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Symantec

Symantec may refer to:

Comodo Group - Symantec

In response to Symantec's comment asserting paid antivirus is superior to free antivirus, the CEO of Comodo Group challenged Symantec on 18 September 2010 to see whether paid or free products can better defend the consumer against malware. GCN'S John Breeden understood Comodo's stance on free Antivirus software and challenging Symantec: "This is actually a pretty smart move based on previous reviews of AV performance we've done in the GCN Lab. Our most recent AV review this year showed no functional difference between free and paid programs in terms of stopping viruses, and it's been that way for many years. In fact you have to go all the way back to 2006 to find an AV roundup where viruses were missed by some companies."

Comodo Group - Symantec

Comodo volunteered to a Symantec vs. Comodo independent review. Though this showdown did not take place, Comodo has since been included in multiple independent reviews with AV-Test, PC World, Best Antivirus Reviews, AV-Comparatives, and PC Mag.

Francis deSouza - Symantec

DeSouza joined Symantec through the company's acquisition of IMlogic in February 2006. DeSouza served as president of products and services at Symantec until November 11, 2013. He led the research, product management, engineering, customer support and operations for Symantec's offerings, which generated $6.73 billion in revenue in FY11.

Comodo Group - Symantec

Symantec responded saying that if Comodo is interested they should have their product included in tests by independent reviewers.

Katie Moussouris - Symantec

Moussouris joined Symantec in October 2004 when they acquired @stake. While there, she founded and managed Symantec Vulnerability Research in 2004, which was the first program to allow Symantec researchers to publish vulnerability research.

Stephen Gillett - Symantec

Gillett joined the board of directors for Symantec in 2011, and was a member of the audit committee. In 2012, Gillett also joined Symantec as its chief operating officer. Gillett worked on the divestiture of the Veritas business, which concluded in 2015. Gillett departed the company as result of the COO position being retired after the company split. Symantec said Gillett would remain with the company in a non-executive role during a transitional period in 2015.

SONAR (Symantec) - SONAR 3

SONAR 3 came with the Norton 2011 public beta. It is available for Norton 2010 customers with legitimate subscriptions through updates, Norton 2011 customers, and Norton 360 v.5 public beta users. According to the company, SONAR 3 is fine-tuned to better detect fake antivirus software and is better integrated with the network component. They advise: "In SONAR 3 we have further enhanced our integration with the network component in order to classify, convict, and remediate malware on the basis of its malicious network activity. With this feature in place, we will continue to block and remove many new variants of malware that leave their network footprint unchanged." According to Symantec it is now monitoring about 400 aspects of each application to determine whether it is safe or harmful.

SONAR (Symantec) - History

Symantec already had a behavior analysis security tool for enterprises, known as Critical System Protection. SONAR was introduced to serve the consumer antivirus market.

Norton (Symantec) - Norton SystemWorks (1998)

SystemWorks expanded the tools found in Norton Utilities and added other Symantec software titles, primarily antivirus, and later backup software for the high-end versions.

SONAR (Symantec)

SONAR is the abbreviation for Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response. Unlike virus signatures, SONAR examines the behavior of applications to decide whether they are malicious. SONAR is built upon technology Symantec acquired in its late 2005 purchase of WholeSecurity, a developer of behavioral anti-malware and anti-phishing software solutions in the United States.

Huawei Symantec

Huawei Symantec Technologies Co. Ltd. was a developer, producer and supplier of network security, storage and computing solutions. The joint venture was disbanded in March 2012 when Symantec sold its share in the company to Huawei, which is headquartered in Chengdu, China. Huawei originally owned 51% of the company, while Symantec owned 49%.

SONAR (Symantec) - How it works

An algorithm is used to evaluate hundreds of attributes relating to software running on a computer. Various factors are considered before determining that a program is malicious, such as if the program adds a shortcut on the desktop or creates a Windows Add/Remove programs entry. Both of those factors would indicate the program is not malware. The main use of SONAR is to enhance detection of zero day threats. Symantec claims SONAR can also prevent attackers from leveraging unpatched software vulnerabilities.

Huawei Symantec

Huawei is a Chinese-based company, while Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) is a US-based corporation headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Norton (Symantec) - History

Peter Norton Computing, Inc., was a software company founded by Peter Norton. Norton and his company developed various DOS utilities including the Norton Utilities, which did not include antivirus features. In 1990, the company was acquired by Symantec and renamed Peter Norton Consulting Group. Symantec's consumer antivirus and data management utilities are still marketed under the Norton name.

Brightmail - Symantec acquisition

In mid-2004, Symantec Corp., an early investor that owned 11 percent of Brightmail, acquired the firm for $370 million in an all-cash deal. Symantec was expanding beyond antivirus to provide a variety of security software, services and hardware. To this end, it has made a number of acquisitions between 2002 and 2004, including SafeWeb and On Technology. Brightmail technology was incorporated in most Symantec's products, including the well-known Norton antivirus product line. The move marks Brightmail's shift from point antispam systems to the larger, more integrated email security solutions, including products that solve a wide range of email messaging problems.

Information operations condition - ThreatCon (Symantec)

In computer science, ThreatCon is a system used by computer security company Symantec in order to assess how dangerous a software or networking exploit is to the global internet and communications network. There are four levels of ThreatCon in this manner:

Brightmail - Symantec acquisition

The CEO at the time of acquisition was Enrique Salem, who later went on to become the CEO of Symantec before being ousted in 2012.

Q&A (Symantec)

Q&A was a database and word processing software program for IBM PC-compatible computers published by Symantec and partners from 1985 to 1998. It was written by a team headed by Symantec founder Dr. Gary Hendrix, Denis Coleman, and Gordon Eubanks.

Symantec Endpoint Protection - Vulnerabilities

In early 2012, source code for Symantec Endpoint Protection was stolen and published online. A hacker group called "The Lords of Dharmaraja" claimed credit, alleging the source code was stolen from Indian military intelligence. The Indian government requires vendors to submit the source code of any computer program being sold to the government, to ensure that they are not being used for espionage. In July 2012, an update to Endpoint Protection caused compatibility issues, triggering a Blue Screen of Death on Windows XP machines running certain third-party file system drivers. In 2014, Offensive Security discovered an exploit in Symantec Endpoint Protection during a penetration test of a financial services organization. The exploit in the Application and Device control driver allowed a logged-in user to get system access. It was patched that August.

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