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michael_shulman_symc | 27 Jun 2014 | 0 comments

With the exciting news of Kaseya’s newest update to 7.0, we were quick to adapt the Symantec Endpoint Protection Management Plug-in for 2.5 with only minor bug fixes. We are now pleased to announce our latest release of Symantec Endpoint Protection Management Plug-in

This updated version for the Kaseya K2 RMM platform allows MSPs to use Symantec Endpoint Protection Management Plug-in 2.5 with Kaseya 6.3, 6.5 and 7.0. Additionally, MSPs currently utilizing our plug-in with Kaseya versions 6.3 or 6.5 can to upgrade to 7.0 with ease. In this, we hope to encourage Kaseya partners using non-Symantec endpoint protection solutions to leverage the plug-in and expand their MSP practice by including Symantec products into their portfolio. Partners will need to run the latest version of Symantec Endpoint Protection or Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 12.1.2 to take full advantage of all available management capabilities.

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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 | 19 May 2014 | 1 comment

Running a small business is hard work. At Symantec, our goal is to do everything we can to make securing it the easy part. That’s why Symantec today introduced Norton Small Business (NSB), a new solution designed specifically to support and help support and protect small businesses with fewer than 20 employees with a flexible subscription model that makes it easy to add or transfer licenses.

Norton Small Business is the latest addition to Symantec’s small business product portfolio, joining Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition (SEP SBE) and Norton Zone for Business. With this new offering, Symantec can help small...

Symantec Corp. | 05 Mar 2014 | 0 comments

The clock is ticking down on Windows XP.  Microsoft will end technical assistance for the 12-year-old operating system on April 8 and effectively stop delivering automatic updates and security patches to Windows XP users. Although many consumers, small businesses and even large enterprises have already transitioned to newer and more secure systems, an estimated 30 million desktop operating systems still run on Windows XP today and could be left vulnerable after April 8. 

At Symantec, we firmly believe running up-to-date security products is a critical step in protecting your small business’ information and devices. However, even the best security products can’t fully protect an outdated operating system. XP users will face increased risks after April 8 as cybercriminals try to take advantage of vulnerabilities. 

Symantec products will continue to...

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...

Grant M | 12 Jun 2013 | 1 comment

Most people are familiar with the concept of hidden costs. From building a house to getting a pet, there are always unanticipated expenses beyond the purchase price. Migrating to the cloud is no different. With 88 percent of SMBs now at least discussing cloud services, you’re probably well aware of all the benefits: speed, flexibility and the cost savings of a subscription model. But, we’ve found that many SMBs don’t always follow best practices when moving to the cloud and can end up taking on hidden costs, which counter many of these benefits or remove them completely.

Symantec’s recent report, Avoiding the Hidden Costs of the Cloud looks at some of the unforeseen costs SMBs have experienced in cloud deployments. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the relevant findings:

  • 7 in 10 SMBs have experienced rogue (unapproved by owner or IT...
Tom Powledge | 04 Jun 2013 | 0 comments

Here’s a number worth thinking about: According to estimates by research firm eMarketer, Inc., global e-commerce sales are expected to grow 18.3 percent to $1.298 trillion this year (Source: eMarketer, Jan 2013). So, what does this mean for you?

Every business, no matter the size, has an opportunity when it comes to e-commerce – it’s not just large retailers, though they do account for the biggest slice of the gigantic pie. As a small business you need to use the Web to attract, find, communicate, service and sell to your customers. It’s a cornerstone of staying competitive and essential if you’re keen to grow.

It may seem simple to open an e-commerce business or add e-commerce to your website. But, many business owners rush in and don’t take the time to lay the proper groundwork before they go live. It...

Philip Routley | 31 May 2013 | 2 comments

Real world tests show Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 2013 leads the pack

Symantec’s endpoint solutions, designed for consumers, small businesses and enterprises, were recently awarded top honors from Dennis Technology Labs, specializing in security testing that uses a world-class anti-malware framework.

  • Symantec received Dennis Technology Labs’ “AAA” rating and received the highest scores across every category in its Anti-Malware testing.
  • Norton Internet Security scored the highest for home protection, while Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 2013 (SEP SBE 2013) won for small business protection and Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 won in enterprise protection.

SEP SBE 2013 was the only small business solution to receive the Dennis Technology Labs AAA award. Testing was performed over a 3 month period...

Paul Wood | 28 May 2013 | 1 comment

In the remake of the classic heist film Ocean’s Eleven, a group of thieves creates an intricate plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. Due to advanced security, however, they have to gather an enormous amount of intelligence on the businesses in order to stand a chance of success. By way of comparison, today’s cybercriminals have a far simpler job when it comes to stealing what we value – our confidential data. In fact, we tend to do most of the work for them by putting so much information out there on social networking sites. And like someone flashing his winnings on the street outside the casino, it makes us an easy target for theft.

More than ever before, the bad guys are zeroing in on our information, and they’re using every means at their disposal to make their attacks more likely to succeed. And making matters worse, fewer defenses often means small businesses are increasingly in the crosshairs – 31 percent of the time,...

Symantec Corp. | 24 May 2013 | 1 comment

Posted on behalf of Brian Burch

There were 388 million entrepreneurs globally starting or running a new business last year.[i] These startups play a huge role in our economy and are leading the recovery in job creation – 85 percent of all new jobs in the European Union between 2002 and 2010 were created by small businesses,[ii] while 70 percent of new jobs in the U.S. come from startups and young businesses.[iii] But being a startup is no walk in the park. It takes more than a brilliant idea, a solid team to work on it and an endless supply of single-serve coffee for a startup to survive and thrive.

Your business is at its most vulnerable when it’s just starting out – finances are often on a knife-edge, you worry about who to trust with your business plan and who to hire. But risks go beyond...