Remote Offices Get Buff Security

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-09-24

Symantecs Norton Internet Security 2002 adds protections for instant messaging, as well as new anti-virus and application authentication in a $70 package that mobile users and remote offices can easily use to protect corporate data.

The latest version of Norton Internet, released this month, heats up the low-end personal firewall/anti-virus/intrusion product market by loading features that outpower Zone Labs competing ZoneAlarm Pro, which is $40.

Norton Internet Security 2002 nicely integrates anti-virus and application checking tools into the standard array of Internet control utilities found in protection products. In tests, the anti-virus software was easy to use and update. Mobile users outside the corporate firewall will be less likely to act as a conduit of attack through the VPN link.

The product is a cinch to configure; Im confident that even the most technically challenged road warriors could make the simple selections to ensure their systems were protected.

The biggest drawback to enterprise users is lack of centralized administrative tools.

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