Symantec merges enterprise IDS products

New version of Critical System Protection software will absorb Symantec's current Host IDS product.

Joris Evers Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Joris Evers covers security.
Joris Evers
Symantec by year's end plans to ship Symantec Critical System Protection 5.0, a new version of its enterprise intrusion prevention software for servers and clients. The updated product adds Symantec's current Host IDS product to the Critical System Protection software, Chirantan Desai, director of product management at Symantec, said Friday.

Symantec introduced Critical System Protection in June as version 4.5. The product stems from the company's acquisition of IDS vendor Platform Logic a year ago. Critical System Protection competes with products including Cisco Systems' Cisco Security Agent and McAfee's Entercept. The updated Symantec product will cost $995 per agent on a server and $69 per desktop, volume discounts are offered, Symantec said.