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John_Brigden | 27 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

Imagine half the value of your business being buried out of sight; or that value residing on the devices your employees took home at night, possibly to be lost or damaged. It’s a sobering thought—and one that’s all too real in today’s digital world.

According to the Symantec 2012 State of Information Report, almost half (46 percent) of an organisation’s information is being stored outside of its own data centre on devices beyond the corporate firewall. That could be anything from confidential customer information and sales opportunities, to crucial emails and financial reports. This ‘information sprawl’ is like setting a match to your business.

In the report, information sprawl was identified as the...

Symantec Corp. | 20 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

By Sanjay Sawhney, Senior Director of Research at Symantec Research Labs

The technology landscape is rapidly changing into a more mobile and cloud-based world.  And in this world, the end user and servers (services provided to the end user) are ‘virtual’ or decoupled from devices, physical machines and networks.

However, there are a few constants:

  • The user and server have to share a single root of trust with one another (mutual authentication)
  • The data and sharing of the data drives a lot of the end user experience; not the device or the application
  • In this evolving technology landscape, who does what  with any piece of data is the most important aspect of providing security
  • Harnessing the humongous data...
Steve Cullen | 15 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

There’s a lot of talk about cloud security be it (1) security for the cloud, which protects your cloud initiatives such as data stored in the cloud or (2) security from the cloud, also known as security-as-a-service (SecaaS), which uses the cloud to deliver some aspect of protection, like messaging, anti-virus or web security. Though proven and effective, many SMBs overlook SecaaS because the cloud still feels like an unknown for many, and we naturally fear what we don’t understand.

Today, SMBs can’t afford to be dismissive when it comes to security. The harsh reality is SMBs have never been targeted with attacks like they are now. In the first half of 2012,...

Kevin Isaac | 13 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

In a previous blog post I discussed the increased security threats targeting the oil/energy sector.  This changing security threat got me thinking about an organizations’ overall risk posture and the CIOs willingness to accept a certain level of risk – whether it is from malware or a system outage or from an employee who lost a company laptop at the airport.  This week I am attending Symantec’s Vision conference in Barcelona, and during my conversations with CIOs I realize that they have one of the toughest jobs in the world right now.  CIOs have to understand all of the IT risks and then define the...

Dean Gonsowski | 12 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

Symantec’s first State of Information report examined how organizations are dealing with information today, in light of significant changes in the data center. Symantec’s Digital Information Index sheds light on where information is being stored today, as well as some of the challenges that businesses are dealing with as a result of this transition in the way we store and access our information.

Information is moving from traditional storage in data centers to devices outside of the corporate firewall. This new category of unorganized, duplicative information is referred to as “information sprawl.” Symantec’s Digital Information Index provides a barometer for information sprawl in different...

khaley | 08 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

With this year quickly coming to an end, it’s time for us at Symantec to publish our predictions on what we expect will happen in the world of cybersecurity for the coming year.

Most of us at Symantec tend to be fact-based, data-driven individuals. However, predicting the future always involves a bit of speculation. To derive our predictions for 2013, we began by talking to hundreds of security experts at Symantec to gather their thoughts and ideas. Then, we peer-reviewed these ideas, argued a lot, and boiled it all down to a handful of predictions that we felt would provide real insight into where we believe the threat landscape is going.

While these predictions are based on what we see today, they also reflect where we think things are going based on our years of...

Cecily Joseph | 29 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Symantec CEO Steve Bennett to talk about Symantec’s approach to corporate responsibility. In the course of the conversation, he discussed what he believes responsibility means at Symantec, some of the company’s recent accomplishments, and the challenges to be tackled in the coming year. You can read more about Symantec's approach in our 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Symantec Corp. | 29 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

By Rob Greer, Vice President & General Manager, Enterprise Mobility, Symantec

Over the last few years, we’ve seen an increase in the number of new mobile operating systems. The latest example is Microsoft’s announcement today of the availability of Windows Phone 8. At Symantec, we work to ensure that our customers are able to protect and manage their data, apps, devices and users on all mobile platforms. As such, we’re pleased to announce that Symantec Mobile Management Suite – a single solution that covers mobile device management, mobile application management, and mobile security – now provides support for the new Windows Phone 8 platform.

As users start to access corporate email and other resources with their new Windows Phone 8 devices, businesses will need to protect these activities. The mobile device management component of the suite,...

Symantec Corp. | 22 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

By John Eldh, vice president, channel sales, Americas, Symantec 

Last month, we held our annual Partner Engage conference in Baltimore – my first as the new Symantec Channel Chief – and coming away from that event I am filled with a real sense of excitement about the opportunities, insight and experiences we shared there. As you all know, Symantec is in a state of evolution -- transforming, refining and improving products, services and processes that can make a difference to partners and their customers. Steve Bennett, our new CEO, spoke at the event and outlined a strategy we are calling ‘Symantec 4.0’ that will be marked by tremendous new opportunities for our partners. I’ve been with Symantec for eight years – they’ve all been great years...

khaley | 16 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

By visiting which type of website are you more likely to get infected with malware?  A religious site or an adult site?  I’ve been asking that question to computer security professionals for almost a year now.  If you’ve read the Internet Security Threat report version 17 you know the answer. It’s religious sites.  We discovered that a higher percentage of religious sites have been hacked into and loaded up with malware by the bad guys than adult sites.  

I like to quiz people on this one, because it doesn’t meet expectations.  Some people sense a set up in the question, but most answer that you’re more likely to get infected on a adult website.  The real message I try to leave behind with...