About using Backup Exec with Symantec Endpoint Protection

You can use Symantec Endpoint Protection version 11.0 or later with Backup Exec to provide extra security when the threat of viruses or malware is high. You can also view Symantec Endpoint Protection security information from the Backup Exec Security Summary. You must install the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager component to use the Security Summary.

Symantec Endpoint Protection uses a ThreatCon level to provide an overall view of global Internet security. Symantec's ThreatCon levels are based on a 1-4 rating system, with level 4 being the highest threat level.

You can find more information about Symantec ThreatCon levels at the following URL:


You can configure Backup Exec to automatically run a backup job when the ThreatCon reaches a level that you specify. You may want to configure special jobs for your most crucial data, for example. This strategy helps make sure that your vital data is safely backed up as soon as global threats are detected.

You should consider the types of jobs that you want to trigger automatically and the potential impact they can have on your system resources. The ThreatCon level is updated frequently and can be raised at any time without warning. If you configure large or resource-intensive jobs to launch automatically, they may interfere with your normal business operations.

The media server must be connected to the Internet to monitor the ThreatCon level. If the media server is not connected to the Internet, backup jobs are not triggered when the ThreatCon level elevates.

See the Administrator's Guide for Symantec Endpoint Protection for more information about Symantec Endpoint Protection.

More Information

Changing the backup network and security options for a job

Creating automatic backup jobs for use with Symantec Endpoint Protection

Setting default backup network and security options

Viewing the Symantec Endpoint Protection Security Summary