Threat data offer for outsourced security

Symantec plans to start selling security intelligence data as an add-on to its Managed Security Services from next week.

Symantec plans to start selling security intelligence data as an add-on to its Managed Security Services from next week.

Symantec's Dee Liebenstein said users who had hired the company to manage their security infrastructures would now also be able to get extensive information on threats particular to their IT systems as well as global cyberthreats.

All data will be displayed on the Secure Internet Interface, the same website that Symantec's Managed Security Services customers currently use to check the status of their security infrastructures, such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems. The data comes from Symantec's DeepSight Early Warning Services, a separate product.

"We have integrated DeepSight Early Warning Services into the Secure Internet Interface," said Liebenstein. "Our Managed Security Services customers now have a one-stop shop to get information both about their local network and the global threat landscape. Customers can now proactively secure their information assets before attacks hit their networks."

The combined service also allows customers to generate reports that compare their own security events with global threat information. "They can quickly see if they are seeing the same attacks as other folks in their industry or their country, or are being specifically targeted," said Liebenstein.

According to Symantec there is little customer overlap between Managed Security Services and Early Warning Services.

Meta Group vice-president Paul Proctor said the integration of the two services made practical sense. "These are important things that belong together, so I am glad they are offering them that way. Organisations need long-range research. You have to look out into the future so you can plan and prioritise."

Adding the intelligence information to the Managed Security Services would cost customers extra, said Liebenstein, with prices starting at $350 (£190) a month.

Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service

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