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Matt Cain | 02 Oct 2014 | 0 comments

1655 Trans - shadow.jpgIT is evolving at an accelerated pace today, thanks in large part to virtualization, cloud computing and big data. While these trends can lower costs and increase efficiency, they are too often delivered via point products that offer only marginal improvements to the traditional approach.

Take Data Domain as an example. It tackles the data volume problem with just deduplication (an infrastructure-centric approach), but misses the larger, more strategic opportunity to simplify and interpret the information (a broader management approach).

Customers have told us they derive more value from managing their information than from managing their infrastructure. We took that input and pioneered a new approach, delivering the integrated, purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) that combined the intelligence of...

MichaelBrown.jpegMOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – PRESS RELEASE September 25, 2014 – The Board of Directors of Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced the appointment of Michael A. Brown as the company’s CEO, effective immediately.  Mr. Brown has been serving as interim president and CEO since March 2014.

On behalf of Symantec’s Board, Chairman Dan Schulman said, “I am thrilled that after conducting a broad and thorough search, the Board has unanimously chosen Mike to lead Symantec into the future.  As interim CEO, Mike brought energy and intensity to the organization that created momentum in the business, made significant improvements to Symantec’s operating and financial performance and brought additional talent to our industry-leading team....

Nadia_Kovacs | 23 Sep 2014 | 0 comments

Software-Defined Networking (SDN), and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) are two relatively new technologies that have been creating buzz in the Telco industry as of late. Currently, most telcos have been using older, proprietary software and hardware, and the advent of SDN and NFV allows them to move away from these systems, offering them new options to build, design and operate new networks as a more cost effective and flexible alternative.

Doward Wilkinson, Distinguished Systems Engineer at Symantec, recently discussed with telecomasia.net how the implementation of SDN and NFV can create new security challenges for communications service providers (CSPs).

 

Wilkinson shares some more insight into why this is such a popular...

FranRosch | 18 Aug 2014 | 0 comments

The headlines are all too familiar: “Retail Giant Reports Massive Data Breach,” “Russian Gang Amasses Billions of Web Credentials.” Despite the increase in threats, we are moving more and more of our lives on line: from sensitive health and financial data, to precious photos and daily shopping. To complicate matters, our digital lives don’t just reside on a desktop but on multiple devices and platforms. Too many of us remain vulnerable to advanced threats. If we want to free ourselves to take full advantage of our amazing digital, interconnected world, we need to secure ourselves.

With that in mind, we at Norton are making significant changes to simplify and strengthen our portfolio of security products. We are making it easier to select and buy the security products you need, and download and maintain them. As cybercriminals and the attacks they launch become more sophisticated, we’re strengthening our advanced threat protection technologies and improving performance across...

Sheila Jordan | 14 Aug 2014 | 0 comments

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Those of you who follow Symantec know that we announced our FY15 first quarter earnings last week, delivering solid results with revenue, non-GAAP operating margin and earnings per share above guidance. This steady progress was driven by productivity improvements in both our new business and renewals team. In particular, our federal and renewals teams both delivered one of their best quarters ever.

So, why is this an important topic for IT? It is significant because IT plays an important role in improving product renewals and customer retention for Symantec. It has always been my philosophy that IT should drive increased business productivity and efficiencies, delivering services that help a business grow. At Symantec, that includes improving renewals and retention. 

There are several areas where we are making significant enhancements – they include:

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Benjamin Wang | 13 Aug 2014 | 0 comments

Good news! Google’s new search ranking algorithm will look more favorably on websites that use HTTPS by default. The search giant hopes the move will encourage businesses to implement HTTPS encryption. It will be a win for both websites and users, as secure websites will appear higher in Google’s search results while users’ information will be better protected from Wi-Fi network-sniffing attacks.

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According to Google, the company is starting to use HTTPS as a “very lightweight” ranking signal for its search engine. While this signal has only affected less than 1% of global queries, Google may give more weight to...

Roxane Divol | 06 Aug 2014 | 0 comments

allseenalliance.pngI’m pleased to announce that Symantec has now added its full weight as a Community Member to the AllSeen Alliance open source consortium – the broadest cross-industry effort to address fundamental use cases, in order to hasten the adoption and availability of the Internet of Everything or Internet of Things (IoT).

Why has Symantec decided to join this initiative? Primarily because an open-source  framework, based on AllJoyn, will enable companies and individuals to create interoperable products that can discover, connect and interact directly with other nearby devices, systems and services, regardless of transport layer, device type, platform, operating system or brand. That includes the mobile devices consumers always have with them; the appliances and...

Cecily Joseph | 25 Jun 2014 | 1 comment

Yesterday, at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Denver, United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, along with Symantec Senior Vice President, Aled Miles, launched our signature Corporate Responsibility program - the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3).

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Over the course of 12 months, Symantec worked with a variety of expert stakeholders, including FSG Social Impact Consultants, a steering committee made up of senior executives from a broad array of key Symantec functions (ranging from Government Affairs to Human Resources to our CTO), as well as incorporated feedback from interviews with 36 internal and 31 external stakeholders.

The multi-stage program will help increase the number and caliber of graduates in cyber careers. SC3 is designed to:...

Matt Cain | 23 Jun 2014 | 1 comment

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Integrated backup appliances did not exist in the minds of many backup administrators four years ago when Symantec brought an innovative approach to the backup appliance world: a customer-focused strategy designed to reduce complexity in the crucial but often confounding world of data protection.

Yet these appliances - integrating scalable backup and recovery software, optimized storage and data deduplication in one easy to install and manage package –soon were winning the hearts of enterprises around the globe. Symantec customers adopted the new form factor in big numbers because they saw it saving them valuablebudget and resources that could be put to more strategic use. In fact, enterprises working with Symantec reported an average 39% reduction in operational expenditures (OpEx)...

Alix Hart | 19 Jun 2014 | 0 comments

Alix_Head_ShotJuly2013_0.jpegI grew up in a lot of nightclubs.  That may sound strange, but as a kid with a jazz musician father and a singer and DJ as a mother, I spent many nights listening to amazing music from the corners of lounges and nightclubs.  And, I figured out along the way that what really got the house rocking wasn’t just how good the music was.  Rather, it was the ability for the musicians to connect with the audience.  That was where magic happened.   For the audience, it’s the difference between enjoying an evening out to hear some music, and creating a moment that will be remembered for years to come, where all the feeling rushes back to the time you were there.

These days, as a marketer, the tools of the trade are more fragmented and multiplied than ever before –...