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RobertHamilton | 06 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

fren·e·my [fren-uh-mee] noun. Someone who is both friend and enemy, a relationship that is both mutually beneficial or dependent while being competitive, fraught with risk.

When it comes to taking your intellectual property (IP), employees are the less obvious player but they can be frenemy #1. In many cases, these trusted employees are moving, sharing and exposing sensitive data in order to do their daily jobs. In other instances, they are deliberately taking confidential information to use at their next employer. It’s not that these employees are inherently malicious – often they just don’t know it is wrong to do so.

According to a new Symantec survey...

Symantec Corp. | 30 Jan 2013 | 8 comments

 

As a follow-up to a story run by the New York Times on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 announcing they had been the target of a cyber attack, Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) developed the following statement:
 
"Advanced attacks like the ones the New York Times described in the following article, (http://nyti.ms/TZtr5z), underscore how important it is for companies, countries and consumers to make sure they are using the full capability of security solutions. The advanced capabilities in our endpoint offerings, including our unique reputation-based technology and behavior-based blocking, specifically target sophisticated attacks. Turning on only the signature-based anti-virus components of endpoint solutions alone are not enough in a world that is changing daily from attacks and threats. We encourage customers to be very aggressive in deploying solutions that offer a...
Symantec Corp. | 23 Jan 2013 | 14 comments

By Steve Bennett, President and CEO, Symantec

Symantec’s strategy is clear: We want to enable people, businesses and countries to focus their energies and time on achieving their aspirations, instead of being consumed with how to keep their digital lives safe and protected.  This is a story about more focus and better execution by Symantec to make things better and easier for our customers and partners. Our path is straightforward: Offer better products and services tailor made for customers, and make it easier for them to research, shop, buy, use, and get the help and support they need.

There is a huge set of underserved and unmet needs that customers are experiencing with regards to protecting, moving and managing their information on multiple devices. ...

Digital Dave | 15 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

Businesses are adopting new technology at an unprecedented pace, and the cloud is one area where we’re making the most progress. And by now it’s clear that the cloud provides significant advantages to businesses, improving agility and reducing costs. But there is a darker side as well that organizations may overlook – hidden costs of cloud implementation that can negate the benefits if not properly contained.

The 2013 Symantec Avoiding the Hidden Costs of Cloud Survey reveals some of these unanticipated challenges businesses face as they look to take advantage of today’s efficient cloud solutions. The businesses surveyed showed that, compared to a year ago, cloud adoption is seeing significant progress. In fact, 90 percent of them are now at least discussing the cloud, an increase from 75 percent a year before. But at the same, cloud computing presents its own set of challenges, and industry experts anticipate that security issues and outages will...

TrevorD | 09 Jan 2013 | 1 comment

There is little doubt about the value of information to businesses of all sizes. In fact, some of our recent research found that worldwide spending on business information is $1.1 Trillion – enough money to buy an iPad for every worker in the world. Information is the life blood of any organization, and often its biggest asset. While electronically stored information (ESI) is most often an asset, it can also be a liability depending on how much it costs to store, if it is retained indefinitely, and especially if information that is no longer needed is inadvertently distributed outside of the organization.

It is necessary for companies to have an information retention plan to manage this...

Symantec Corp. | 08 Jan 2013 | 3 comments

By Robert Hamilton, Director Product Marketing, Symantec

One of the most damaging events a business can experience is the loss or theft of sensitive information, be it proprietary information about the organization itself of personal details of its customers – either way a data breach can cause millions of dollars in damages. Reducing the risk of data breach is a board-level priority for organizations. Much of the focus has always been on preventing external attacks. But, it’s not just bad people doing bad things that organizations need to worry about. On a daily basis, employees take inadvertent risks while trying to get their jobs done. With the massive growth in tablets and smartphone adoptions, security organizations have struggled with how to better support their businesses in adopting these new technologies, while also maintaining strong protections for their sensitive information.

More than ever, CISOs and security organizations want to be...

khaley | 21 Dec 2012 | 2 comments

Are malware authors becoming more unpleasant? The amount of cyber-crime goes up year after year and 2013 will be no exception. Bad guys will continue to dream up new ways to rip people off.  Sure, we’ll be stolen from, spied on and threatened in 2013. None of this will be new. But there is a new trend that started in 2012 and seeming set to take off in 2013. I call it nastiness.

We didn’t call out this trend in our 2013 predictions. But if you look at those predictions you can see it. I can’t tell you why this is or why it started. This nastiness is happening in targeted attacks and in massive attacks. They are quite separate trends—done for quite different reasons and...

John Eldh | 18 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

With 2013 just around the corner, we felt it important to garner insight from our team on the evolving technology landscape in security, storage, cloud and virtualization – and then determine how this evolution will impact the channel community.  Through discussions with our team of experts, we have identified five key industry trends that prove to be beneficial to partners and provide them with an infinite number of business opportunities in the coming year:

1. Cyber conflict becomes the new normal

In 2013 and beyond, conflicts between nations, organizations, and individuals will play a key role in the cyber world. Espionage can be successful and also easily deniable when conducted online. Nations or organized groups of individuals will continue to use cyber tactics in an attempt to damage or destroy the secure information or funds of its targets as well as impact grids, systems and infrastructure in general.

Additionally, we expect...

MatthewEllard | 12 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

This is part of a four-part series on intellectual property. Other posts in the series may be found at Part one, Part two, Part three.

To conclude our series of blogs on the value of information and IP, we’re going to look at the ways in which information and IP – which has become so valuable to businesses – can be protected.

As the flow of information has shifted beyond the data centre, information management is more important than ever. To minimise information sprawl and its effects on the organisation, businesses can follow a few simple steps:

  • Focus on the information, not the device...
Symantec Corp. | 12 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

By Brian Burch, Vice President of Americas Marketing for SMB at Symantec

Most people agree that small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are a significant source of the innovation that fuels growth, but a lesser recognized fact is the critical role of start-ups in economic recovery. A new report from the Kauffman Foundation indicates that the pace of recovery in hiring and job creation since 2008 is stronger in newer firms – 4 out of every 10 hires at young firms are for newly created jobs.

Supporting small businesses, established and new, in their development and growth is germane to the economy. A major part of small businesses’ success now and in the future will increasingly derive from their business relationships with large corporations. More...