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Symantec Unveils Latest Weapon Against Cyberattacks

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Cybersecurity provider Symantec on Tuesday introduced its Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service, designed to detect and remediate advanced threats across control points.

Symantec's John ThompsonATP correlates suspicious activity across all control points and prioritizes the events that pose the most risk to an organization, according to Symantec. Once a critical threat is identified, it can be quickly contained and new instances can be blocked.

John Thompson, Symantec’s senior vice president of global sales, tells Channel Partners that the company’s partners are “excited to see this major innovation, and they’ll continue to see a steady drumbeat from us over the next three quarters.”

“Symantec ATP provides the channel community with an opportunity to expand their security portfolio and provide more comprehensive protection for their customers,” he said. “For example, partners can offer security assessments, help identify potential weak spots and use Symantec ATP to enhance their protection.”

In addition, partners may also be interested in managing the ATP environment on behalf of their customers, identifying threats and correlating incidents in a customer’s environment, Thompson said.

ATP includes Symantec Cynic, a new cloud-based sandboxing and payload detonation service to discover and prioritize today’s most advanced threats, according to the company. It also includes Synapse, a cross-control point correlation capability that collects suspicious activity across endpoints, networks and email to prioritize those that are of greatest risk to the organization.

“Security professionals are constantly on their toes trying to monitor and prevent the next cyberattack,” said Michael Brown, Symantec’s president and CEO. “We’re moving the industry forward with ATP by giving customers a complete picture of their entire enterprise from a single console. Now they can filter out the noise and quickly discover and remediate an attack.”

ATP will be available by the end of calendar year 2015.

Earlier this month, Symantec announced it has enhanced its partner program after the sale of its Veritas information-management business this past summer to The Carlyle Group. The two are now operating as separate companies, with Symantec focusing on cybersecurity.

“As Symantec has become a security-focused company, we may pick up many new partners who see the value of ATP, view security as an attractive market and want to be part of a double-digit growth industry,” Thompson said. “The channel is a crucial part of our company and Symantec ATP presents an ideal opportunity for partners to approach their customers about protecting against advanced threats while leveraging their existing Symantec investments. Partners can also offer up various services to customers, including product installation, configuration and management.”


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