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Monday, June 13, 2005

Symantec unwraps intrusion detection

Symantec plans to take the wraps off a new intrusion detection product, while rival McAfee is set to announce a Linux update to its Entercept software.

Symantec’s new Critical System Protection 4.5 is based on technology from Platform Logic, a company Symantec acquired in December.

Like other behaviour-based intrusion detection products, Critical System Protection 4.5 defends networks by monitoring program behaviour, and spotting and blocking viruses and worms.  It’s designed to protect corporate desktops and servers against unknown attacks.

Symantec has overhauled Platform Logic’s original AppFire software to make it compatible with its other products, said Chirantan Desai, director of product management at the company.  Critical System Protection 4.5 requires its own management interface, but Symantec is working on a common interface for its products, he said.  Desai said the new software, aimed at large enterprises, is meant to be used with other Symantec products—specifically, AntiVirus Corporate Edition and Client Security.

Where the Critical System Protection provides behaviour-based defenses, Client Security includes signature-based intrusion protection.  Signature-based intrusion detection products detect attacks based on definitions that are created by the product vendor and regularly updated, much like antivirus definitions.

Rival McAfee’s Entercept software offers protection based on both behavioural rules and intrusion prevention signatures.  The company, formerly known as Network Associates, is scheduled to announce on Monday that Entercept now runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 servers.  The product already supports Microsoft’s Windows and Sun Microsystems’ Solaris operating systems.

Symantec’s Critical System Protection 4.5 is due out by the end of June and will run on Windows XP and Windows 2000 (server and client), Windows Server 2003 and Suse Linux and Solaris.,39020375,39203516,00.htm

Posted on 06/13