Symantec 'Project Nextgen' to merge compliance tools

Symantec plans to integrate its Enterprise Security Manager and Control Compliance Suite software

Symantec plans to integrate two of its compliance assessment products to make it easier for IT administrators to manage the software, a company executive said Thursday.

Engineers at the company are working on integrating Symantec's Enterprise Security Manager and Control Compliance Suite, said Tom Kendra, president of Symantec's Security and Data Management group, speaking on a webcast of the company's annual financial analyst conference Thursday.

The project, code-named "Nextgen," is expected to ship in 2008, or possibly even as soon as the end of the year, Kendra said.

Symantec did not disclose many other details about Nextgen. "The real key with Nextgen is it will be combining agent and agentless technologies," according to a company spokesman.

These compliance products are used to identify systems on the network that are misconfigured or that do not have the latest security patches. Control Compliance Suite can perform scans of the network without requiring the installation of "agent" software on the devices being scanned.

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