Symantec pitches rootkit tech as Veritas validation

Some industry watchers may still question why Symantec moved to acquire storage software maker Veritas for $10.2 billion in 2004, but the fruits of the companies' combined labors are already proving the deal as a winner, according to executives with the massive security firm. As part of a recent media tour aimed at highlighting innovation ongoing within the security giant, Mark F. Bregman, CTO at Symantec, said that the Veritas merger has armed the company with a wealth of strategic opportunities.

While some industry and financial analysts have wondered aloud when Symantec would begin marketing technologies that were borne as a result of the two companies' merger -- the types of products that Symantec Chief Executive John Thompson touted at the time the deal was announced -- Bregman and Stephen Trilling, vice president of research and advanced development at the firm, said that jointly-developed tools are already in customers' hands. The executives said the best example of technologies made possible by the marriage of the vendors isn't a standalone point product as some observers might have expected but instead an application that helps Symantec's existing antivirus products ward off sophisticated rootkit attacks.

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this is not necessarily a bad thing. the term "rootkit" has been given a bad rep and now people scramble to point it out as such. the potential for these rootkits to cause harm, however, is scary.

raskren said,
Let me guess, it detects rootkits by installing its own rootkit....?

From wiki:

A rootkit is a set of software tools intended to conceal running processes, files or system data from the operating system. Rootkits have their origin in relatively benign applications, but in recent years have been used increasingly by malware to help intruders maintain access to systems while avoiding detection. Rootkits exist for a variety of operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows, Linux and Solaris. Rootkits often modify parts of the operating system or install themselves as drivers or kernel modules.

See, "conceal", do you know what that means?

I hate the Norton 360 software but the Symantec Antivirus Corporate software that our school gives us is top notch so I can't really say anything bad about symantec. Good move.

theyarecomingforyou said,
$10.2 billion for some slightly better rootkit technology sounds like good value to me. Good going Symantec!

Like Veritas was going bankruptcy at that time...

I can't stand symantec /norton software (bar old versions of ghost) but rather than kick up more hatred, don't you think it would be sensible to have put 'anti rootkit tech' in the title ?