With small and midsized business downtime running, conservatively, around $15,000 a day, the bet is that investment in soup-to-nuts security, protection, recovery services (along with other SaaS offerings as add-ons) will find a ready market, even in sluggish or uncertain economic times.
Symantec's expanded approach, integrating technologies and tools acquired when it bought MessageLabs a couple of years ago, due for release this summer, will offer tiers including, at the top of the line:
Endpoint: anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, intrusion prevention, device and app control
Messaging: e-mail and IM virus, spam, phishing, botnet and spyware protection
Backup and Recovery: desktop, laptop, server backup and recovery
The Protection Suite Advanced Business Edition provides the full array, priced at $67.58 (annual) per seat for 50 seats.
The Small Business Edition offers desktop backup and recovery, anti-virus, spam and phishing protection for 25 seats at $42.98 per seat.
The barer bones Small Business edition (10 seats at $34.99 per seat)covers anti-virus and basic threat protection needs.