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piero_depaoli | 01 Oct 2013 | 1 comment

Every day we’re bombarded with news about the latest data breach. Unfortunately, the headlines we all read confirm findings in Symantec’s recent Internet Security Threat Report: the threat from hackers is not only growing but evolving.  Today’s cybersecurity landscape requires more than antivirus; advanced malware protection requires up-to-date technology with the ability to stop unknown threats. In fact, Symantec’s research showed that 51 percent of threats blocked by Symantec Endpoint Protection were stopped by technologies other than antivirus in 2012. Clearly, AV alone is not enough, and neither is outdated protection.

For customers to truly leverage their full security investment, it’s imperative that they upgrade to the latest, most robust product...

Symantec Corp. | 04 Mar 2014 | 7 comments

The clock is ticking down on Windows XP. Microsoft will end technical assistance for the 12-year-old operating system on April 8 and effectively stop delivering automatic updates and security patches to Windows XP users. Although many consumers, small businesses and even large enterprises have already transitioned to newer and more secure systems, approximately 30 percent of desktop operating systems still run on Windows XP today and could be left vulnerable after April 8. 

At Symantec, we firmly believe running up-to-date security products is a critical step in protecting your enterprise’s information, systems and devices. However, even the best security products can’t fully protect an outdated operating system. XP users will face increased risks after April 8 as cybercriminals try to take advantage of vulnerabilities. 

Symantec’s security solutions will...

torsten_knorr | 13 Feb 2014 | 18 comments

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Symantec Product Security has posted SYM14-004 - Product Security Advisory for Symantec Endpoint Protection Management Vulnerabilities

 

  • A Security Advisory has been posted.
     
  • This is a High Severity Advisory which identifies multiple vulnerabilities in the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager.
    A BCS Bulletin is being sent.
     
  • While there are no known exploits taking advantage of this vulnerability, Symantec is urging all customers to update their managers to the latest version, Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager 12.1 RU4a, as soon as possible. Clients are not affected and do not need to be updated. As part of normal best practices, Symantec strongly recommends keeping all operating systems and applications updated with the latest vendor patches.  ...
khaley | 22 Jan 2014

Is antivirus enough to protect your Point of Sale and valuable customer data? Why layered protection is the best way to secure your transactions with confidence.

khaley | 19 Nov 2013 | 4 comments

It’s called the Halo Effect. iPods and iPhones created a “halo” that drove sales of Macs to business users. I noticed it a couple years ago, as I watched the number of Macs sitting around the conference room table began to grow. There got to be lots of those silver rectangles, with the glowing white apple, sitting on the table. Apple reported 50 percent growth in Mac sales to businesses in Q4 2013. But as more of us are using Macs for business, some common misperceptions about Mac security persist. What do organizations need to know?

Cybercriminals always focus their efforts where they see the most “bang for their buck” – the larger PC market. It’s a game of numbers – hackers go after what will give them the greatest return on investment. Up to this point, that’s been targeting Windows systems. While the volume of malware targeted at Macs is still low...

Spencer Parkinson | 02 Oct 2013 | 1 comment

Information Security™ magazine and SearchSecurity.com recently announced the winners of its 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards, which were selected based on feedback by customers who were asked to assess products deployed within their organizations. We’re excited to announce that Symantec was honored with eight awards – four Gold, two Silver and two Bronze –demonstrating significant representation across our diverse portfolio of market-leading security solutions.

Included below is a complete list of Symantec’s wins, which will be featured in the October edition of Information Security magazine and are highlighted online at SearchSecurity.com.

The Information Security magazine and SearchSecurity.com 2013 Readers’ Choice Award winners were selected based on extensive, in-depth discussions and...

mmarfise | 29 Jul 2013 | 1 comment

Not too many years ago, a camera was a single, discrete piece of equipment developed to do one thing--take pictures. For the most part, it fulfilled the need well. But over the last decade, we've seen an unprecedented integration of photographic and other useful technologies into a single device – today's smartphone. Now we not only have the ability to record photos and video with a moment's notice, we can even send pictures digitally to friends and family in real time, from the same device.

Technology continually evolves. Case-in-point...do you expect the same clarity from your 1.3-megapixel camera phone from 2007 that you require from today’s smartphone? Of course not. Unfortunately, it’s not just legitimate businesses making technological improvements to their products. Cybercriminals are also evolving and cooking up new ways to steal information from businesses and wreak havoc on individual machines and entire networks. As a result, security...

Neelum | 29 Jul 2013 | 1 comment

 

The latest release of Symantec Critical System Protection, 5.2.9 MP3, further expands its server security platform support to:

•  Windows Server Core 2008, 2012

•  Windows Embedded POSReady7

•  SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3  (32-bit and 64-bit) 

See Symantec Critical System Protection Platform and Feature Matrix for details on specific platforms, version, and the features they support. 

For more information on policy-based server security from Symantec go to: 
http://www.symantec.com/critical-system-protection  

 

Duncan Mills | 02 May 2013 | 0 comments

The increased use in the workplace of user-owned devices such as smartphones and tablets, often referred to as bring your own device (BYOD), provides businesses with significant productivity and cost benefits. However, it also presents a number of complex challenges related to security.

Due to the rise of smart media devices like smartphones, tablets and ultrabooks, it is estimated that potentially, as many as 30-35%* of endpoints connected to a company’s network could be unmanaged. These are more at risk than managed endpoints which are typically subject to software patching and endpoint security policies.

Of course unmanaged endpoints are still protected by your perimeter security, such as secure web gateways. However, these have typically evolved from caching proxies and URL filters. What you need is an additional layer of security that provides the best possible levels of protection for unmanaged endpoints.

Symantec Web Gateway (SWG) will...

Neelum | 01 May 2013 | 0 comments

 

According to the 2013 Verizon Breach Report data breaches affect organizations of all sizes, across all sectors with 92 percent of them attributable to outsiders and 14 percent committed by insiders.  What are your top security concerns? We want to hear from you! Answer 7 questions and receive a personalized scorecard with recommended next steps: https://scm.symantec.com/critical-system-protection-survey/en/

Look forward to your responses. 

Thanks for reading!
Neelum