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D Thomson | 29 Nov 2013 | 1 comment

It is no secret to those who know me that I have become very interested in the coming together of IT (something that I know about) and Social Science (something that I don’t…. yet).

For those of you that are not familiar with the Social Sciences as a field of expertise, they comprise a number of disciplines (the well known ones being Psychology, Criminology, Politics and Sociology) and their goal is to try to make sense of how society is made, broken and repaired.

Why is this relevant to us in IT? Well, the Harvard Business School and many of the world’s leading technology movers and shakers are very concerned about a shortage of skills in the industry that span technology (“how do we create and manage data?”) with social science (“what does the data mean once we have it ?”).

The topic of Big Data, of course, is the driver of this concern about a skills gap. It’s all very well having access to a lot of data but...

Carey Nachenberg | 21 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

This blog will discuss a vision for ‘to-be state’ of enterprise security and targeted attack protection, and is the last part of this blog series.

In my last blog, I detailed the first step toward achieving our vision for enterprise security. To summarize, I proposed that we need to update our existing security products so they generate a steady flow of security-relevant telemetry (e.g., every login, failed or not, between every machine in the enterprise, metadata for every inbound email, every connection through the firewall, etc.) – even when that telemetry doesn’t appear directly related to an in-progress attack at the time it’s collected. This telemetry will be used in two...

Carey Nachenberg | 14 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

In my previous blog I talked about the as-is state of enterprise security. Now I’d like to paint a picture of a much better future state that I believe is achievable, and then I’ll tell you how we can make that state a reality.

First, in our ideal future state attackers don’t just go away, and let’s be honest, regardless of how advanced our defenses become, attackers will still find a way to penetrate them. So in our future state, we will not totally eliminate compromises – they will occur. However, we envision a future state where enterprises will either block the attacks outright, or discover them within minutes or hours of compromise, rather than the months or years it takes to detect many attacks today.  We further envision a future state where enterprises won’t need an expensive team of security experts or large numbers of proprietary integrations to achieve this level of protection. We envision a state where the...

D Thomson | 12 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

Over the past few weeks my colleagues and I had the opportunity to meet with many of you and even attend some of the industry events including analyst conferences. I felt the need to blog today, however, based on the level of excitement that I have been picking from my Symantec colleagues “I think we got it right…”, “At last, it feels like we are ahead of the curve…”, “It’s nice hearing that all of our efforts are aligned to where the industry is going..”.

What are my colleagues referring to? The Symantec 4.0 strategy and, more specifically, the almost spooky similarities between its intended outcomes and the trends in the market that you, the industry analysts, are telling us to watch.

Below I have highlighted some of the “Trends To Watch” and aligned them to some of the things we at Symantec are doing...

Carey Nachenberg | 07 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

Greetings, analysts!

My name is Carey Nachenberg and I’m a Symantec Fellow and Vice President in our CTO organization.  I’ve been with Symantec a whopping 23 years (if you count both my internships and full-time employment at the company) and have seen the company go through many changes over the years. However, I believe that the biggest changes are yet to come. 

Over the past two years, I’ve been working with technical leaders around the company on a new vision for the future of cyber-security – a vision that will finally address the targeted threat challenge, and one that promises to fundamentally change the way corporations implement and manage their security. Now that we have reached clarity on this vision, I’d like to share it with you in this three-part blog. 

I look forward your candid feedback and thoughts.

Part 1: The As-...

D Thomson | 28 Oct 2013 | 0 comments

In preparation for creating our Symantec 4.0 strategy, we took the step of listening to our customers. What company would ever say they didn't? By listening I mean really listening - we sat down with customers, individually and in groups, and asked what worked and what didn't, what they liked about Symantec and what they felt needed to change. 

We travelled the globe to take the views of companies large and small, from the widest variety of sectors. So, what did we hear? As we distilled down the notes taken from interviews and workshops, email exchanges and calls, we found that the essence could be summarised in two words: simplicity and integration.

So, first, simplicity. Of course enterprise organisations want to keep things simple - but technology today is increasingly complicated. Cloud services and consumerisation, mobility and remote working making it ever harder to manage information and mitigate risks. At the...

PFN | 02 Oct 2013 | 0 comments

The recent arrival of Symantec’s Data Insight 4.0 on the scene marks an important milestone for customers everywhere. Why? Because the new solution represents a major step forward in Symantec's on-going commitment to deliver solutions that are fully integrated, making it far easier for organizations to protect and manage their information.

Most importantly, through actionable intelligence into data ownership, usage and access, Data Insight will help customers improve governance for unstructured data – such as documents, presentations, spreadsheets and emails. Moreover, Symantec Data Insight 4.0 provides new discovery, analysis and remediation capabilities to help organizations further reduce costs and risk, achieve compliance and gain insights into their unstructured data.

What about that unified approach to data governance – how is that...

Sancharini | 30 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

The theme of this year's Symantec Symposium events for customers and partners, held in Sydney and Melbourne this September, was guided by the fact that the world of business, and therefore our data centre and enterprise customers, is changing. While some of the changes are demographic, the lowering cost and potentially increased value of technology is also having an impact, at the same time as its increasing complexity and risk. 

Symantec's 4.0 strategy was created in response to these shifts, and we have never been more excited to express about what we are doing as a company or how we are working with our customers, globally and regionally. At the Sydney event, we invited analysts from both global and local firms update them on Symantec’s overall strategy, to explore selected solutions in detail and provide insight into Symantec’s business and go-to...

Caroline Dennington | 20 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

As mentioned in Phil’s blog last week, he has asked me to give you a little more insight in to the Verticals focus as part of Symantec 4.0.   Here at Symantec, we understand the strategic importance of the Vertical markets and as part of the transformation, there is now a dedicated Global & Vertical Offerings Integration team.  This team is focused on ensuring the right offerings for our customers across the verticals along with making certain we are addressing new routes to market in order to evolve our go-to-market strategy.

Many of you will know that Steve Bennett communicated earlier this year that there will be four verticals that we are going to focus on namely: Telco, Public Sector, ISPs and XaaS.  We will also continue to focus on other industries such as Healthcare, Manufacturing, Finance and Energy, all verticals where we have seen success over the years.   ...

Sian John | 16 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

Cybersecurity is certainly a hype word in the press at the moment. Security professionals and CSOs that are longer in the tooth are saying, "move along, nothing new here" - are they right? To answer this, we need to take into account that we have always had a sliding scale, with security at one end and usability at the other. Remember the old adage that the most secure computer is the one buried in a box, encased in concrete. 

The trouble is, users are like rivers - they will find the easiest way down the hill. If security mechanisms are too taxing, users will look for ways round them - or indeed stop using the systems altogether, for example by storing information locally rather than trying to access unusably secure corporate systems. 

The shifts we are seeing today are largely driven by the increasing speed and complexity of technological change. Not that long ago, organisations were looking to protect computers, systems and databases...