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Symantec Corporate Responsibility | 17 Nov 2014 | 0 comments

At the 15th Annual Powered by EF Awards, Symantec was named Company of the Year. This is the second time that we have been honored with this award and it clearly demonstrates that we are on the right track as we continually enhance our corporate responsibility objectives. 

The video below highlights Symantec's impact in the communities where our employees live and work:

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The Entrepreneur’s Foundation of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation is a non-profit organization that works towards bridging the gap between the corporate...

Marian Merritt | 11 Nov 2014 | 0 comments

In October 2014, Symantec released its FY14 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report reflecting our deep commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, reducing our environmental impact, and investing in positive social impact around the globe. Over the next month, we will share a few CR program highlights. Today we take a look at our signature program, the Symantec Cybersecurity Career Connection (SC3).

If you speak with hiring managers at many mid-to-large sized organizations, they will tell you that cybersecurity jobs are some of the most difficult positions to fill. According to a recent cybersecurity report it is estimated that in 2014 there were one million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally. 1 And the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the information security analyst field to grow by 37 percent by 2022, which is much faster than...

Symantec Corporate Responsibility | 07 Nov 2014 | 0 comments

By Alicia Pereira Pimentel: Social Business Strategist, Allyson Gomez: HR Project Specialist, Chris Brown: Senior Principal IT Application Specialist, Claire Dean: Senior Director of Global Segment Marketing, Craig Chan: Senior Principal Price & License Spec, Kamal LaBreche: Commercial Sales Engineer, Marq Bauman: Senior Principal IT Business Analyst, and Prakash Pereppadan Pappachan: Manager Customer Support

In February 2014, we flew from the four corners of the world and landed in Arequipa, Peru with a common goal. The ten of us were selected among 200 applicants to be part of a unique pilot program called the Symantec Service Corps (SSC), where we...

Symantec Corporate Responsibility | 04 Nov 2014 | 0 comments

“Diversity drives innovation – when we limit who can contribute, we in turn limit what problems we can solve.”  ~ Telle Whitney, President & CEO of Anita Borg Institute

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Grace Hopper Conference 2014

On October 8th, 7500 women and 500 men came together in Phoenix, Arizona for a three day celebration. The Grace Hopper Conference (GHC) presented by theAnita Borg Institute in partnership with the Association of Computing Machinery, is the largest gathering of women technologists in the world and is dedicated to celebrating women in computing. The three day conference is designed to empower women technologists by providing a...

Symantec Corporate Responsibility | 30 Oct 2014 | 0 comments

With the advent of the internet, bullying has taken on a new, more invasive form. Cyberbullying, in which a young person uses technology to intentionally intimidate or embarrass another person or group, is a worldwide issue. In a global survey polling 18,000 people in 24 countries, 77% stated that cyberbullying is a unique form of harassment and needs special attention. Unlike traditional bullying, cyberbullying can happen anywhere and can be anonymous, making it difficult to control.  

In that same survey, Australia ranked as the worst place for cyberbullying, with 9 out of 10 parents reporting that their child or another member in their community had been a victim of cyberbullying.

Symantec strives to provide educational resources, online tools, and ...

Simon Moor | 28 Oct 2014 | 0 comments

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As an organization, Symantec’s Corporate Responsibility initiatives have captured attention for our commitment and impressive work in our global communities and it is rewarding to be part of an organization that prides itself in its commitment beyond business objectives. While our work on the global stage is a massive achievement, we also do really wonderful work here in the EMEA region – and that is what we want to bring attention to today.

On October 23rd the Old Basing Royal British Legion Corps of Drums, an iconic marching band, drummed through the Symantec buildings for the opening of the EMEA CR Awareness event. It was a celebratory event where we brought together our Corporate Responsibility...

Michael A. Brown | 22 Oct 2014 | 1 comment

My leadership team and I are committed to making Symantec a company that gives employees challenging and interesting work, invests in their growth, and provides them with opportunities to build long-term careers. One way we can do this is through our work in Corporate Responsibility (CR) -- an effort that not only impacts the world in which we live, but has been proven to help employee morale, enhance the brand, help attract top tier talent, and deepen the connection with our customers. I see our Corporate Responsibility program as an investment in our employees, building a diverse and inclusive workplace, reducing our environmental impact, and supporting philanthropic projects around the globe.

I’ve heard countless stories from employees about how we’re weaving our passion for corporate responsibility into the fabric of Symantec. From reading Postcards from Peru, where our employees shared their experiences...

Symantec Corporate Responsibility | 21 Oct 2014 | 1 comment

Over 90,000 people in the United States have filed complaints about scammers posing to be from the IRS and demanding that they pay taxes. It is estimated that these scams have cost taxpayers millions of dollars. As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, SymantecTV and the IRS released a new video today about the phony IRS phone and email scams and how to avoid falling victim to them. Anser Hassan talks to Raphael Tulino from IRS about how the IRS communicates when they need to reach you and how that differs with the scammers approach. Watch the video to find out what the scams look like and how to report them.

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Symantec Corporate Responsibility | 16 Oct 2014 | 0 comments

From climate change to cyber security to employee diversity, corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability touches every aspect of Symantec’s business. We’ve defined our strategy and are continually working towards our goals to operate as a responsible global citizen. In addition to our dedicated global corporate responsibility team, every day Symantec employees across the world are helping us deliver on this, creating value for both our business and our stakeholders.

We are happy to bring you an ongoing feature – the Sustainability Spotlight - that will profile employees and their contribution to Symantec’s CR and sustainability efforts. Some are members of our CR team, others contribute through our Green Teams or volunteering, some have seen an opportunity and developed programs...

Marian Merritt | 14 Oct 2014 | 0 comments

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We can all agree that children need to be taught best practices on how to use the Internet and technology. There are many common pitfalls, and we want children to learn how to steer clear of those problems. Just as important, we want them to be kind and respectful in their online interactions, to guard their privacy and their reputation, and learn to be good digital citizens. Too often, the responsibility for this education falls in the hands of parents, who may not have the background or information to handle this effort. Some schools have added lessons and assemblies about online safety and digital citizenship into their curriculum, but still many others have not.

Symantec employees believe that our school-age children deserve to be taught these lessons and that they should be designed in a way that is appropriate for their age and their maturity level. To assist in...