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Symantec to launch Security Management System

Symantec is set to unveil a new network security management tool called Symantec Security Management System (SSMS). The new product promises to provide customers with a holistic view of their network security.

The SSMS product will include antivirus features in addition to firewall and intrusion detection capabilities and is designed for corporate networks. The product will be unveiled at an event called "Vision 360" hosted by Symantec in New York on 1 October.

Security software vendor Symantec has been looking to boost its offerings in the network security sector since acquiring a host of security companies during the summer. Those acquisitions have included Recourse Technologies, makers of the ManHunt intrusion-detection system, and Mountain Wave, makers of the CyberWolf security management system.

ManHunt provided Symantec with a well-regarded intrusion-detection system IDS product to replace its NetProwler software. CyberWolf provided Symantec with security management software that can perform real-time correlation of security alert information generated by intrusion detection sensors as well as local workstations and other network devices.

While not offering the ability to do real-time correlation such as that offered by CyberWolf, SSMS is reported to have the ability to aggregate security data from a number of different network security products such as Check Point Software Technologies' firewalls, antivirus products by Network Associates and Internet Security Systems' RealSecure IDS products.

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