Symantec launches Cloud Workload Protection Suite; automates visibility and security for AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform

Symantec Corp., a cyber security company, announced on Thursday new additions to Symantec Cloud Workload Protection (CWP) Suite, adding multilayered anti-malware scanning for workloads, protecting both compute and storage.

Symantec Cloud Workload Protection (CWP) allows organizations to secure their critical workloads wherever they are – public clouds, private clouds, and physical on-premises data centers – from a single intuitive console. CWP automates workload security, providing discovery, visibility, and protection against advanced threats.

CWP’s Cloud Bridge feature enables Symantec Data Center Security (DCS) customers to manage DCS agents on their virtualized and physical on-premises servers from the CWP console as well. Automatic and elastic cloud-native security for AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform workloads, along with Docker container protection, enables business agility while integrating advanced protections into DevOps service workflows. Automatic identification of workload security postures and software services, including visibility into infrastructure changes, enables automatic policy recommendations and deployment.

CWP provides protection for hybrid cloud workloads including real-time anti-malware scanning using SEP technologies, unique application isolation that helps to block exploits targeting known and unknown vulnerabilities, OS hardening that helps to stop zero-day threats, and real-time file integrity monitoring (RT-FIM) that helps to prevent unauthorized system changes.

In addition, CWP and CWP for Storage receive the latest threat and vulnerability information via the Symantec Global Intelligence Network (GIN). Powering one of the world’s premier civilian cyber defense threat intelligence services, Symantec GIN continuously ingests threat information from more than 15,000 enterprises, 175 million endpoints (consumer and enterprise), and 3,000 threat researchers and engineers.

The demand for greater business agility has led many organizations to adopt a hybrid cloud infrastructure often combining on-premises, public and private clouds. However, traditional on-premises security tools do not have the cloud-native integrations required to protect and scale with workloads and storage in these dynamic environments.

Symantec CWP and CWP for Storage include multilayered anti-malware protection powered by Symantec Endpoint Security (SEP) technologies to help discover and mitigate viruses and threats. CWP helps automatically discover, visualize and protect workloads across heterogeneous hybrid cloud data center environments using a single agent, single console solution. The solution supports physical on-premises servers, virtualized private clouds, and public cloud platforms including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

The features include multi-layered anti-malware scanning for Windows and Linux compute instances and servers to help block the latest malware-based attacks such as ransomware and malicious bots

Industry-leading endpoint anti-malware technologies, including advanced machine learning and file reputation analysis, to help discover and block unknown threats and zero-day attacks. It also features automatic and scheduled anti-malware scanning to discover and protect Amazon S3 buckets without removing files and objects from the cloud environment and alerts that identify misconfigured or publicly accessible buckets

Integration with DevOps workflows, enabling security that scales elastically with dynamic cloud environments.

The suite delivers automated visibility and security for workloads across leading public cloud providers – AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform; and support for Docker containers and orchestration tools including Chef and Puppet.

Currently available, Symantec CWP includes workload hardening capabilities such as File Integrity Monitoring (FIM), unique application isolation, and OS hardening to help stop zero-day attacks. CWP enables automatic policy recommendations for rapid and scalable protection of cloud workloads with discovery of software services and visibility into infrastructure changes.

“Ransomware attacks continue to hold data hostage, while misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have resulted in publicly exposed customer data,” said Doug Cahill, group director and senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “As enterprises migrate and deploy workloads to the public cloud, the ability to visualize and secure compute and storage resources across heterogeneous hybrid cloud environments is increasingly important. Symantec is the first to offer anti-malware protection for the combination of AWS S3 storage buckets and public cloud workloads. By providing enterprises with the flexibility to deploy the right protections in the cloud and on-premises from a single console, Symantec CWP helps organizations unify cybersecurity across hybrid clouds.”

“Our Integrated Cyber Defense Platform unifies security across cloud and on-premises environments,” said Javed Hasan, senior vice president, Endpoint, Datacenter and Mobile Enterprise Security at Symantec. “As a critical component of our ICD Platform, Cloud Workload Protection allows DevOps practitioners to apply elastic, scalable anti-malware protection into their CI/CD workflows, while enabling security administrators to manage heterogeneous cloud environments via an efficient, single console solution. As such, enterprises in the cloud generation can now benefit from industry-leading protection powered by Symantec’s SEP technologies within their cloud data center environments.”


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