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MelanieLopez | 11 Feb 2014 | 0 comments
This is the first part of a four-part series covering twelve fundamentals for choosing a managed PKI solution, and questions to ask in the buying process.
When it comes to Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), organizations have two deployment options: 1) they can opt for an in-house on-premise solution, or 2) a cloud-based service (Symantec, GlobalSign, Entrust). There are many benefits to a Managed PKI Service, including faster time to deployment, lower total cost of ownership, and leveraging operational excellence. 
The purpose of this week’s blog post is to make you aware that not all Managed PKI providers are the same. In fact, there are some pretty significant differences between Symantec’s offerings relative to the competition that...
MelanieLopez | 11 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

You may have noticed that VIP Access, the flagship mobile application for Symantec Validation and ID Protection Service (VIP), is now available to download for BlackBerry 10 devices! Download the free app from BlackBerry World.


Symantec VIP Access is a free download available for over 900 mobile device models, including BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Android, and iOS. Symantec VIP enables enterprises to secure access to networks and applications while preventing access by malicious unauthorized attackers. 

Download our free Trialware to test drive Symantec VIP for your company.

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Amit Chakrabarty | 10 Jan 2014 | 2 comments


Hello and welcome to 2014! As we roll in the new year and with our individual list of resolutions make sure we put in protecting identity and securing our data as one of them with a firm commitment to actually carry out this resolution. As you know that 2013 ended with publishing of Snapchat users and their phone numbers. While this made media frenzy headlines, however according to Identity Theft Resource Center, there were total of 619 breaches with 57.87 million records exposed in 2013. As per the latest update, Target has revised their numbers of customers compromised in the data breach to 110 million records.

And the...

MelanieLopez | 19 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

Symantec would like to announce an update of the Managed PKI Service, with enhancements for PKI Manager and PKI Client.

The PKI Manager Dashboard now displays certificate usage by type, allowing administrators to see and compare certificates in use. To assist customers in replacing SHA-1 certificates for SHA-2 certificates, PKI Manager now offers the ability to migrate certificate profiles. Additionally, the PKI Client for end users supports new third-party cryptographic service providers (CSPs), and has added new integration guides.

Summary of New Features

  1. PKI Manager Seat Pool Types
  2. PKI Manager Migration Support to SHA-2
  3. Expanded Support

Feature Highlights

PKI Manager Seat Pool Types

  • In the PKI Manager, administrators will be able to see certificate seat usage by seat pool and sub-seat pool on the Dashboard. For example, users can see the number...
MelanieLopez | 19 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

Symantec would like to announce an update of the Validation and ID Protection Service (VIP), with enhancements for VIP Self Service Portal and VIP Manager.

The VIP Self Service Portal has been redesigned! The portal now has an updated visual design and simplified page for managing your credentials, and an option for organizations to display their logo at the top. In the VIP Manager, new features and settings have been added for further customization and security, including changes to the password requirements. These new features have been automatically updated in the web-based portals, unless otherwise noted. 

Summary of New Features

  1. Self-Service Portal Enhancements
  2. VIP Manager Enhancements
  3. VIP Manager Password Security 

Feature Highlights

Self-Service Portal Enhancements

  • Redesigned VIP Self Service Portal and Registered Credentials page.
  • The Self Service...
Amit Chakrabarty | 04 Dec 2013 | 7 comments
The gory details are in the article. But essentially it is the same story of harvesting passwords using key logging software, very simple. Yet the solution to stop this occurring every time is also really simple - use 2-factor authentication. All reputed websites that got hacked offer this. It is (sort of) simple to use and thwart similar hacks. Even if your username and password is compromised, your 2nd factor is the barrier between the hacker and your assets.
Symantec VIP is a leading cloud based strong authentication solution. We enable strong authenticaiton with One Time Passcode using your phone , voice or SMS. In an age when we carry our cell phones, probably more...
Teresa Law | 18 Oct 2013 | 0 comments

Governments around the world are using this month to educate industry and the public on the importance of cybersecurity.  As part of this year’s observance of Cybersecurity Awareness month, the United States Department of Homeland Security has identified a theme for each week of the month, based on a different cybersecurity issue.  The issue I’d like to focus on is:

Being Mobile: Online Safety and Security - Emphasizes the importance of cybersecurity no matter where you are or what device you are using.

Symantec is committed to helping organizations create a comprehensive and resilient security strategy and mobile security is a key component of that strategy.   The use of mobile devices continues to grow at an amazing rate and a staggering number of organizations now permit employee-owned devices to be used in the workplace.  This...

Spencer Parkinson | 02 Oct 2013 | 0 comments

Information Security™ magazine and recently announced the winners of its 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards, which were selected based on feedback by customers who were asked to assess products deployed within their organizations. We’re excited to announce that Symantec was honored with eight awards – four Gold, two Silver and two Bronze –demonstrating significant representation across our diverse portfolio of market-leading security solutions.

Included below is a complete list of Symantec’s wins, which will be featured in the October edition of Information Security magazine and are highlighted online at

The Information Security magazine and 2013 Readers’ Choice Award winners were selected based on extensive, in-depth discussions and...

Amit Chakrabarty | 27 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

VIP Manager brings in a cool feature called User Groups. This feature enables an enterprise to segment their users into groups and assign credential policies based on user groups. Here is a short video to explain how it is all done. 

This video explains :

  1. How to create User Group on VIP Manager
  2. How to create a group on AD
  3. How to add members to this AD group
  4. How to do an LDAP sync from Enterprise Gateway to populate the User Group created on VIP Manager
  5. How to View and manage User Group on VIP Manager



Amit Chakrabarty | 19 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

Michael Olsen from Symantec VIP team shows on a whiteboard, how to easily integrate Symantec VIP with using ADFS as user store.