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Information Unleashed

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Kevin Haley | 01 Apr 2014 | 0 comments

At one point, it seemed like we might never be able to stop counting. It was January and we had begun to collect data on breaches from the previous year. Up to that point, it had been an unexceptional year, as far as breaches go, with numbers in line with previous years. And then the reports of breaches from the end of 2013 started coming in. When we were finally able to stop counting, the results, as published today in the Internet Security Threat Report, were stunning. More than 552 million identities had been exposed. And the average number exposed in each breach was 4 times greater than in 2012. 2013 was the year of the “Mega Breach.”

Of course, other things happened in 2013 and we report on them, as well. For instance, targeted attacks grew 91 percent. Another big number. But it’s the numbers behind this number that are even more interesting. These attacks became slow and low as attackers increased the number of...

Symantec Corp. | 19 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

By Garrett Jones, Vice President of Global Channel Operations

I had a great time at last week’s Symantec Partner Engage event in Budapest visiting with more than 300 of our top partners from across the EMEA region.  In addition to sharing more about our company’s strategy and vision, it was also exciting to share the details around our redesigned Partner Program framework.  Built on Symantec’s Global Channel Strategy announced in November, the new Partner Program will better support the way our partners do business by fostering stronger partnerships that enable growth and delivering differentiated value to our customers. 

As we consider the breadth of our portfolio, we need partners who are focused on each type of customer across all levels of complexity.  We need partners that understand and can solve the needs of an SMB just as much as we need partners with deep relationships in the enterprise space to help with more complex solutions....

Steve Bennett CEO | 14 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

As many of you may recall, we made a significant addition to our mission last year... adding corporate responsibility leadership to our overall goals because it's an integral part of our overall business success... it's about "doing well and doing good."

This week, we're making Symantec history by sending off the first employee team as part of our Symantec Service Corps.

The Corporate Responsibility team offered all employees the opportunity to apply to join the Service Corps in their inaugural mission to Arequipa, Peru. The team received an amazing 205 applications and from those, 10 employees were chosen to spend a month working with a non-profit organization or academic institution. Team members were chosen based on their applications, manager and HR business partner consultations, and alignment with non-profit needs.

Our...

khaley | 04 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

In my predictions for 2014, I renamed the Internet of Things as the “Internet of Vulnerabilities.” It’s not my intention to demonize the Internet of Things. We are going to see some amazing technology and real-world solutions brought forth by having so many devices attached to the Internet and it's exciting. But like many new technology trends before it, the implementation of the Internet of Things is rushing forward much faster than security issues are being thought through and addressed.

This is the nature of new trends - security is usually an afterthought. Companies are pushing forward quickly, trying to establish a market. They are thinking of how to meet customer needs, not their security. And no consumer buys into these new ideas because they are secure. They buy into them because they are new ideas.  

So, in a well-known pattern, hardware and software will flood the market with no thought to security. It will take a major security incident involving...

khaley | 04 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

Pulse

Weight

Time slept

Steps taken

Glucose levels

Blood pressure

Exposure to sunlight

Time spent brushing your teeth

Pretty soon, the information above is going to be floating around the Internet. By that, I mean your information. Your pulse rate, your weight, etc. As the Internet of Things combines with the tremendous advances in hardware to allow us to gather and track information about ourselves, this data will get out there. We’ll gladly buy devices that track this information; some of us already have. People want to improve their lives by having this data collected and analyzed. And in order to facilitate that collection, to make it easy to gather and display, we’ll be entrusting that data to software applications, device manufacturers and the Internet. 

It’s obvious that companies will want to use this data. I can imagine an ad popping up in my browser for a sleeping aid after I’ve...

Steve Bennett CEO | 03 Jan 2014 | 6 comments

At Symantec, we make the world a safer place by helping people, businesses, and governments protect and manage their information, so they can focus on achieving their goals.

And protecting information is becoming an ever-greater challenge as the amount dramatically increases and it’s stored in a growing number of locations.

The flood of information is just starting: IDC in its Digital Universe study predicts that there will be 40 Zettabytes of data by 2020. As a comparison, there are only 1.3 Zetta liters of water stored in all of the earth’s oceans. There will be only 1.5 Zetta seconds that tick by during the course of 50 billion years. We are creating and storing an incomprehensible amount...

Symantec Corp. | 20 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

Ten Reasons Symantec is Saying Thanks to 2013

Symantec Corp. | 17 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

By Darren Shou, Director of Symantec Research Labs

Did you know that Symantec supports and funds innovative research that occurs outside of a Symantec office in an academic setting? We’ve been doing this for the past six years via the Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship. This Fellowship is awarded to graduate students who are conducting innovative research that has real-world value, in the areas of information security and storage systems. This week, Symantec announced the recipients of the 2013 Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship – Kai Ren, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, and Christian Rossow, a postdoctoral researcher at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in The Netherlands and Ruhr University Bochum in Germany.

The 2013 Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship Recipients
Kai Ren, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science...

Tom Powledge | 05 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

By Tom Powledge, Vice President, Trust Services, Symantec

There's been plenty in the news recently regarding encryption and SSL – which has led some people to wonder how safe the technology really is.  As the leader of Symantec's Trust Services Products & Services organization, I want to assure you that SSL is safe.  Below is some information that may help you understand why, and also inform you about the current state of SSL security.

First, the fundamental key strength of RSA 2048-bit certificates is solid and without question.  Independent cryptography experts have confirmed this, and highly-respected publications such as the MIT Technology Review have published articles on the subject.  As always, organizations that use SSL should make sure they use the strongest algorithms available....

John Eldh | 22 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

Last week at our annual North America Partner Engage event, we pulled back the curtain on Symantec’s new Global Channel Strategy and shared how we are changing the way we go to market. We have committed to delivering more than 5 percent organic revenue growth with operating margins better than 30 percent, and we can’t achieve this goal without our partners. I’d like to take this opportunity to share more details about the new Global Channel Strategy and explain how it represents an important step forward in Symantec’s 4.0 journey.

But first, let me take a brief step back to provide some context around how we got to this point. When Steve Bennett, our CEO, joined Symantec over a year ago, he embarked on a global listening tour where partners, customers and employees voiced a need for Symantec to change. He learned that Symantec had great technology and great people, but we needed to do more to help our customers solve their bigger jobs. In addition,...