesses, Hosted Endpoint Protection helps companies protect against Web threats.
Security specialist Symantec announced the release of Hosted
Endpoint Protection, designed to allow small and midsize businesses to protect their Windows-based laptops, desktops and file
servers from the proliferation and growing sophistication of threats
with the simplicity of a cloud-based service. Hosted Endpoint
Protection is designed to safeguard endpoint systems with a single
solution managed from a Web-based console offering protection from the
endpoint to the gateway.
In addition to Symantec Hosted Endpoint Protection, recent enhancements
to the MessageLabs Web Security Service roaming support options will
allow organizations to monitor and secure the online activity of a
highly distributed workforce. MessageLabs Hosted Web Security
Service offers enhanced roaming and remote worker support options to
help organizations secure and enforce proper Web use in numerous
"A growing number of our clients have central offices with a largely
distributed workforce that is either on the road or working from branch
offices located across EMEA," said Finian Nally, technical director for
E-MIT Solutions, a provider of IT consultancy and management services
to SMBs. "With Hosted Endpoint Protection, we have visibility into the
health of end user systems and know that their protection levels are
current and meet their corporate security requirements regardless of
whether they are logged into the network. This part of the workforce is
often more difficult to monitor so the ability to manage these
distributed systems from a single management console makes our lives
much easier and also cuts costs for our clients."
SmartConnect for MessageLabs Hosted Web Security helps protect against
malware, enforces Web acceptable usage policies for roaming users and
detects geographic location for optimal service performance.
RemoteConnect for MessageLabs Hosted Web Security is designed to
protect and enforce Web acceptable use policies for teleworkers or
employees at remote offices.
"As the hosted model for messaging security has become increasingly
popular for its ease of management and deployment, organizations are
similarly motivated by the reduced complexity that cloud-based services
can offer while effectively protecting their endpoint systems," said
Rowan Trollope, senior vice president of Symantec Hosted Services.
"Hosted Endpoint Protection leverages our SaaS expertise to deliver
advanced technologies that help protect customer systems without
requiring additional hardware, management software, or dedicated IT
According to IT research firm Forrester, telecommuting is accelerating
the transition to cloud-based computing solutions which are effective
for highly distributed organizations. CA argues a cloud-based delivery
model streamlines the process of provisioning remote workers over the
Internet, and provides IT organizations with greater visibility and
control over corporate assets.
"Customers often experience pain when increased IT resources are
required to stay abreast of evolving endpoint threats," said Christian
Christiansen, vice president of security products and services for
technology research firm IDC. "To reduce these difficulties, customers
want turn-key, endpoint solutions that provide the latest protection
levels with easy set up, zero maintenance, and automatic upgrades.
Security SaaS implementations can fully provide these solutions."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.