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Monica Ipong | 07 Aug 2014 | 0 comments

Similar to Symantec's Volunteer of the Quarter initiative, which highlights and rewards employees who dedicate their time and talents to those in need, our University Relations Team hosts an Intern Volunteer Week Competition, July 19th through July 27th. Symantec strongly encourages employees to volunteer in their local communities, providing volunteer resources and opportunities. We believe that involved, engaged employees are happier and more satisfied, and that communities in which Symantec is located will be healthier and more vibrant because of our presence.

During Intern Volunteer Week, interns took on the challenge and volunteered over 100 hours...

Cecily Joseph | 05 Aug 2014 | 0 comments

Climate change has continued to become a central focus of business leaders worldwide.  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its proposed new emissions target for power plants, calling on emissions reductions of 30% (from 2005 levels) by 2030. US President Obama emphasized the reality and importance of climate change in his State of the Union address. And a recent report Risky Business highlights climate change risks for businesses, as well as the costs faced if we continue with business as usual. The report, authored by Former U.S. Treasury Secretary and Goldman Sachs CEO Hank Paulson, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and hedge-fund manager/philanthropist Thomas Steyer states “our findings show that, if we continue on our current path, many regions of the US face the prospect of serious economic...

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)


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, 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 ...