Symantec looks to up the ante on SMB security with Endpoint Protection Cloud

A new security product from Symantec hopes to better secure small businesses against ransomware and other targeted cyberattacks.

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A new security product from Symantec, announced Tuesday, could bolster SMBs' defenses against targeted cyberattacks and ransomware. The Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud uses machine learning and intelligent protection to help block attacks.

According to a Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, cited in a press release, 65% of all targeted attacks that happened in 2015 were perpetrated against SMBs. The company said that the Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud is meant for businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees, and can be configured and deployed in less than five minutes. Additionally, it can be "operated by someone with general IT knowledge," the press release said.

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Users can access the Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud through a single cloud-based console to access security tools such as endpoint protection, encryption, and management.

According to the press release, users can manage PCs, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and servers through the console. It works with Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. A full list of supported versions can be found here.

The core endpoint threat protection is powered by Symantec's Global Intelligence Network and machine learning technology. Because of the increasing attacks on smaller businesses, Javed Hasan, vice president of engineering at Symantec, said in a press release that SMB owners "must adopt the same vigilance against advanced attacks and deploy the same modern defense capabilities found in enterprise solutions like machine learning to protect their businesses."

Employees can add their own devices to the system for protection through a self-service, with protection available for five devices per employee under one licensing fee. Users get real-time updates through a dashboard that can alert them to compliance issues as well.

According to the Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud website, policies can be configured in one step. Also, being that the product is cloud-based, it is available in a pay-as-you-go model and is automatically updated.

Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud is now available in the US, and will be available globally by the end of 2016. Standard pricing starts at $49 per user, per year, and endpoint encryption can be added for an additional $20 per user, per year. A server-based subscription costs $38 per server, per year.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. The new Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud, announced Tuesday, could help SMB customers protect their organizations against cyberattacks and ransomware.
  2. The Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud relies on machine learning to intelligently protect endpoints against threats and provide real-time data.
  3. Employees can add their own devices through a self-service portal, with up to five devices supported per employee on a license fee.

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