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29 July 2009, 10:55

Symantec launches Cyber Threat Analysis Program

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Security specialist Symantec has announced plans to provide large companies and agencies with personalised security support through its new Cyber Threat Analysis Program (CTAP). With the new program, Symantec will send specially trained and experienced analysts to the companies and agencies to help fend off cyber-attacks, provide localised threat detection and advise them on how to tighten their overall security.

Referencing its Internet Security Threat Report Volume XIVPDF from April of this year, Symantec advises that security threats are on the rise and that 90 per cent of all threats it detected were attempts to steal confidential information. According to Ted Donat, director of product management for Symantec's global consulting services, the CTAP analysts will be dedicated to a particular customer and will have access to Symantec's global repositories containing all of the data that it has collected.

The Symantec Global Intelligence Network information includes, for example, 240,000 attack sensors used to track malicious activity and the information that it receives from evaluating over eight billion email messages and one billion web requests each day. However, the new service and access to all of Symantec's information do come at a price. According to Symantec, the program cost will range from $325,000 (£198,500) to $1 million (£610,780) or more.

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