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tzambrovitz | 01 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

Ask anyone who has worked in IT for any length of time, and they will tell you the devil is in the detail. While a product might look great on paper or as part of a well-rehearsed demo, post-deployment the grass may not be so green. Frequently, the biggest issues with implementations or upgrades are caused by integration with technologies already in place. The more embedded a product is in the infrastructure, the more likely it is to hit challenges.

As Symantec is, essentially, a purveyor of infrastructure products and services, we are acutely aware of such issues – indeed, it is our business to help organisations of all sizes reduce the risks that they cause. And given that no technology has had a bigger issue on IT infrastructure over the past decade than virtualisation, we have made it our business to help organisations address that, too.

At VMworld this summer, we announced no fewer than...

Symantec Analyst Relations | 22 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

By Johnny Karam, Regional Director Middle East

This blog was originally posted in Security Community Blog.

It is day three of GITEX and I’ve been talking from morning to night with CIOs, IT executives and partners. But I’m not tired...I’m actually energised. Energised because now more than ever before I am seeing how Symantec is an integral piece of the puzzle at the heart of Middle East organizations – and that is exciting!

In making the rounds at this premiere IT event for the Middle East, one of the resounding subjects in every discussion has been cyber security threats. The recent blaze of high profile attacks in the region has brought to life the growing concern and deeper awareness of the threats that organisations are facing today and how to protect their information and minimize the risks from undue...

Marie Pettersson | 10 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

BYOD is hot! However, as our recent mobile product and program news highlights (, there is still a lot more to enterprise mobility. Companies need to understand their total mobile story, of which BYOD will likely only be one part. The reality is that any given organization will likely need multiple mobile deployment and support models. Listen to the Podcast to learn more:



DLamorena | 09 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

Imagine the scene: a free-standing data center is perched precariously on the ledge of a building, 250 feet off the ground. It hovers there momentarily – and then plummets through the air, landing at a speed of 120ft/sec, with a deafening crash.

Seconds later, with the debris of the wrecked DC scattered in all directions, a second, identical data center, up on that same roof, effects a full recovery of the data and application. Symantec’s experiment in disaster recovery has been a resounding success.

The point being that businesses need 24/7 availability of their data and applications to keep their operations running smoothly and customers happy – which puts a major strain on organisations to maintain that level of service constantly.  Not only must they be ready for the worst case scenario of their data centers suddenly being out of action. They need to be able to recover the situation – fast.

It was with this in mind that Symantec...

D Thomson | 25 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

The topic of aligning what the IT organisation delivers compared with what any given business actually needs has been the source for much debate for as long as our industry has existed. IT-Business alignment is one of those topics that many speak about but few actually practice as part of a business culture. I think that part of the reason for this is that there are very few best practices that have been proven to be successful in providing a platform on which the consumers and the providers of  IT service can speak in a common language to agree priorities and understand one another’s perspectives.

I have been involved in a project at Symantec for around 8 years now which, I think, makes some progress in this area. We call it INFORM and it relies on a simple methodology that attempts to provide a forum for discussion with the “IT-Business alignment” goal in mind.

The methodology (somewhat revealingly, some would...

Neal Watkins | 22 Sep 2012 | 0 comments


As head of the Field Technology Sales organisation for Symantec in EMEA, I find myself in some extraordinarily interesting meetings. None more so than a recent half-day workshop with our technology peers at VMware down at Frimley in Camberley.

It was a meeting of minds from a group of extremely passionate individuals — and an ideal opportunity to brainstorm big ideas to resolve some of the challenges that are stopping our customers from virtualising more of their physical infrastructure.  Two of the greatest challenges right now: Regulatory compliance and the cloud, which resulted in two great use cases, which we can solve today.

The first major use cases to emanate from the workshop was the whole issue of security in a virtualised environment. Talk turned to the retail sector. Retailers large and small need to establish a security baseline across their virtual IT environment that protects payment card information, in order to meet the...

John_Brigden | 19 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

Clouds are a law unto themselves. They float freely, without regard for geographic, political or national demarcation lines. With a fair wind at their disposal, they can go more or less wherever they please. Of course, you could also argue that they are at the mercy of the elements and that these control their every move.

Which creates a clever analogy with cloud computing. Should it be allowed to ‘wander’ wherever it might please, without restriction, or should there be forces in place that dictate how and where they may operate?

It’s a big question and there are big numbers involved, with the market for cloud computing having surged in recent years. Market research firm IDC expects businesses worldwide to spend $28.2 billion on cloud services this year alone, up from $21.5 billion in 2010, with spending forecast to more than double to $57.4 billion by 2014.

Right now, the European Commission is knee deep in finalising a strategy on cloud...

Symantec Analyst Relations | 12 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

The August edition of the Symantec Intelligence report provides the latest analysis of cyber security threats, trends, and insights from the Symantec Intelligence team concerning malware, spam, and other potentially harmful business risks. The data used to compile the analysis for this report includes data from May 2011 through August 2012.

Report highlights

  • Spam – 72.3 percent (an increase of 4.7 percentage points since July)
  • Phishing – One in 312.9 emails identified as phishing (an increase of 0.109 percentage points since July)
  • Malware – One in 233.1 emails contained malware (a decrease of 0.14 percentage points since July)
  • Malicious Web sites – 1 website blocked per day (a decrease of 49.8 percent since July)
  • The state of data breaches to date in 2012
  • A look at a malicious email scam that pretends to come from Symantec
  • A new Java zero-day vulnerability appears in...
Symantec Analyst Relations | 30 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

With IT budgets that are shrinking or barely holding steady, it’s vital for today’s businesses to make the most of their current infrastructure. Fortunately, however, leveraging virtual infrastructure to enable cloud computing is possible without having to rip and replace the entire infrastructure. Whether an organization is replacing legacy technologies or adapting them to virtualization, Symantec and VMware have teamed up to help businesses make the transition to virtualization as smoothly as possible – with approximately 100 points of integration to date.

Read more here






Neal Watkins | 28 Aug 2012 | 2 comments

Keyboard finger trouble again! I just sent around a 10MB slide presentation to 25 people on cc when I meant to only send it to one person. That’s another 250MB added to data storage somewhere down the line. Still, it’s a drop in the ocean compared with the amount of data growth worldwide. Pick up any analyst report, magazine, or survey and even the most conservative estimates put the rate of growth at around 60 percent per annum; and it is even higher for companies with data-intensive applications, in high-growth markets, or with widely distributed data centres or staff.

As I travel across EMEA talking to customers—right the way from top 20 global organisations down to SMBs—more and more of them think they have found the ‘holy grail’ to controlling this data growth. They think they’ve finally found a mechanism to stop buying storage for all that data emanating from their physical and virtual platforms, mobile, and Cloud. It’s...