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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 Clearly, AV alone is not enough, and neither is outdated protection.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...

piero_depaoli | 02 Jun 2014 | 0 comments

The discovery of the Heartbleed bug in April, 2014 exposed a serious vulnerability in OpenSSL, an open-source cryptographic library often used with applications and web servers like Apache and Nginx. This latest high profile, targeted attack allowed infiltrators access to the memory of web servers running vulnerable versions of the library. Heartbleed quickly compromised the privacy for communications applications on the Web such as e-commerce, banking, email, and instant messaging, and opened the door to the interception of user information, passwords, and identities.

While the world now knows of the widespread havoc Heartbleed has caused to both businesses and individuals, it begs the question, “What happens when the next Heartbleed (or worse) comes along, and what can an organization do to weather yet another chapter in an all-too-familiar string of debilitating attacks?”

As a worldwide leader in information protection, Symantec not only has a comprehensive suite...

Morgan Hudson | 30 May 2014 | 0 comments

BYOD.jpegThe consumerization of IT isn’t new. It’s been infiltrating organizations and breaking down B2C and B2B barriers for over a decade now. Cloud-based email, social networks, and instant messaging were all introduced from the outside in.  We can even thank consumers for smuggling in those emoticons we see peppered throughout our daily communications :).

IT departments must embrace these mini-uprisings and harness the power of their own corporate crowdsourcing. Just like how local governments started building skateboard parks for the disgruntled youth to negotiate 180 fakie kickturns rather than scuff up bank benches or Mayor Quimby’s bust, more and more IT groups are embracing this inevitable change. 

For example, many traditionally close-to-the-vest companies are opening up their own physical IT “stores” to better connect...

Kari Ann | 25 Apr 2014 | 3 comments

As you may already know, Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows XP. (You can access the official Microsoft announcement here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/endofsupport.aspx)

If you are a Symantec Endpoint Protection customer who uses machines running on Windows XP, you may wonder how this will impact your protection and system security. This post covers a few important things we think you should know.

  1. Do I need to move to a new operating system?

Yes! We want you to be as secure as possible and the best way to do that is to migrate to a fully supported Microsoft operating System. Attackers will continue to find exploits they can leverage to gain access to your systems. While Symantec solutions will protect you from new and emerging threats, ultimately a strong security strategy includes adopting the latest operating system and security...

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
SEP12-v3.jpegA cash register was part of the Internet of Things long before there was an Internet of Things.  
 
A cash register, or Point Of Sale (POS) system, is a device that contains an operating system and network connectivity. It performs a very specific task, sending data back to a central server. Put that way, it sounds very much like part of the Internet of Things (IoT).
 
The big difference between POS and “IoT” is that devices in the “new” Internet of Things tend to run some flavor of Linux, while many cash registers run some version of the Windows operating system. As such, these cash registers are susceptible to the millions of pieces of  malware written for Windows.  
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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...