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JBordwine | 11 Jun 2013 | 0 comments

Recently, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) sent government agencies a 104-page instruction manual for securing government-owned commercial smartphones and tablets. Prior to this point, there was no consistency across agencies when it came to mobile device security, resulting in disparate software and policies across the board – which oftentimes was not adequate to protect against today’s threat landscape.

As part of the digital government strategy the White House laid out about a year ago, calling on agencies to “adopt a coordinated approach to ensure privacy and security in a digital age,” these guidelines are a first step in creating a cohesive mobile security strategy for the U.S. Government. The guidelines were developed by the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense, along with the National Institute of...

Alex Sakaguchi | 31 May 2013 | 0 comments


Didn't get to attend a session at Vision 2013 that you wanted to? 

Or maybe this year you didn't get to attend Vision at all?  We've decided to take some of our top non-security Vision sessions and make them available through Google+ Hangouts On Air. Topics will focus on backup and recovery, archiving and eDiscovery, and business continuity and disaster recovery.

Each session will be broadcasted free to give you an opportunity to hear about the technology from the experts, get some insight into the roadmap and futures, and get your questions answered live.

Here's what you should do:

Click on the links in the Google+ Event Page column that corresponds with a session you're interested in.  The link will provide more information about the session, including participants, the date and time of the Hangout. It will also provide information so you can RSVP to attend the...

Ron Partridge | 31 May 2013 | 0 comments

On May 13, I was pleased to represent Symantec at the inaugural California CyberSecurity Task Force meeting. California government officials and private-sector leaders met to discuss a comprehensive CyberSecurity plan for the state.

Attendees included officials of many state agencies, academia, the National Fusion Center Association (NFCA), the FBI, the Sacramento Utility District, Cyber Watch West (CWW), and private companies such as Verizon, Bank of America and Symantec.

“Because of the interconnectedness of government and private-sector IT assets, collaboration has become crucial” said Michele Robinson, acting director for the Office of Information Security.  “The ultimate goal,” she added, “is to collaborate and work together to improve CyberSecurity for the state.”

The Task Force stated strategic roles are to act in an advisory capacity in the following areas:

  • Identify areas where stakeholders can...
Kevin | 29 May 2013 | 1 comment

User Facing: Desktop

  • Added the ability to subscribe to be notified of new posts in a target forum. How? Navigate to a post in the target forum, click the "subscriptions (0)" link at the bottom of the post, then check the "Posts in the [forum name] forum" checkbox.
  • Added the ability to filter search results on the group(s) that the post was posted in.
  • Added the ability to search for products by using their acronyms. Searching for "DS", for example, will now return results for "Altiris Deployment Solution."
  • Added a permission that allows members of the Security Response blog team to edit any SR blog post -- in addition to their own blog posts.
  • Added the ability for Connect admins to add badges to Connect and to award those badges -- for special achievements -- to deserving users.
  • Modified the "Language settings" drop down on the user profile pages to only list languages...
Jen Nowell | 08 Mar 2013 | 0 comments

As a first-time attendee at HIMSS this year (#HIMSS13), I was pleasantly surprised by the breadth and depth of the experience—wall-to-wall innovation (everything from virtual hospitals, to physical bed technologies, to mobile phone security) in a space the size of eight football fields.

If I felt any disappointment, it was only at the relative lack of federal healthcare representation—a criticism I made at RSA last week as well. That said, there were enough federal executives, partners, and integrators at HIMSS to make the experience wholly worthwhile.

I was indoctrinated in the healthcare field about a year ago. The most difficult part was learning how to filter out the extraneous noise so that I could focus on the pressing issues for government.

Even now, I struggle to find clarity and consistency in the broader healthcare market. In practice, the infrastructure of "all things medical" is largely proprietary, which makes things more...

Marie Pettersson | 27 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

If mobile payments were hottest in 2012, I would say that smart cities, government, cars, healthcare and other machine to machine related solutions are on the hottest list 2013. I see many of the operators, among them SK Telecom and NTT Docomo, displaying vertical mobile services that will contribute to citizen’s life experience. We also see Ford Motors offering test drives of their smart cars, which is a refreshing feature in a phone and tablet dominated show. And GSMA is inviting you to a miniature version of a smart city in the exhibition (a concept that also is applied in the closed off Ericsson exhibition).

Interestingly enough many of these solutions are old news (M2M has been around a long time), but dressed up in new clothing that is highly enabled by the new network technologies. SK Telecom was presented with the GSMA award ‘Outstanding LTE contribution’ and the runners up; Japan and China are coming strong. There are also some interesting...

Marie Pettersson | 26 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

Day 2 has started and all the impressions from Day 1 are being gathered and processed. Asia has a huge representation and yesterday I met Japanese, Chinese and Koreans every two meters in the exhibition. It is clearly a global show where all and everyone in the industry take part. Some of my key observations and reflections from yesterday I have gathered here. More to come today!

Phablets and affordable devices with LTE functionality

More tablets getting to the market and prices are increasingly more competitive where Lenovo was launching multiple models where Acer Iconia Tab A700, Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD and Google Nexus 10 are the key competitors. The Lenovo A3000 and A1000 both feature 7" displays, and will allow for tablet adoption in emerging regions. On the phablet side (phone/tablet), Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the...

Srikanth_Subra | 18 Feb 2013 | 2 comments


Since Now a days many users are shifting from Windows 7 to Windows 8. In this blog we can have the problems posted regarding Symantec Issues in Windows 8 and migration tips like that

Jen Nowell | 30 Jan 2013 | 1 comment

This year, I made it my New Year's resolution to adopt social media and all that it is.

Time is, of course, always the enemy. This endeavor has taken some discipline, but it’s also given me clarity of purpose and reminded me of my passion for learning.

So, there’s no turning back now; I am officially into the deep end of the pool.

And with that in mind, I’d like to promote two articles I read this weekend, one from @SteveCase about the “sharing economy," and the other from Symantec’s new CIO @stephengillett about the “circular economy”.

As I read these two (distinct) pieces, it occurred to me that they might represent a rather elegant evolution.

The “sharing economy” – which emphasizes sharing of assets over outright ownership of assets in order to reduce waste – is...