The new version of Symantec's Endpoint Protection software will be available via a public beta by the end of April this year.
Announced at the RSA conference in San Francisco, Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 is the first major update to the software in three years.
Mike Jones, product marketing manager at Symantec, said the new version will update millions of desktops to increase security and performance as well as extending virtual environments with randomised scans and trusted file lists.
"It's usually a closed beta but we're opening it as a public beta to test the software and give feedback," said Mike Jones.
Powered by Symantec's Insight security technology that tracks files to find threats, the updated version blocks sophisticated malware attacks using a reputation-based system.
Symantec claims the upgrade will reduce the overhead of virus scanning by up to 70% using Insight to identify and whitelist trusted files.
The beta will be available by the end of April with general availability planned for the end of 2011. The version update will be an in-place upgrade for subscribed customers.
The beta is available by invitation-only - register for the public beta here >>