Multilevel Security Strategy Needed, but SMBs Face Tough Battle
NEWS ANALYSIS: Antivirus software isn't dead but needs to be supplemented with additional resources that are often beyond the means of SMBs.First of all, don't run out and cancel your anti-malware subscriptions just because you heard that antivirus software is dead. It's not dead. Instead, what got picked up in some of the headlines is only part of the truth. In reality, you still need your endpoint-security software just as much as you always did. So whether you're running Norton Antivirus, Norton Internet Security or Symantec Endpoint Security or the equivalent software from other companies, you should keep using it. Just be aware that it's not, by itself, a complete solution. In addition to the anti-malware software you already use, you also need additional defenses. Problem is, most of the defenses being mentioned so far are aimed at large enterprises. The company's new Advanced Threat Protection package of products and services included managed security services, an incident response team, and an agreement with three major next-generation firewall vendors to integrate threat intelligence with the firewall's screening abilities. But these services and products are beyond the means of small and midsized businesses (SMBs). More important, these companies are the least able to field the kind of expertise necessary to protect themselves against attackers. To find out what these companies can do, I got in touch with Piero DePaoli, Symantec's senior director of global product marketing.
DePaoli said that Symantec is already working on a new security product for smaller businesses that would provide some of the security protection of a next-generation firewall, but it would be provided by Symantec rather than a firewall company. "It is a new advanced threat protection solution," he said. "It will be available in beta in six months, available in 12.