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Symantec Announces Plans for New Antivirus Administration Console for Macintosh
CUPERTINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 16, 2004--Symantec Corp.
(Nasdaq:SYMC), the global leader in information security, today
announced plans for a Web-based console to centrally administer
Macintosh clients licensed for Symantec's Norton AntiVirus for
Macintosh 9.0. The Symantec administration console for Macintosh is
planned to provide centralized antivirus management for OS X clients,
ensuring up-to-date protection across multiple platform network
Using the Symantec administration console for Macintosh, IT
administrators will have the ability to manage the most critical
central administrative functions for distributing and updating clients
protected with Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 9.0. IT administrators
will be able to audit the machine name, location, software version
installed and latest virus definitions update of each Macintosh on
their network without relying on user action. In addition, the console
is being designed to provide a view of the most recent viruses found
on each Macintosh within the network along with the ten most prevalent
"Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 9.0, with the administrative
console, will be the ideal solution for organizations that have a
heterogeneous PC and Macintosh environment," said Stephen Cullen,
senior vice president, security products and solutions, Symantec. "IT
Administrators will be able to use the centralized administration
functionality to update Macintosh clients with antivirus protection,
confirming that their Mac's are protected and their network is
"We are excited about Symantec's continued support for Mac OS X,"
said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer
Relations. "Symantec's administration console for Norton AntiVirus for
Macintosh 9.0 will offer a great, centralized antivirus management
tool for Mac OS X clients protecting the network environments of our
The Symantec administration console for Macintosh is planned to
offer the following functions:
-- LiveUpdate virus definition and product updates on demand or
-- Deployment of Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh.
-- Configuration changes pushed to Macintosh clients.
-- Lock-down settings for the client to prevent users from
changing preferences, such as canceling a virus scan or
uninstalling the Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh client.
-- Storage of client data in the central MySQL database included
with Mac OS X Server software. IT administrators can access
the information via the SQL Database.
-- Production of standard and customized reports easily
accessible via the Web interface.
-- Convenient, easy to use administration console that is
accessible from any Web browser.
Definition updates will be delivered by the Symantec Security
Response team, which provides fast, global, integrated analysis and
The Symantec administrative console for Macintosh is planned to be
available in November 2004. Symantec customers with current applicable
maintenance using Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 8.x, Symantec
AntiVirus Enterprise Edition 8.x and Norton AntiVirus Corporate
Edition 9.0 will receive information on how to request the CD.
Symantec is the global leader in information security providing a
broad range of software, appliances and services designed to help
individuals, small and mid-sized businesses, and large enterprises
secure and manage their IT infrastructure. Symantec's Norton brand of
products is the worldwide leader in consumer security and
problem-solving solutions. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif.,
Symantec has operations in more than 35 countries. More information is
available at http://www.symantec.com.
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