Symantec plans to introduce new security services for its 50 million worldwide users including a new generation of consumer security products expected to be delivered by the end of the year.
The offering, dubbed ‘Security 2.0’, will be preceded by a refreshment of Symantec’s Norton product line with two new consumer products intended to improve identity-theft protection. The products are a security and backup service called Norton 360 and an online commerce security product called Norton Confidential.
Norton Confidential is intended to protect users from known phishing sites and malicious keylogging software as well as managing confidential information like passwords. It will also warn users if they are about to conduct a suspicious online transaction.
Norton 360, previously known by the code name Project Genesis, will be a competitor to Microsoft's new OneCare security and backup software. A beta version of the Norton service will be available in July, and Symantec expects to be able to deliver a final version by the end of the year.
The good thing about Microsoft’s emphasis on security is that it has shaken up vendors like Symantec who may have been getting a little complacent in their product offerings. Now it knows is has to compete.