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Brian Modena | 16 Oct 2008 | 0 comments

Endpoint virtualization has quickly become one of the most exciting areas in information technology today. With undeniable benefits such as increased user productivity and lower IT costs, it's no wonder IT departments are eager to implement endpoint virtualization technology into their environments.

Endpoint virtualization is a set of technologies that virtualize within the workspace and also technologies that virtualize the workspace itself, allowing it to be made portable from device to device or even in the cloud. This provides higher levels of mobility and application delivery, thus enabling users to concentrate on being productive and allowing IT to concentrate on lowering the cost of delivering a portable, customized user experience.

Symantec recently surveyed 300 IT administrators regarding their use of endpoint virtualization technology. Below is a snapshot of some of the key findings:

* 76 percent of respondents said that their organization has...

Jessica Johannes | 08 Oct 2008 | 0 comments

The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode) released "Fundamental Practices for Secure Software Development: A Guide to the Most Effective Secure Development Practices in Use Today." Based on an analysis of the individual software assurance efforts of SAFECode members, the paper outlines a core set of secure development practices that can be applied across diverse development environments to improve software security. The secure development practices defined in the paper include guidelines for web-based, shrink-wrapped and database applications, as well as operating systems and embedded systems.

SAFECode is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing trust in information and communications technology products and services through the advancement of effective...

Deirdre Sena | 08 Oct 2008 | 0 comments

Symantec has been named to the 2008 Dow Jones Sustainability (DJSI) World and North American Indexes. The DJSI is one of the most respected indicies tracking the economic, social and environmental performance of leading companies focused on corporate responsibility. Being added to the DJSI is recognition of the commitment Symantec and its employees have made with respect to sustainability practices around the globe. The underlying value of the DJSI is that Symantec now has a benchmarking tool against which the company's progress can be measured.

Investors practicing socially reasonable investing consider both the return on investment and the broader social implications of holding equities. Recognition as a sustainability leader enhances Symantec's reputation in the eyes of its shareholders and financial analysts.

To learn more about Symantec's sustainability practices please listen...

Jessica Johannes | 08 Oct 2008 | 0 comments

Symantec is exhibiting, speaking and unveiling product and partner news at this week's VMworld 2008 conference at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. On Wednesday, September 17, John Magee, vice president, Symantec Product and Services Marketing will deliver a keynote address entitled "The End of the Beginning: The Next Phase of Virtual Infrastructure" at 2:30 in Murano 3202 and 3302. In addition to John's keynote, Symantec is taking part in several breakout sessions throughout the week. To find out more about what Symantec has in store at VMworld, visit booth #418 or click here.

Below are some of the highlights regarding this week's announcements:

* Symantec Delivers Innovative Data and System Protection for Virtual Machines and Windows 2008 Environments

On Monday, Symantec Corp. announced...

Cory Edwards | 08 Oct 2008 | 0 comments

Last week we released our September State of Spam Report. Among the more interesting trends found is the return of malicious attachments in the spam message.

Here's one example that is particularly disturbing to those of us parents that have just sent young children back to school. The email arrives with a subject lines that reads, "We have hijacked your baby." The body of the email demands a ransom of $50,000 be paid and then tells the parent that a picture of their child has been attached - one of those don't believe us, well looky here enticements. The attachment of course is not a picture but malware.

Cory Edwards

Sept. 9, 2008

Cory Edwards | 08 Oct 2008 | 0 comments

The IT Policy Compliance Group, which Symantec funds and is the founding member of, just released a new report based on research conducted on how much it costs organizations when they have to put legal holds on information.

Jim Hurley, research director, led the effort to interview 235 organizations and found extreme costs swings among organizations depending on maturity level of their legal holds practices. Those with "immature" practices pay on average more than 10 times the amount of organizations whose practices and procedures are "mature." Archiving and e-discovery technologies were named among the specific items interviewees identified as...

Deirdre Sena | 08 Oct 2008 | 0 comments

Today marks an important milestone as Symantec is releasing its first Corporate Responsibility Report, demonstrating Symantec's current achievements and leadership efforts in critical environmental, social and governance issues. Corporate responsibility at Symantec is intertwined with the company's core purpose of securing and managing our customers' information-driven world. Symantec defines corporate responsibility as the way in which we fulfill our business objectives - by giving full attention and respect to ethical operation, the environment, and commitment to positive social impact.

From instituting Symantec's own green IT technology to enable data center consolidation and save more than 300,000 kWh/month; to donating more than $16 million in cash and software to schools, nonprofit organizations and local communities; to launching a family online safety initiative, Symantec is committed to operating more sustainably and responsibly. Symantec hopes to set an example...

Ellen Hayes | 08 Oct 2008 | 0 comments

IT Risk Management has become a critical issue for executives and boards of directors for many global companies. As many of them are aware, IT threats and vulnerabilities are constantly evolving and the tasks of staying ahead to mitigate them are daunting.

Symantec today announced a new offering called DeepSight DataFeeds 3.0. DeepSight DataFeeds 3.0 helps large enterprises reduce exposure to security risks by providing comprehensive, actionable, real-time intelligence on active threats, vulnerabilities, and mitigation recommendations from Symantec's Global Intelligence Network. .

The Symantec DeepSight Vulnerability DataFeed, with CVE, CVSS 1.0 and CVSS 2.0 scorings, is a single, customizable source for vulnerability information, including mitigation guidance, impact analysis, and links to security patches. The Symantec DeepSight Security Risk DataFeed provides adware, spyware, and malicious code alerts based on a detailed analysis of active threats. DeepSight...

Melissa Martin | 08 Oct 2008 | 0 comments

John Thompson, Symantec's Chairman and CEO, will be participating in a Q&A session at the Citi Investment Research Technology Conference in New York City on Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT). Interested in what he has to say? Go to Symantec's Investor Relations Web site to view a live webcast or replay of the event.

Melissa Martin

Aug. 29, 2008

Katie Beck | 08 Oct 2008 | 0 comments

Symantec released its annual Disaster Recovery survey today and the global results are in. Here are a few interesting survey results that caught my eye:

* In the past year, one-third of organizations surveyed had to execute their disaster recovery plans due to a variety of factors, such as hardware and software failure, external security threats, natural disasters, etc.

* Virtualization is the major factor that is causing more than half (55 percent) of respondents globally - 64 percent in North America - to reevaluate their Disaster Recovery plans.

* Respondents reported that 35 percent of their virtual servers are not currently covered in organizations' DR plans, and only 37 percent

of respondents reported that they back up all of their virtual systems.

Independent market research firm Applied Research West conducted the study of more than 1,000 IT managers across 15 countries to gain insight and understanding into some of the more complicated...