Symantec's acquisition of security company Sygate earlier this month should benefit users by bolstering the company's network quarantine products, according to analyst firm Forrester Research.
Sygate provides tools to automate the process of discovering network endpoints. Endpoint compliance helps businesses enforce security by ensuring that all devices connected to a network - desktops, laptops, servers and mobiles - are running the appropriate level of security, are configured correctly and possess up-to-date patches. Symantec said the acquisition of Sygate would enable it to offer products to enforce business policies and automate security practices.
The tools determine the compliance of endpoint devices with security policies, enforcing network access control, remediating non-compliant systems, and then continuously monitoring for compliance.
The Sygate Universal Network Access Control system is designed to help users to extend the protections of network access control to different type of network access including virtual private network, wireless, wired switch, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, and home networks. It also supports endpoints such as desktops, laptops, servers, guest systems, and embedded devices.
Symantec said the Sygate software allows users to define how secure an endpoint must be before it can access specific network resources, even when end-users take their mobile devices off the corporate network.
Forrester Research said that, provided that Symantec's £7.5bn absorption of Veritas does not hinder the Sygate integration, users have much to look forward to.
"Existing Symantec users can add Sygate's network quarantine solution to their arsenals economically, and current Sygate customers can stop worrying about Sygate losing out to a bigger security fish," said analyst Natalie Lambert. She suggested that users of rival products would also be able to quote Symantec-plus-Sygate pricing to negotiate better deals.
She noted that Symantec gains Sygate's network quarantine and security compliance and remediation tools and will be able to offer its Livestate configuration and patch management products to provide an end-to-end client security.
However, the company's strategy will take between 12 to 18 months to complete as Symantec will need to integrate its various client security products, according to Forrester.
Forrester said it expected Symantec's acquisition of Sygate to accelerate the integration of client security suites beyond anti-malware, firewall, and intrusion prevention system features. Consolidation of client security, configuration management and network quarantine products would provide better endpoint protection than today's client security products can, the analyst firm said.