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Blake M | 15 Feb 2011 | 0 comments

Completely Protecting Small Businesses

Today Symantec unveiled the latest version of Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) Small Business Edition, our flagship small business endpoint security product. What makes this version different? 

More than 286 million distinct Internet security threats were discovered last year, and it is quickly becoming impossible for security vendors to detect all these increasingly targeted and sophisticated attacks. In response, we’re announcing significant developments to SEP Small Business Edition, which is powered by Insight, our award-winning community-based reputation technology. 

Insight examines the usage patterns of millions of anonymous volunteer computers to spot dangers that traditional...

Blake M | 14 Feb 2011 | 0 comments

For most people, Valentine’s Day conjures up thoughts of candy, flowers and secret admirers. Well, here at Symantec, it makes us think about information. Yes, information. It may not be the most romantic notion, but the amount of “love” you give your data can have a significant impact on the success of your company. Your information – from company plans to customer financial information – is the backbone of your business, so today make a commitment to giving it a little extra care and attention.

In a recent Symantec survey, 74% of SMB respondents said they were afraid of losing electronic information. The same survey revealed that 65% of SMBs have actually lost laptops, smartphones or iPads in the last year, many of which had no password protection and couldn’t be wiped remotely to protect the information on them. In addition, 73% of SMBs...

Blake M | 03 Feb 2011 | 0 comments

Online preparation and filing make tax time easier for your small business. Programs like Turbo Tax® from Intuit® guide you through your return and when you’re finished, you can file it securely over the Internet. With this convenience, however, comes a greater risk for information loss. Cyber attacks aimed at stealing financial information are increasingly targeting small businesses, so if you are doing your taxes online, you should keep security top of mind.

Below are some suggestions from Symantec to help small businesses protect their critical financial information when filing their taxes online:

Secure your files
If you do your business’ taxes on a company computer, you will surely have some highly sensitive financial information on your hard drive and moving across your network. Make sure your files are secured...

Blake M | 28 Jan 2011 | 0 comments

Today is Data Privacy Day and it’s a good time for small businesses to consider how you are protecting your business and customer information. With recent threats like Wikileaks and various attacks targeted at stealing banking credentials, Data Privacy Day couldn’t have come at a better time. I encourage you to celebrate this day by looking at your data privacy practices and considering what you need to do to keep your customers’ personal and financial information safe.

So much of our valuable business information resides on computers, so I’m not surprised that our Symantec 2010 SMB Information Protection Survey found that almost three-quarters of small businesses are somewhat/extremely concerned about the loss of crucial business information. This...

Blake M | 18 Jan 2011 | 0 comments

If you’re a small business, you may not think Symantec’s Report on Attack Kits and Malicious Websites applies to you. After all, you’re not at risk like big enterprises, right? Wrong.

Attackers are targeting SMBs. According to the study, attack kits are now being used in the majority of malicious Internet attacks that target banking credentials. Attack kits are bundles of malicious code tools offered for a nominal fee, which criminals then use to attack distributed systems around the globe. Attackers know that small businesses may have fewer safeguards in place to protect financial transactions and information, so they have become a prime target for these attacks.

For example, Operation Trident Breach consisted of dozens of cybercriminals using the ZeuS attack kit, the most well-known kit that allows attackers to create customized malicious code, to steal more than $70 million from...

Bernard Laroche | 12 Jan 2011 | 0 comments

In life I have found that there are two types of people: those who are prepared, and those who are not. I of course have found that being prepared is the only way to go – being on time for an event, checking directions before you leave the house or tuning into the weather channel before a trip can save so much time and headache. However, there are those who run around unprepared and are virtually behind on everything.

In business, it is no different. Being prepared is essential – especially when there is critical information to consider. Through the recent SMB Disaster Preparedness study that Symantec conducted, we found that most people don’t have a plan for disasters until it is too late. This isn’t a good sign as disasters can affect IT in all forms. While many think of floods, hurricanes, snowstorms or earthquakes when they hear the word disaster, it can also come in internal forms, like...

Bernard Laroche | 11 Jan 2011 | 0 comments

We all know that any business, regardless of its size, has a responsibility to protect its customers’ information. However, if a company isn’t prepared and an unexpected disaster occurs, it could lose important data – and it may even be impossible to recover from the damage.

But preparedness isn’t always easy for SMBs, who often face time and resource constraints that make it difficult to prioritize something like disaster preparedness. And yet a disaster plan is just as crucial to their success as it is to any enterprise.

So are SMBs prepared? And if not, how is that affecting their business and customers? Those were our questions going into this year’s SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey. Here are some of the findings:

First, we found that SMBs are still not taking disaster preparedness seriously. Half of the SMBs we surveyed said they do not have a plan, and 52 percent don’t...

Blake M | 16 Dec 2010 | 0 comments

This holiday season, it is very likely that your company information will be traveling with your employees on mobile devices and laptops.

According to a recent Symantec mobile security survey, 68 percent of survey respondents ranked loss or theft as their number one mobile device security concern, while 56 percent said mobile malware is their number two concern. So, in response to this data, Symantec has created a few tips for small businesses to share with employees to ensure company information is protected this holiday season.

Keep your device close at all times. When traveling, make sure that your smartphone is close to your body and that your laptop is never far from reach – yours that is. It is also a good idea to make sure you can differentiate your device from others on the security belt, or anywhere else for that matter. Whether it is a sticker or cool case, you will be happy that you can recognize your device and won’t be...

Blake M | 03 Dec 2010 | 0 comments

The holiday season is now upon us, and small businesses with online storefronts are feverishly working to maximize their sales during these busy shopping months. So what can small businesses do to ensure that their customers' shopping experience is a smooth and enjoyable one? Symantec has created the following tips to help small businesses ensure that their customers can rely on their site to be safe and secure.

  1. Don't let malware put your site on the naughty list. Small businesses must deploy technology that provides complete protection and scans regularly for malware and other threats. You don’t want to be known as the website responsible for compromising confidential customer information and spreading malware.
  2. Double check your website's security certificate expiration date – twice! The last thing your small business needs this season is for customers to see a pop-up notifying them...
Ctrox | 26 Oct 2010 | 0 comments

A recent survey conducted by digital magazine services provider Texterity and BPA Worldwide found that four out of five readers of business-to-business publications use digital publications to help them do their jobs better, and 54 percent turn to them to identify new products and services related to their work.

Seeking to deliver an enhanced reading experience to our readers, The Confident SMB is now available in digital format. In addition, for those with iPad, iPhone, and iTouch devices, readers can download The Confident SMB app at the Apple iTunes store for free.

Check out the latest September/October issue that includes a cover story on how mobile services provider Starhome...