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Symantec ITMS 8.5 strengthens and simplifies endpoint security

Posted on 25-Oct-2018 17:44 | Filed under: News

Symantec Corp. has announced enhancements to its IT Management Suite (ITMS), including real-time endpoint management capabilities and powerful integrations with Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) and Control Compliance Suite to offer additional protection from threats and critical vulnerabilities. ITMS 8.5 provides customers with the flexibility and versatility they need to manage and control their endpoints in the cloud generation.


According to research from ESG, IT operations teams are increasingly involved in the procurement and management of cyber security tools. This brings headaches, challenges and obstacles for IT operations and the business at large, adding the difficult and time-consuming tasks of remediating vulnerabilities and patching endpoints.


ITMS 8.5 provides IT operations teams with the real-time endpoint management, automation and flexibility to further simplify operations and enhance effectiveness. ITMS 8.5 manages, patches and remediates endpoints and OS configurations for desktops, laptops and servers throughout their entire lifecycle. Additionally, it manages endpoints outside the perimeter, allowing employees to remain protected when working remotely.


A well-managed endpoint is a secure endpoint and that philosophy is what drove our latest innovations with IT Management Suite,” said Bryan Barney, SVP and GM, enterprise security products at Symantec. “With version 8.5, we’ve added real-time management capabilities and doubled down on protection through deep integrations with Symantec’s leading products to create powerful use cases that strengthen our customers’ overall security posture.”


Key updates include: 


  • Time Critical Management – Data is collected on demand and in real time for immediate intelligence that helps make more informed security decisions, faster.
  • Endpoint Quarantine – Endpoints that fail to pass a compliance scan can be blocked from the network through direct SEP integration, helping prevent the spread of endpoint vulnerabilities such as WannaCry.
  • Automated Vulnerability-based Scanning and Remediation – Integration with Control Compliance Suite Vulnerability Manager scans for vulnerabilities and automatically delivers patches to online endpoints that need remediation.
  • Modern UI Workspaces – New, modern UI for performing common daily tasks designed for simplicity and speed, allowing technicians with little or no experience to utilise the power of ITMS without special training.

Aspirus, a non-profit, community-directed health system based in Wausau, Wisconsin with more than 7,700 employees has implemented Symantec ITMS 8.5. Jesse Kozikowski, an infrastructure architect at Aspirus said, “As part of our security strategy, we use many elements of Symantec’s Integrated Cyber Defense platform including endpoint management. We’re looking forward to taking advantage of the new features and functionality in ITMS 8.5, especially the integration with Symantec Endpoint Protection to quarantine endpoints that don’t meet our compliance requirements and the ability to have an accurate inventory of devices – Time Critical Management really takes that to the next level.”




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