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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Symantec Sets Out Roadmap

Symantec has a roadmap for a slew of new enterprise security and storage products, as well as new consumer offerings designed to lock down user devices. Jeremy Burton, Symantec’s group president for enterprise security and data management, revealed that the firm is hard at work on a new product, code-named “Project Hamlet.”  The software, which is scheduled for launch in early 2007, will combine technology from the vendor’s Sygate and WholeSecurity acquisitions as well as Symantec’s existing anti-virus offerings.  “It’s a fully-integrated piece of security software to protect every endpoint,” he explains, adding that Symantec also plans to launch a mobile version of the technology about a quarter after the initial release.  But Burton, who wrestled with microphone problems throughout his talk, noted that the vendor is still thrashing out the specifics of the new product line.  Symantec’s plans suggest that the vendor is looking to claw its way into the Network Admission Control (NAC) market, largely off the back of Sygate’s technology.

Prior to last summer’s acquisition, there had been plenty of speculation about who would buy the startup, which offers software for enforcing security policies across a range of devices.  Burton also confirmed, in response to a question from an analyst, that Symantec will make more of its email and messaging management products available through an “on demand” pricing model in the future.  The vendor, he added, is also planning to launch a new version of its Enterprise Vault messaging management product later this year, which will offer file system enhancements.  “A couple of years ago, we would have been talking about hackers seeking notoriety,” he said.  In contrast, hackers are now looking to surreptitiously install software on corporate desktops for purposes such as keystroke logging, which can steal critical data.

Security, however, was not the only topic of discussion today, and Symantec execs confirmed that they are preparing a major new release of the NetBackup product they inherited when they bought storage vendor Veritas for $13.5 billion last year.

Away from the enterprise, Enrique Salem, Symantec’s group president for consumer products, explained that the vendor has two major new products up its sleeve: Norton 360 (code-named Genesis) and Norton Confidential (code-named Voyager).

Symantec execs avoided any discussion of their current lawsuit against Microsoft during today’s call.

Posted on 05/31