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fdesouza | 29 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

In his RSA keynote, Symantec CEO Enrique Salem spoke about how the Digital Native is shaping tomorrow's security today. Born into a world of connectivity, Digital Natives are a growing generation that is making a significant impact on businesses by the way they work, think and interact. For this generation, the lines between connectivity in their professional and personal lives is blurred. While this may bring about greater productivity, it can also lead to increased risk. Businesses must embrace this change and get ahead of the potential vulnerabilities.

We're innovating to ensure our customers have the protection they need to embrace the hyper-connected enterprise brought on by the Digital Native. We’ve announced some exciting new solutions that address the challenges of today and those that will emerge in the future:

A new security control point for the cloud

Companies need...

fdesouza | 21 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

 

One of about the things I enjoy most in my role is the opportunity to engage with our customers about the challenges they're facing on a daily basis.  Over the past few months they have raised a number of issues that mirror what we are seeing on a macro level.  While trends like cloud, virtualization and mobility offer great promise, companies around the world are struggling with the new challenges they present. 

And all too often, companies are afraid to take advantage of opportunities in front of them.  The same innovations that offer such promise also create risk and complexity.  

That's why protection is such a powerful thing.  It gives you the confidence to be bold and take calculated risks.  And that confidence is important in a world that is radically changing for companies today.  

To enable our customers to take advantages of the opportunities brought on by things like big data and...

Tom Powledge | 01 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

Any knowledgeable entrepreneur would cite innovation as a key to business success in today’s world. And yet innovation means more than simply inventing the next great iPhone app. It can be as simple as implementing an existing idea into the way you do business. The core of innovation is change – being unafraid to look critically at how you do things and see if maybe there’s a better way. Just as evolutionary change keeps organisms one step ahead of the competing species, searching for ways to improve your business can give you an edge over your competitors.

Innovation for your organization might be as simple as identifying and eliminating redundant tasks, or updating elements of your IT infrastructure. In particular, finding a way to do more with less is crucial in today’s sluggish economy. One significant opportunity for innovation...

Brian Dye | 15 Jan 2012 | 0 comments

All around us we see examples of the balance between control and freedom. Too much governmental control means you have little say in your life, but too little results in anarchy. Children need structure to keep from running wild, but provide too much and they fail to develop key social and other life skills.

This same tug-of-war plays out when it comes to managing corporate information. Employees usually want to be able to access information anywhere, on any device, with infinite retention. The business typically wants to keep that information locked down to prevent loss of customer data and resulting brand damage. Legal in many cases wants to minimize information retention to reduce long term liability. Complicating this situation is that all three groups look at “the information” in different ways, and in many cases have poor visibility to the information altogether.

Striking the right balance between freedom and control, between retention and...

Gina Sheibley | 09 Jan 2012 | 2 comments

 

In 2011, corporate information emerged as the most coveted asset in the cybercrime war, the vast amount of digital information in the world grew even more rapidly and the surge in mobile devices in the workplace added another layer of complexity for IT executives.

So what's next?  I sat down with Francis deSouza, Symantec's Group President of Enterprise Products and Services, to get a sense of the challenges CIOs will face in their quest to keep their information secure and accessible in 2012.  Following is a recap of our discussion including a few key predictions to consider as you plan for the year ahead: 

Question 1:Francis, you spend a lot of time with our customers.  What challenges do they face in the year ahead?

Francis deSouza: As...

Michael Parker | 09 Nov 2011 | 0 comments

Clouds don’t come in a box.

They don’t come pre-installed in a piece of hardware. You don’t just plug it in and – voila – you’ve got cloud! More importantly, you should not have to buy new, expensive hardware to get the benefits of cloud computing. This is one area the consumerization wave won’t be as easily emulated for IT – yet. Specifically, we are used to swapping out our old game station for the latest model. We even do this with our smart phones or tablets. But in the data center, businesses and IT can’t just ‘throw away’ their existing hardware to get the cloud. It’s not good business sense.

At the core of this huge transition to the cloud – both public and private – are the business advantages. Scalability. Agility....