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Symantec Analyst Relations | 28 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

by John Brigden, SVP EMEA

This blog was originally posted in Information Unleashed.

Imagine half the value of your business being buried out of sight; or that value residing on the devices your employees took home at night, possibly to be lost or damaged. It’s a sobering thought—and one that’s all too real in today’s digital world.

According to the Symantec 2012 State of Information Report, almost half (46 percent) of an organisation’s information is being stored outside of its own data centre on devices beyond the corporate firewall. That could be anything from confidential customer information and sales opportunities, to crucial emails and financial reports. This ‘information sprawl’ is like setting a match to your business.

In the report, information sprawl was identified as the culprit in more than one-...

Symantec Analyst Relations | 16 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

This blog was originally posted in Symantec Intelligence

from Paul Wood, Cyber Security Intelligence Manager

In this month’s report we investigate a new social networking avenue that scammers are attempting to leverage: Instagram. They’re doing so in order to gather personal details and persuade users to sign up for premium-rate mobile services, among other things, generally by creating fake accounts:

The scams take on a number of forms, from spam comments, to fake followers, to liking photos in the hopes people will check out their profiles, which in turn often contain more spam links.

We’ve also noticed a significant drop in email spam volumes this month. The global spam rate has dropped by more than 10%, from 75% of email traffic in...

Symantec Analyst Relations | 13 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

This blog was originally posted in Information Unleashed.

Symantec’s first State of Information report examined how organizations are dealing with information today, in light of significant changes in the data center. Symantec’s Digital Information Index sheds light on where information is being stored today, as well as some of the challenges that businesses are dealing with as a result of this transition in the way we store and access our information.

Information is moving from traditional storage in data centers to devices outside of the corporate firewall. This new category of unorganized, duplicative information is referred to as “information sprawl.” Symantec’s Digital Information Index provides a barometer for information sprawl in different areas of the world. The Index shows that in certain growing...

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 | 09 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

BYOD is hot! However, as our recent mobile product and program news highlights (http://bit.ly/T1CMTC), 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: http://bit.ly/QaYgif

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 | 21 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 requirements of 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...