Symantec has rolled out a service which offers companies the option of protecting systems through the web.
Hosted Endpoint Protection (PDF) targets small and medium sized businesses, and will be limited to North America initially.
Customers can join the service via a standard download or email invitation, or as an update push through a corporate network.
The service offers protection for endpoint PCs and file servers through a web-based management console, including anti-malware, firewall and intrusion prevention services.
In common with other cloud-based offerings, Hosted Endpoint Protection makes use of Symantec's web connection to constantly remain in touch and receive new security updates and protections.
The service uses the Symantec Global Intelligence network to report and receive updates for new malware threats and fixes.
Hosted Endpoint Protection also allows administrators to manage the protections through the web console and receive new alerts via SMS.
Rowan Trollope, senior vice president for hosted services at Symantec, argued that the hosted model is particularly relevant for messaging security thanks to its ease of management and deployment.
"Organisations are similarly motivated by the reduced complexity that cloud-based services can offer while effectively protecting their endpoint systems," he added.
"Hosted Endpoint Protection uses our software-as-a-service expertise to deliver advanced technologies that help protect customer systems without requiring additional hardware, software or dedicated IT staffing."
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