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lora_phillips | 10 Mar 2014 | 0 comments

The Symantec Service Corps (SSC) team has passed the halfway point and is now closing in on their goals. Despite coming together as 10 individuals from different backgrounds, cultures, and skill sets, they have become a strong, cohesive team with a shared passion for making an impact across three important organizations.

Team Symantec: Working and learning together

Work days in Peru are busy, packed with meetings and new challenges. They're also filled with positive energy and a sense of belonging for the SSC, despite being thousands of miles away from their respective homes. The team is not only working in a new country with clients that speak a foreign language, but they are also amongst peers that in many cases, they've only known for a short time.

What differences have they seen in day-to-day work styles?

  • Most collaboration is face-to-face. As part of the SSC program, teams are constantly...

Cecily Joseph | 06 Mar 2014 | 0 comments

International Women’s Day, which is observed this Saturday, March 8, has been celebrated in the United States since 1909. Since that time, women have continually broken new ground in the technology fields – from Elsie Eaves becoming the first female member of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1927, to Stephanie Kwolek inventing Kevlar® in 1965, to Susan Hockfield becoming the first female president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004.

The celebration of International Women’s Day serves as a reminder that we must continuously strive towards full gender equity, particularly in the technology fields.

We are proud of...

Melaney Smith | 04 Mar 2014 | 0 comments

Symantec’s Volunteer of the Quarter initiative highlights and rewards those employees who dedicate their time and talents to those in need. We have a long and proud history of encouraging our employees to volunteer. While the driving force of our efforts is largely altruistic, there is even more to volunteering than giving back to our communities. Volunteering makes our company a better place to work, so employees are helping both Symantec and the organizations they volunteer for. Today we are happy to feature this quarter’s Volunteer of the Quarter – Melaney Smith from our Global Security Organization. Thank you Melaney for all you do!

I spent five years of my childhood living at a children’s home, where my parents lived and worked as “house parents” for one of the cottages there.  Most of the children had been removed from unsafe or...

lora_phillips | 27 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

Entering the second week in Peru, the Symantec Service Corps (SSC) team has settled into their business projects as well as their home for the month, Hotel Casa Di Me Abuela, which translates to "My Grandmother's House."

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While each morning the 10 team members head out to three different locations, they return at the end of the day and sit in the garden outside of their hotel, debriefing on what they learned and establishing a plan for the next day. We're keeping in close contact with them through their blogs, and are compiling weekly updates on their progress. Here's an update from Week Two!

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A taste...

lora_phillips | 19 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

What a whirlwind for the Symantec Service Corps (SSC). The 10-person team started their journey in October with the initial application process. After being accepted into the program in November, they participated in weekly training sessions and invested countless hours of preparation, and now they are officially on the ground in Arequipa, Peru, hard at work.

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To kick things off, the team participated in an orientation session on Saturday, February 15, followed by dinner with Pyxera Global, the non-profit partner helping to facilitate SSC Peru 2014. As a group that arrived from seven different locations—Australia, Mountain View, India, the UK, Canada, Ireland and Springfield...

Kristen Woods | 18 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

Some days it’s what I do outside of my “day job” at Symantec that reminds me why I am proud to be a part of this organization. As many of us who work for Symantec know, the company is not just about the financial bottom line. Symantec also strives to have a wider positive impact on our communities through the company’s philanthropic strategy that contributes primarily to four key focus areas - science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, and equal access to education, diversity, online safety, and environmental responsibility.

My manager, Tom Martin, leads a newly formed organization, created as part of the transformation to our new business strategy, which we call Symantec 4.0. As a leadership team, we wanted to signal to our new organization the value (both personal and professional) of supporting the company's key philanthropic focus areas, and to provide another proof point of the benefits of reaching out beyond our organization.

To do this, I...

Steve Bennett CEO | 14 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

As many of you may recall, we made a significant addition to our mission last year... adding corporate responsibility leadership to our overall goals because it's an integral part of our overall business success... it's about "doing well and doing good."

This week, we're making Symantec history by sending off the first employee team as part of our Symantec Service Corps.

The Corporate Responsibility team offered all employees the opportunity to apply to join the Service Corps in their inaugural mission to Arequipa, Peru. The team received an amazing 205 applications and from those, 10 employees were chosen to spend a month working with a non-profit organization or academic institution. Team members were chosen based on their applications, manager and HR business partner consultations, and alignment with non-profit...

Marian Merritt | 13 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

Earlier this week, we heard about Safer Internet Day from Anne Collier of NetFamilyNews.org. Today, Marian Merritt, Symantec's Director of Cyber Education and Online Safety Programs, shares online safety insights from college students around the country. 

 

Originally a European initiative, this year the recognition of February 11, 2014 as Safer Internet Day (SID) is a global campaign. The theme we are celebrating is, “Let’s create a better internet together.”

This theme got me thinking about the many ways having the Internet helps us. We research, we share our experiences, we find maps and directions, we plan trips – all of this is great. Yet, the technology network that connects us as individuals enables us to experience a...

Anne Collier | 11 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

Today is the launch of Safer Internet Day, an annual awareness campaign promoting safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. In celebration of Safer Internet Day we are featuring a two-part series discussing the importance of this campaign, ways to get involved, and tips for staying safe online. Our first post is from Anne Collier, Editor of NetFamilyNews.org. On Thursday, we’ll hear from Marian Merritt, Symantec’s Director of Cyber Education and Online Safety Programs featuring tips from students on how to stay safe online. 

 

Join ConnectSafely.org, Symantec, and a whole host of US nonprofit organizations (see list below...

Cecily Joseph | 05 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

As we saw at CES this year, the "Internet of Things" is here to stay. With more and more platforms, social networks and search engines monitoring our actions and mining our data, questions around how we manage the ownership and distribution of this data are rising. We only have to look at the targeted ads in our Facebook feed or even consider Google's recent purchase of Nest, a home hardware tech startup, to see that personal data is already a hot commodity. So how do we deal with the challenge of data privacy? And not just the current threats that are out there, how do we prepare for the data breaches we can't even fathom yet? When we look at the rapidly changing world of data privacy and compare that to the skills gap that currently exists with...