Symantecs Hamlet Promises All-Seeing, Single-Console Security

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2007-06-13 Print this article Print

The company touts its Endpoint Protection 11.0—which combines the gamut of enterprise security technology into one integrated agent managed from one console—as unmatched in the market.

Symantec is drawing all the disparate security technologies that protect enterprise endpoints—network access control, application control, anti-virus, anti-spyware, desktop firewall, host and network intrusion prevention, and device control—into one integrated agent managed from one console, resulting in a product it says is matched by none on the market today when it comes to functionality. The company plans to unveil Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 at its Symantec Vision show in Las Vegas on June 13 and will simultaneously make it available in a public beta version at The product includes proactive technologies designed to automatically analyze application behaviors and network communications to detect and actively block attacks. Symantec will also unveil Symantec NAC (Network Access Control) 11.0, which had been code-named Project Hamlet. Symantec considers Endpoint Protection to be a significant step in its new enterprise security vision, dubbed "Security 2.0" when it was announced in October 2006.
Security 2.0 is built around the notion that efforts to defend corporate assets should no longer be seen in terms of applying software or services to individual problems, but should instead be focused on creating a backbone of high-level processes that drive security into every part of a companys operations, in particular Web-based business applications.
The goal is to shrink the administrative costs of managing a hodgepodge of endpoint security products. Symantec has purchased, over the past few years, much of the technology thats going into the all-under-one-umbrella product: Symantec acquired Veritas for storage and backup in 2004,