Oct 05 2016

Symantec, VMware Partner on Endpoint Security

The security firm and virtualization player plan to integrate their cybersecurity and endpoint management technologies.

Symantec and VMware unveiled a strategic partnership to unify endpoint management and broader threat security. As part of the announcement at VMware's Connect 2016 conference in Atlanta, Symantec joined the VMware Mobile Security Alliance, a group of digital security companies that work to mitigate mobile threats by providing advanced security solutions that are seamlessly integrated into the VMware AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management Platform

To address the challenges of increased security vulnerabilities, Symantec and VMware plan to integrate their cybersecurity and endpoint management technologies. The two companies want enable organizations to have the ability to leverage advanced machine learning techniques through Symantec's Global Intelligence Network with integrated identity management and unified endpoint management via the VMware AirWatch compliance engine.

The announcement comes less than two months after VMware announced its new approach endpoint security, which it has dubbed Unified Endpoint Management (UEM). The approach combines endpoint security, endpoint management and software lifecycle automation. 

In the 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, Symantec reported that new mobile vulnerabilities increased by 214 percent in 2015. VMware and Symantec said that data confirms the need to complement threat intelligence with comprehensive endpoint management to achieve end-to-end security from the device to inside the data center.