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lora_phillips | 31 Jul 2014 | 0 comments

From Fortune to The Boston Globe to top sustainability media site Triple Pundit, over the past month, Symantec has been highlighted in various prominent media outlets and reports for our corporate responsibility programs and efforts. Below we bring you highlights of a few of these, which cover a range of issues core to our CR strategy including gender diversity, cyber security skills training, and corporate volunteering.

Fortune features launch of the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3)

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On June 24, 2014, Symantec officially launched its new signature initiative, the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3), at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Denver, CO. SC3 aims to address the global workforce gap in cybersecurity by training and certifying young adults in cybersecurity and assisting...

Claire Blades | 29 Jul 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 of the CR in Action blog – the Sustainability Spotlight - that profiles employees and their contribution to Symantec’s CR and sustainability efforts. Some are members of...

Jaime Barclay | 23 Jul 2014 | 0 comments

This month marks the launch of the new environmental lecture series at Symantec, Green Talks. These lectures will provide an opportunity for Symantec employees to learn about external environmental initiatives related to Symantec’s environmental strategy and how Symantec is working to support these initiatives within the company.

The Green Talks will take place quarterly, onsite at our headquarters in Mountain View, and will alternate topics within Symantec’s environmental strategy:

Ashley Savageau | 18 Jul 2014 | 0 comments

“We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.”

Nelson Mandela

Can you spare 67 minutes of your time helping others?

That is the question posed by International Mandela Day, a day of celebration honoring the many ways Nelson Mandela gave back to his community and world. Created in 2009 and celebrated each year on July 18th, the former South African President’s birthday, the day asks that everyone give 67 minutes of their time in service to others, signifying the 67-plus years that the former South African President spent dedicated to promoting a culture of peace and freedom, and helping our world in so many ways.

Across Symantec, we are ...

Anthony Barkley | 09 Jul 2014 | 0 comments

According to Symantec’s 2013 Norton Report, the total global direct cost of cybercrime (US$113 billion; up from $110 billion) and the average cost per victim of cybercrime ($298; up from $197) increased in 2013. Additionally, a 2013 study by Hewlett-Packard states that the average cost of a cyberattack on a U.S. company is $591,780 -- and this is only increasing.  

The fact is, we are becoming more mobile, more open to cyberthreats and at the same time, cybercriminals are becoming more savvy, and harder to track. To combat this, businesses (both IT security companies such as Symantec, and our customers) are increasingly turning to Cyber War Games in the hopes that they can train their employees to stay one step ahead...

Symantec Corporate Responsibility | 07 Jul 2014 | 0 comments

With cyber crime on the rise and data breaches hitting an all-time high in 2013, companies need more help than ever in protecting both their own and their customers’ data, which is reflected in the estimated 300,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs advertised in the United States right now. Meanwhile, nearly 16 percent of Americans aged 18-29 are unemployed—more than twice the national rate.

Marian Merritt, Director of Cyber Education and Online Safety Programs, sat down with us recently to discuss how the new Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3) will help close this talent gap.

 

Q. What are some of the factors perpetuating the shortage of cyber security professionals?

A lack of clarity and standardization. Historically, there haven’t been good definitions of what “cyber security” encompasses or what it takes to be successful...

Symantec Corporate Responsibility | 07 Jul 2014 | 0 comments

In August of this year, the first cohort of the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3) initiative will begin comprehensive cyber security training. This training will be conducted simultaneously by two non-profit organizations: NPower and Year Up.

NPower

NPower, headquartered in Brooklyn, is a nonprofit that mobilizes the tech community and provides individuals, nonprofits, and schools access and opportunity to build tech skills and achieve their potential. NPower has provided six-month technology and professional skills training programs for young adults in New York City for 12 years.

Symantec employees have been involved with NPower for several...

Symantec Corporate Responsibility | 07 Jul 2014 | 1 comment

“This has been a priority for us because six years after the financial crash, many young people are still struggling. In fact, one of the most terrifying statistics is that nearly six million young Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 are out of school and out of work, and for those who don't get a college education or even high school, most doors just won't open no matter how hard they knock. We want to get to work and it's one of the highest priorities for CGI America and I'm delighted that there is so much interest because ultimately it's about more than paychecks.” – Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator

 

The launch of a new initiative: the SC3

On June 24, 2014, Symantec officially launched its new signature initiative, the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3), at the ...

Chris Abess | 03 Jul 2014 | 0 comments

On Earth Day this year, we launched the One Mug, One Planetcampaign to help reduce waste across our operations and encourage all employees to think about the impacts they make both inside and outside the office. Additionally, the campaign supports our corporate-wide goal to reduce paper cup usage by 15%, and to achieve 80% waste diversion at all of our audited sites.

Our goal for the “One Mug, One Planet” campaign is 1,000 pledges signed across Symantec, and 10% of employees at sites that have opted in to join this campaign.

The campaign has been a huge success and since our launch we’ve received 823 pledges from multiple countries across the world, including the United...

Robin Carl | 01 Jul 2014 | 0 comments

This week we bring you a two-part series highlighting activities across our Green Teams. These are just a snapshot of the numerous activities our Green Teams are contributing to every day ranging from volunteering in local communities to spearheading campus-wide sustainability efforts.

Today we begin with a post on our Springfield office’s recent award for sustainable commuting. Following we will bring you an update on the Green Team’s One Mug, One Planet campaign. 

 

Last month, over 200 Symantec employees at our Springfield office participated in the region’s annual Business Commute Challenge (BCC), and helped our office win in the category for the largest sized companies!

The BCC is an annual week-long, friendly competition...