The beta version of Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 is publicly available: http://go.symantec.com/sep12beta/ It includes a whole bunch of new features including new security improvements (scan caching (Symantec Insight), Real Time SONAR 3, Power Eraser and cloud scan enabling to check file’s or processes’ reputation), integration with Symantec Workflow and with Symantec Protection Center – a new web-based management console integrating Symantec security products.
The virtualization features include:
- Scans and content update randomization – the VMs running on the same host and with the same policy applied may randomize the time when the start scheduled scan and content (definitions, updates) update within a set up randomization window so that the simultaneous activity from all SEP clients on the host will not impact the host performance.
- Virtual Image Exception – scan optimization to white list files from the standard VM image.
- Automatic VM identification.
The information on the list are from Symantec Endpoint Protection Beta Datasheet.
Remember also that virtualization features will be available only in the full version of SEP and not in Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition.
The new SEP should be lighter and faster. Moreover, it introduces new solutions for virtualized environments. It’s definitely worth trying on VMs. Remember though it is still beta, don’t use it on your production machines!