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ohzone - CherylPeterson | 20 Oct 2014 | 0 comments

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Personal device usage is a chronic challenge in organizations today. In the U.S., 52% of employees use their smartphones to check emails with file attachments. However, it is up to employers to mitigate the potential risks and benefits of a BYOD policy.

Research by MarketsandMarkets predicts the global market for BYOD and enterprise mobility to quadruple in size over the next four years. Improving worker productivity is a key driver for organizations to adopt a BYOD program. Nearly half of IT managers in the U.S. feel that BYOD programs improve worker productivity.

According to a study of CIOs by Gartner Executive Programs, 38% of organizations plan to stop providing devices to workers by 2016. Without specific BYOD policies in place, security risks become an increasing concern. For example, because some mobile...

Dishwishy | 21 Mar 2014 | 0 comments

"R2D2, you know better than to trust a strange computer!"
-C3PO

I think most folks, myself included, assume platforms are pretty safe. Yes we have "patch tuesdays" for Windows, and the last time I checked synaptic had like 340 updates for my laptop, but there's always been a decent level of trust around the devices I use to go about my daily business. In recent history however, there seem to be a growing number of examples where the platforms vendors themselves have accidentally exposed their users to non-trivial vulnerabilities. 
This sort of upside-down problem of protecting the platform against itself, or rather the apps against the broken parts of the platform, help to frame much of what Symantec has been doing for the last nearly 2 years via our "App Wrapping" technology (Symantec App Center).

The two examples I'll use as reference points are the recently patched iOS 7 "SSL GOTO fail" and a Samsung Android "back-door". I don't think there's any...

ohzone - CherylPeterson | 05 Mar 2014 | 0 comments

From Jack Maddon's Blog -

Last week at Mobile World Congress I stopped by the Symantec booth to catch up on their latest EMM developments. In this video, Travis Grandpre, Director of Product Marketing, gives us an update in this video.

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In this video:

  • With Symantec's MDM and MAM acquisitions almost completely integrated, the next step is to integrate Norton Mobile Security. This will be available in the next few months.
  • The Symantec Sealed program, a collection of partner apps that can utilize Symantec's mobile...
adamli9 | 26 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

You may have heard about the “goto fail” vulnerability in Apple iOS and OS X that was recently discovered.  A bug in Apple’s SSL code allowed improper certificates to be trusted by apps, allowing man-in-the-middle attacks. Aldo Cortesi, a security researcher in New Zealand, was able to modify a proxy to use the improper certificate to capture all data traffic from an iOS device (http://corte.si/posts/security/cve-2014-1266.html).  Using this method, data from almost any app on the iPhone or iPad can be captured without the user being aware.

 

Apple quickly issued patches to address these vulnerabilities for both iOS and OS X (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6147), but one must be proactive when it comes to securing data, especially on mobile apps.

 

The app wrapping capabilities in Symantec App...

ohzone - CherylPeterson | 24 Feb 2014 | 0 comments
On display at both conferences, Symantec’s mobile experts are demonstrating several solutions that enable safe and secure management of information across iOS and Android platforms, including:
  • File Sync and Share That’s Truly Private – Norton Zone integrates with the Symantec Encryption Management Server (SEMS), which enables customers to manage encryption keys themselves and incorporates the patented Symantec Multiblind Key Encryption (MBKE) technology, adding another level of security to protect sensitive data. Norton Zone also includes support for Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) to provide single sign-on (SSO) via identity providers, two-factor authentication, and virus and malware scanning.
  • Making Secure Logins Simpler for the End User – Symantec’s new Push Authentication technology for Symantec Validation and ID Protection (VIP) Service removes the need to manually enter a PIN every time someone logs...
SK | 30 Jan 2014 | 0 comments

As it appears that Symiqforpartners is no longer available, SDRK's can now be obtained by joining the following private LinkedIn group:

Symantec Endpoint Management (UPP) Specialist Partners

Philip Routley | 12 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

Flexibility. Agility. Continuity. Every small business aspires to them. Every small business believes in them. And must-have mobile devices like laptops, tablets and smartphones are right in the frontline, making firms lighter on their feet and employees more responsive, proactive and productive – the very model of modern. 

No wonder we’re always reading about the blurring lines between work and personal life. In reality, though, the boundary hasn’t just blurred – in many cases, it’s vanished altogether. Around half of us already use our personal mobile devices and PCs for work as well as play*, with the burgeoning ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) culture tolerated and even actively encouraged by businesses eager for the resulting cost savings and for the wider benefits flowing from a more flexible, more accessible, ‘constantly connected’ workforce.

LEFT TO THEIR OWN DEVICES

So if our...

ohzone - CherylPeterson | 15 Aug 2013 | 0 comments

Never attended a Symantec Vision conference?  We want to know why.  For the first 20 people (10 in the US and 10 in Europe) who sign up and participate in a 30-minute interview before August 22nd, we’ll award you 200 Connect points AND send you a custom Vision Hoodie.  To set-up a time, please click here or email your contact information to vision@symantec.com.

ohzone - CherylPeterson | 30 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

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