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FranRosch | 06 Oct 2014 | 0 comments

Security is deeply personal. Every day, we see examples of private information being exposed or exploited. At Symantec, we want to give people confidence – whether they’re sharing photos or shopping from a smartphone – that we are working constantly behind the scenes to keep their information protected.

So, in a move to streamline nine core offerings into one easy-to-use flagship subscription service, Symantec has announced the availability of Norton Security. The new service is an advanced multi-layered protection solution that helps shield consumers from sophisticated and evolving threats across all platforms. Norton Security is also available with integrated backup capability to help ensure photos, address books and important files don’t get lost.

According to...

Ilias Chantzos | 19 Aug 2014 | 0 comments

Cyber security as a political issue? Undoubtedly. What makes it so is that governments and politicians at large recognise national interest is heavily impacted by the influence of cyber – now generally used to refer to all automated or computerised systems, in terms of both hardware and software – because cyber is the horizontal element that underpins economic life.

With globalisation enabled by transport technology, communications technology and global markets, and cyber used so widely within the economy and our personal lives, its reach extends deep into the political landscape. Cyber runs our economy, it can be used to reach large amounts of the population, for committing crime, be weaponised and it affects national security – and therefore the state – at its core. All of which means that it has a direct impact on public interest and therefore attracts political attention.

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msmart007 | 05 Jun 2014 | 0 comments

In a previous blog, I described a number of dilemmas around cybersecurity - notably how its presence as a board room topic sits uneasily with the IT department’s poor perception of security, which couples with an increasing realisation that cyber threats cannot be addressed with IT alone. Even as technology becomes intrinsic to business life in this, hyper-connected world, the bad guys are developing ever more targeted threats as we see in our recent Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR).

It’s not up to us security experts to rain on this parade or tell the businesses we advise they’re doing it all wrong - I doubt they would listen even if we did. Our enterprise customers tell us their businesses wouldn’t be where they were today without taking risks, be they financial, organisational or indeed...

fbunn | 21 May 2014 | 0 comments

An interesting finding from the Internet Security Threat Report we issued last month concerns companies with 1-2,500 employees - variously grouped as the Small to Medium Business (SMB) sector - who are seeing the largest increase in targeted attacks. These attacks have already increased by 91% year on year; in addition, whereas 50% were aimed at SMBs in 2012, by 2013 the number had increased to 61%.

The clear suggestion - confirmed by other research we have done - is that the creators of such attacks are becoming smarter in terms of understanding how to profit from targeted attacks. As a result they are focusing less on bigger enterprises and more on smaller and mid-size companies, which often have less security countermeasures in place. 

This begs the question - where are such organisations going to get help, and...

Kenneth Schneider | 02 May 2014 | 0 comments

We live in an emerging digital industrial economy… where cloud and mobility are driving demand to secure and manage a new flood of data…. where voice, video and the Internet of Things are transforming how we function… and where businesses are challenged to protect both their intellectual property and their customers’ information.

Information is the lifeblood of this economy and it is becoming ever more mobile. Information now flows from cloud platforms to mobile apps, and from enterprises’ data centers to their business partners in ever changing ecosystems.

And the information landscape just gets more complex, from both a compliance and security perspective, as companies go global and continue to move from ‘Information Here’ in glasshouse data centers to hyper-distributed ‘Information Everywhere’. The opportunity to leverage and analyze information is increasing quickly. But the challenge to protect that information is growing as well.

Information needs to be...

Paul Wood | 08 Apr 2014 | 0 comments

In security as in business, information is power. As we put together the latest edition of the Internet Security Threat Report, we wanted to do more than simply throw some figures out there. As a result, Volume 19 presents a comprehensive analysis of last year’s threats according to publicly available information and events within Symantec’s purview, as well as detailed guidance about what security professionals can do in response. 

At the top level of the report, the main finding was a rapid and significant increase in breaches leading to the exposure of individual identities - employee, customer and patient details. Overall a total of 552 million identities were exposed, across 253 significant security breaches. 

Just as significantly, many of these breaches took place in the final quarter of the year, suggesting that we are at the beginning of a slew of such attacks - one of the reasons we felt pressed to include detailed advice in...

Philip Routley | 24 Oct 2013 | 0 comments

I always like to start with the good news. So, according to the findings of the 2013 Norton Report, the number of online adults who have experienced cybercrime has decreased. Time to celebrate? Not quite. Because the average cost per victim has risen by a staggering 50 per cent.

And it’s all down to a change of tactics on the part of the cybercriminals, who are now using far more sophisticated attacks, such as ransomware and spear-phishing, where the financial yield per attack is higher than ever before. As Symantec’s chief technology officer Stephen Trilling rightly points out to the unwary. “With the findings from the Norton Report that 49% of consumers use their personal mobile device for both work and play, this creates entirely new security risks for enterprises, as cybercriminals have the potential to access even more valuable information.”

SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY?

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Symantec Analyst Relations | 16 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

In December’s Symantec Intelligence Report we take a closer look at our worldwide stats on the threat landscape. For the month of December, the United States claimed the dubious honor of being the largest source of spam at 12.7%, phishing scams at 24.2%, and virus attachments at 40.9% globally. It’s not unusual for the US to top one or two of these three categories, though claiming the triple crown of risk-based distribution is a little less common.

In other country news, Norway has jumped up to become the most targeted country for phishing attacks, as we’ve determined that 1 in 81.4 emails in the country were phishing attempts in December. Norway also came in second biggest source country, distributing 20.2% of all worldwide phishing attacks. The reasons why one country would jump like this are often varied, but likely due to a concerted phishing campaign by attackers. We’re keeping an eye on...

Symantec Analyst Relations | 14 May 2012 | 0 comments

Cross-posted from Symantec Security Response blog

Join Symantec security experts on Twitter (using the #ISTR hashtag) on Tuesday, May 15, at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET to chat about the key trends highlighted in Symantec’s recently released Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 17.

This year’s report, which covers the major threat trends observed by Symantec in 2011, highlights several troubling developments. For example:

  • Symantec blocked more than 5.5 billion malicious attacks in 2011, an increase of 81 percent over the previous year.
  • The number of unique malware variants increased to 403 million and the number of Web attacks blocked per day increased by 36 percent.
  • Targeted attacks are growing,...
Symantec Analyst Relations | 30 Apr 2012 | 0 comments

Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report showcases the threat landscape in 2011, highlighting that the number of malware attacks increased by 81 percent. Read the report to get the latest on key trends including advanced targeted attacks that are expanding to focus on organizations of all sizes, increased data breaches, and a continued focus on mobile threats by attackers.

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