The purpose of the Rapid Release virus definitions is to make the newest definitions available quickly.
Use Rapid Release virus definitions when a new threat may be spreading on your network.
Rapid Release virus definitions undergo only basic quality assurance testing.
When you use a file to update a SEPM, the SEPM updates its managed clients.
There are five kinds of content that are distributed in files: The certified definitions file updates the virus and spyware definitions on the SEPM.
These definitions have been through rigorous Quality Assurance (QA) testing and are recommended for regular use.
About Rapid Release virus definitions Several times a day, Symantec Security Response compiles all new detections into a new Rapid Release virus file.
Rapid Release definitions are most useful as a means of stopping fast-spreading threat outbreaks.
Several times each weekday, all new detections added as Rapid Release definitions go through the complete QA process, including testing for false positives and testing for full compatibility with Symantec Endpoint Protection.
Once these definitions pass the full QA process, they are posted as Certified Live Update definitions.
Use certified virus definition, Network-Based Protection, or Behavior-Based Protection files to update content on the SEPM when the SEPM cannot access either the internet or a Live Update Administrator (LUA) server.
Use Rapid Release files in outbreak scenarios to combat new threats.