Symantec Norton 2010 to ride on reputation

October 1, 2009

PC security giant Symantec today released Symantec Norton 2010 and Norton Antivirus 2010 package that features real-time security service and technology that evaluates the reputations of the files and applications running on PC.

The new 2010 products uses extensive online intelligence systems to pro-actively protect the PC and keep users informed of the security and performance.

David Hall, Symantec Regional Product Manager, Asia Pacific, said that the new products leverage a new model of security codenamed Quorum.

“The 2010 products helps to attain unmatched detection of new malware and advanced far beyond traditional signature and behavior-based detection. Since July, thousands of users have been test driving beta versions of the Quorum-enhanced software from the Symantec site.” he added.

With the Quorum technology the software tracks files and applications and dozens of their attributes including their age, download source, digital signature and prevalence. The attributes are then run through several complex algorithms to determine the reputation of a file.

“As a file is distributed across the Internet and these attributes change, Quorum updates the reputation of the file. This reputation is especially important when a file is new, likely to be a threat, and traditional defenses are not likely to detect it,” David explained.

According to Symantec, Norton 2010 installs in about a minute, uses just over 10MB of memory and scans a hard drives and solid state drives in 61 seconds and 31 seconds, respectively.

NIS 2010 comes at a suggested retail price of $69.99 for a three-PC license. Norton AntiVirus 2010 will sell for $39.99 and includes a one-year service subscription. Users with an active subscription can also receive the product updates.