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Symantec Taps Acquisitions to Bolster Endpoint Security

January 30, 2019 / Carl Weinschenk

Symantec this week announced new products and enhancements to its network endpoint security lineup. The first is focused on managed endpoint detection and response (MEDR) and enhanced EDR 4.0, and the second on endpoint protection and hardening capabilities. The introductions are best seen in the broader landscape. Last October, Symantec sought to rebound from sagging fortunes with products aimed at securing workloads on Amazon Web Service (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, and extending the capabilities of its cloud access security broker (CASB) technology. Symantec was facing sinking enterprise revenues, an internal investigation of its financial disclosures, and the need to broaden its image beyond being a provider of legacy firewalls. Now, the company is moving on the endpoint front. Its initiative started with acquisitions in November of Javelin Networks and Appthority. At least one capability introduced this week – security for active directory – builds on the Javelin acquisi...