CUPERTINO, Calif. - Sept. 13, 2005 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced "The Symantec Guide to Home Internet Security," (Addison-Wesley, ISBN 0-321-35641-1, $19.99), published by Symantec Press. Authors Andrew Conry-Murray, technology editor for IT Architect (formerly Network Magazine), and Vincent Weafer, senior director, Symantec Security Response, provide a straightforward, understandable guide to help individuals, families, and small businesses protect themselves from Internet threats and security risks.
Consumers and small businesses face a broad range of risks when they connect to the Internet, including maintaining the privacy of their personal information and their computer's usability and performance. In the guide, users will find simple explanations and helpful illustrations on how to keep their computers free of threats such as spyware, worms, viruses, spam, and intruders. In addition, readers of the book will learn how to use e-mail and browse the Web in ways that safeguard their identity and privacy. Lastly, the book also offers steps to keep children safe from online predators and how to filter unwanted content such as pornography.
"Today more and more computer users conduct sensitive transactions via e-mail and the Internet, including online banking, stock trading, e-commerce purchasing, personal accounts management, or just sharing photos with friends and relatives," said Conry-Murray. "While the Internet makes such activities more convenient, it also exposes users to security risks and threats. These threats, which are frequently driven by profit-motivated criminals and online predators, pose daunting new challenges for everyone who uses the Internet."
"The Internet opens huge opportunities for communication, sharing information, along with commerce and learning, but it also brings along significant risks," said Weafer. "We want to offer users easy, step-by-step explanations and recommendations that will allow both individuals and small businesses to navigate safely and securely, armed with the knowledge and technology needed to prevent them from possibly becoming victims of cyber crime."
According to a recent study released by the Small Business Technology Institute in conjunction with Symantec, 56% of small businesses with 50 to 100 employees have experienced at least one security incident in the past year with their computer networks. Only 20% of small businesses have yet to implement virus scanning for their e-mail, and only 40% of small businesses using wireless access have implemented encryption technology.
"The Symantec Guide to Home Internet Security" is the fourth book published by Symantec Press, the publishing arm developed by Symantec in collaboration with Addison-Wesley Professional that features books focused on critical and valuable information security topics. Purchasing information for the book and additional information on other books scheduled to be published by Symantec Press can be found at www.ses.symantec.com/symantecpress. The book is also available on www.awprofessional.com and www.amazon.com, along with mass retail chains and bookstores.
About the Authors
Vincent Weafer is senior director of Symantec Security Response, where he leads the company's global research center teams and their efforts to uncover and investigate new computer threats and provide consumers, small businesses and large enterprises the most trusted and fastest response to today's blended security threats. Weafer has over 20 years experience in the information technology industry, and is one of Symantec's main spokespersons on Internet security threats and trends. He regularly provides expert commentary to leading media outlets such as CBS, ABC, NBC and CNN, among others. He also has given presentations and appeared at many international conferences on security threats and trends, such as has the European Institute for Computer AntiVirus Research (EICAR), Virus Bulletin, Anti-virus Asia Researchers (AVAR), and the Conference of the Australian National Computer Emergency Response Team (AUSCERT).
Andrew Conry-Murray is the technology editor for IT Architect (formerly Network Magazine) and has specialized in reporting and writing about Internet security since 2000. His work has also appeared in Internet Week and Network Computing magazines and he has presented at technology and security forums venues such as the Computer Security Institute's Security Conference.
About Addison-Wesley Professional
Addison-Wesley Professional is the leading publisher of high-quality and timely information for programmers, developers, and system administrators. The company's mission is to provide educational materials concerning new technologies and new approaches to current technologies written by leading authorities. Addison-Wesley Professional is a division of Pearson Education, the global leader in integrated education publishing. Pearson Education is part of Pearson plc (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. Visit us at www.awprofessional.com.
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