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Symantec adds bot protection to managed security services

Symantec continued its services push today by boosting its managed security services (MSS) with bot protection.

MSS customers will receive the added protection free with their current subscriptions, which provide real-time monitoring and threat response. Symantec says its latest Internet Security Threat Report found, over a six-month period, more than 5 million computers infected with bots — programs that can spread malware from computer to computer and grant remote access to unauthorized users.

Much of Symantec’s focus lately has been on managed services and Software-as-a-Service (Saas). Its upcoming SaaS platform, Symantec Protection Network, was on the minds of many value-added resellers (VARs) at last month’s Partner Engage conference, where Symantec executives reassured them that the channel will play a big part in services. The first SaaS offering, Online Backup Service, is due later this year.

Symantec’s services push is an attempt to attract more small and medium-sized business (SMB) customers and also to keep its lead in the emerging Symantec vs. Microsoft security battle.

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