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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. 

 

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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...

Roxane Divol | 03 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

As Symantec continues to pursue our vision and looks to lead the way in developing technology for tomorrow, expanding the pool of talent and insuring diversity of perspective is critical to our success. Today, I’m honored to announce that I will serve as champion of Symantec’s Women’s Initiative, a program focused on attracting, engaging, and developing women at Symantec so that we can be more competitive and produce superior business outcomes.

Changing the perception of women in technology

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, “women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy; yet hold less than 25 percent of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs.” While this statistic is U.S.-based, the fact is around the world women are underrepresented in the field of technology. Even more concerning, the enrollment of women in the field of computer science is declining.

Computer science and...

Ashley Savageau | 23 Jan 2014 | 0 comments

In one month, I take off for Peru where I have the chance to join the inaugural Symantec Service Corps on a four-week assignment to support a skills-based project with a local organization.  I am incredibly thankful for this opportunity, and excited and curious about what this experience will bring. I will be immersed in the local culture, meeting new colleagues, and applying the skills I have developed at Symantec to support vital programs in the local community. 

I have no doubt it will be an incredible and unforgettable experience.

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As part of the team developing the Service Corps program, I’d like to provide a bit of background on the program for those who might not be familiar with it, as well as details on the organizations our teams will be working with.

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Lenny Alugas | 20 Jan 2014 | 0 comments

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Today – January 20, 2014 – is the MLK Day of Service, a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It asks Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. It’s the only US federal holiday observed as a national day of service.

Dr. Martin Luther King was also, of course, a prominent leader in the U.S. African-American civil rights movement, and originally the holiday was instituted in 1983 – after a long struggle – to commemorate his contributions to this movement.

As the executive champion for Symantec’s Black...

Amanda Davis | 14 Jan 2014 | 0 comments

We are proud to announce that Symantec have been accepted as Applicant Members of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC).

Symantec is committed to protecting people and information, independent of device, platform or location. We consider the security of information central to corporate responsibility in this digital age of increased exposure, and are excited about EICC membership and fully support the EICC vision and goals:

Vision:  Through the application of high standards we can create better social, economic and environmental outcomes for all those involved in the Electronics and ICT supply chains. This includes increased efficiency and productivity for customers and suppliers, improved conditions for workers, economic development and a cleaner environment for local communities.  

Mission:  To deliver...

lora_phillips | 07 Jan 2014 | 0 comments

2013 was an eventful and exciting year here at Symantec, much of which we’ve documented using this space. While we’re all hard at work planning for our Fiscal Year 2015, which begins in April, January presents us with a great time to pause and look back at all the great things we’ve featured on the blog in 2013.

As the administrator of this space, I’m always amazed by the great stories our guest authors share. Here, a few of my favorites from 2013:

  1. In March, we were named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the sixth year in a row. While the company always holds this designation in great regard, this year Scott Taylor, our Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, used this space to talk about what it really means to be an ethical company on a day-to-day basis at Symantec, and why the designation is meaningful.
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John McGoun | 17 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

Last week the world celebrated International Human Rights Day. In honor of this we’re featuring a series on how Symantec promotes the rights of all people, through various diversity efforts and initiatives. Our first post announced Symantec’s perfect score of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the sixth consecutive year. Today we discuss Symantec’s pledge to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP) and what this means for women’s rights at Symantec and across the world.

 

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Gary Phillips | 10 Dec 2013 | 1 comment

By Pat Padilla and Gary Phillips, Co-Champions of SymPride.

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced yesterday that Symantec achieved a perfect score of 100 in its Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the sixth consecutive year. HRC also recognized Symantec for being one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” The coveted distinction acknowledges Symantec’s leadership and commitment to equality, and represents the many efforts dedicated to assuring Symantec is a great place to work.

HRC is the nation’s largest civil rights organization working for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. It uses the...