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Solange Deschatres | 03 Jun 2014 | 0 comments

Policies.pngA zero-day attack is one of the biggest dangers to businesses online. Whether in the form of a worm, virus, Trojan or anything else, it’s a targeted attack that exploits a software vulnerability that was previously unknown, so it’s able to hit and spread before the software’s programmers have had even one day to try to fix the flaw – hence the zero-day name.

Zero-day attacks are quickly fixed with a patch once discovered, but their damage is mostly done in that short period of total vulnerability – and it can be devastating.

According to Symantec’s Internet Security Report, targeted attack campaigns rose by 91% in 2013, with a 62% increase in the number of successful breaches. A total of 23...

andysinger | 15 Jan 2014 | 0 comments

Small businesses can benefit greatly by using the latest technologies to improve operational efficiency and innovation, but they can also open the door to a host of headaches. In 2014,  we will see continued consumer emphasis on privacy and the growth of Internet of Things and mobile, which will have a direct impact on small businesses and they way they do business.  

All eyes will be on protecting Privacy.

From scary headline news to a much needed wake-up call, consumers and small businesses are becoming more mindful about the amount of personal information that’s shared and collected on a daily basis.  In 2014, we expect to see privacy protection emerge as a feature in new and existing products.  But this new feature will inevitably spark a debate on whether or not these features actually provide real or meaningful privacy protection. Expect...

Dal Gemmell | 03 Dec 2012 | 2 comments

Read this Blog for details about the latest release of Symantec Endpoint Protection Management Plug-in 2.5.1.12.

Symantec officially announced our Managed Service Provider (MSP) strategy last fall. Our goal was, and continues to be, to make it easier and more cost effective for partners to deliver Symantec's market-leading backup and security solutions as managed services. Over the past year we’ve worked hard to arm service providers with trusted solutions, flexible deployment options and innovative programs that enable them to differentiate themselves in a competitive marketplace.

Since the launch of our MSP strategy, Symantec has announced several exciting products and services to our integration partners, and we continue that momentum with the Symantec...

Chris Halcon | 27 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

By Scott Anthony, owner of iFocus Solutions Corporation

When it comes to integrating new technology in their business, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can be nimble because there’s less red tape – that’s why you’ll frequently find the latest tablet on the owner’s desk. But, when it comes to the cloud, SMBs have approached the technology with some hesitation.  However, we are now seeing more and more SMBs embracing cloud and enjoying its benefits. They’ve already begun to use the cloud for storage and backups, and soon we’re going to see an increasing amount of SMBs moving to cloud-based security, while others that prefer on-premise protection today will begin to craft a plan to move to the cloud in time. Fortunately, there’s one solution that will keep their information safe in either environment: Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 2013.

Everyone working in an SMB can see how...

Steve Cullen | 15 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

There’s a lot of talk about cloud security be it (1) security for the cloud, which protects your cloud initiatives such as data stored in the cloud or (2) security from the cloud, also known as security-as-a-service (SecaaS), which uses the cloud to deliver some aspect of protection, like messaging, anti-virus or web security. Though proven and effective, many SMBs overlook SecaaS because the cloud still feels like an unknown for many, and we naturally fear what we don’t understand.

Today, SMBs can’t afford to be dismissive when it comes to security. The harsh reality is SMBs have never been targeted with attacks like they are now. In the first half of 2012,...

Chris Halcon | 04 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

For nearly 10 years at Symantec, Jay Epton has been successful in various UK and European channel-focused roles at Symantec. In 2011, Jay took on the responsibility for Symantec’s MSP strategy in EMEA and now leads the SMB and Distribution Business in the UK & Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Over the past year, he has led continued and impressive growth of Symantec’s MSP partner program in EMEA and is on target to continue this trend into 2013. It’s leaders like Jay who have are being recognized as part of the fifth annual MSPmentor 250 list.  

The fifth annual MSPmentor 250 report is...

Steve Cullen | 13 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

In today’s rapidly evolving technology landscape of mobile devices, virtualization, and more data than ever, SMBs need information protection to be easy. Symantec understands the challenges that SMBs face and we are dedicated to removing the complexities of information technology so that they can focus on what they do best.

We are on a mission to create offerings that are fast, simple to deploy and use, are cost-effective, and provide the best customer experience possible. As we work towards that goal, we’re not only providing the best solutions for businesses, but also sharing knowledge that helps them achieve success. Being named as one of the Top 100 Champions in the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards demonstrates our commitment to small businesses.  

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Chris Halcon | 24 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

The number of targeted attacks against SMBs has more than doubled in the last six months. This alarming new statistic combined with the fact that many SMBs are unaware of the threat was the key driver behind our latest SMB Twitter chat.

Last week, Symantec’s SMB security experts, Kevin Haley and Andy Singer, engaged with Small Business Trends’ Editor-in-Chief Anita Campbell for a Twitter chat about targeted attacks and SMBs. The chat covered a variety of topics including the likelihood of an attack, common types of attacks and how to mitigate threats.

The chat drew more than 100 participants which included SMB owners and thought leaders who discussed the current threat landscape for SMBs. The chat produced more than 800 Tweets and for the first time since we started holding SMB chats, the hashtag #SMBchat...

Grant M Symantec.cloud | 16 Jul 2012 | 1 comment

Coming off a nearly week-long outage in the Northeast that left more than 2 million households/businesses without power, disaster preparedness is certainly top-of-mind for individuals and business owners. Just recently, I read about the 10 states most at risk for a disaster, as identified by Kiplinger.com, and interestingly the seven states suffering this latest disaster did not make the top 10.

It goes to show that no matter where you are, as a small business owner you need to be prepared. After all, downtime equals lost business – 29 percent of small businesses lost revenue and 52 percent lost productivity due to a typical outage, according to Symantec’s 2012 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey. As a small business, this is a risk you can’t afford to take.

We’...

Chris Halcon | 27 Apr 2012 | 0 comments

Save the Date for our Twitter Chat (hashtag #SMBChat)

Mobile devices have the potential to both supercharge and invade SMBs.  Employees use these devices to surf the Web, check emails, access business critical applications and to be more productive no matter their location. But this enhanced productivity comes with risks – lost or stolen devices and mobile malware are significant concerns for small businesses. 

Join Symantec’s SMB mobility experts and small business expert Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends on Wednesday, May 2 at 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET to chat about how SMBs can mitigate risks while leveraging mobile technologies.     

SMBs must protect their business information regardless of where it resides – whether on the road or in the office....