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Kelvin_Kwan | 23 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

Just two weeks ago, a non-profit healthcare provider was slapped with a $50,000 fine from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) for violating the HIPAA security rules, after losing an unencrypted laptop containing the sensitive personal information of 441 patients. This is the first HHS penalty for a data breach involving less than 500 victims.

For small healthcare providers, this signals an escalation in the consequence of a data breach, as organizations will be held accountable regardless of size. A fine of $50,000 is a lot of money for a small practice, especially a non-profit provider.

As we’ve discussed in the past, the average cost per record of a healthcare data breach is $240, which is 24 percent higher than average. As fines become more common, healthcare organizations of all sizes need to make sure patient data is managed appropriately.

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Chris Halcon | 21 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

Virtualization provides a lot of opportunities and advantages for SMBs.  They can reduce their capital and operating expenses and use fewer servers for the same number of applications.  But many SMBs are unfamiliar with virtualization and that was the key driver behind our latest SMB Twitter chat.

Last week, Symantec’s SMB security experts, Dan Nadir and Elias AbuGhazaleh, engaged with Small Business Trends’ Editor-in-Chief Anita Campbell for a Twitter chat about what SMBs need to know about virtualization. The chat covered a variety of topics including benefits, challenges, and how to get started. 

The chat drew more than 100 participants which included SMB owners and thought leaders; and it produced more than 550 Tweets.  Most importantly, we listened and learned a lot from SMBs directly: We learned they’re eager to take advantage of the benefits of virtualized technology...

Tom Powledge | 15 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

Today’s small and medium-sized businesses have a variety of technologies available to help them compete in the fast-paced global market. One of the most significant tools at their disposal is the cloud, which lets them take advantage of cost-effective, agile IT services. Cloud-based solutions are quick to deploy and scale according to need, which is especially useful given the limited IT staff SMBs typically have at their disposal.

What today’s SMBs might not know, however, is that deploying the cloud can result in hidden costs. Symantec’s 2013 Avoiding the Hidden Costs of Cloud Survey reveals four important steps to effectively deploy the cloud without experiencing these issues.

Focus policies on information and people, not technologies and platforms

Despite the benefits of the cloud, businesses aren’t taking full advantage of its capabilities. This is usually a problem...

Chris Halcon | 10 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

Almost every enterprise IT environment is running a virtual machine, and in recent years, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have shown a strong interest in virtualization.  They read about it and see other businesses enjoying the benefits, but are unsure exactly how it works and how to successfully adopt it within their own organizations. The 2012 Symantec Disaster Preparedness Survey revealed that SMB are beginning to understand and implement virtualization technologies but still have a long way to go.

Join Symantec’s SMB and virtualization experts, as well as Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends on Thursday, January 17 at 1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET to chat about what SMBs need to know about going virtual with their technology.

SMBs need to understand virtualization...

Tom Powledge | 04 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

For small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), 2012 will be known as the year hackers identified SMBs as stepping stones into larger, more lucrative targets. We saw the number of targeted attacks aimed at businesses with fewer than 250 employees double, climbing to 36 percent of all targeted attacks by mid-year. We also spotted some interesting trends among a new class of SMB, the accidental entrepreneurs, who are poised for explosive growth and aggressively leverage technology such as cloud computing to fast-track their success

Now as this year comes to an end, we turn our attention to what we expect will happen in the world of SMB information protection in 2013. While targeted attacks against SMBs will not let up, we’ll see SMBs fall victim to not only other cyber conflict but also of...

Dal Gemmell | 03 Dec 2012 | 2 comments

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 Endpoint Protection Management Plug-in 2.0 for the Kaseya platform.

This updated version for the Kaseya K2 RMM platform allows MSPs to monitor and manage their Symantec Endpoint Protection or Symantec Endpoint Protection Small...

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...

Paul Wood | 21 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

Our latest intelligence figures show that SMB spam is down by 10 percentage points over last month, dropping to 65.2 percent of email traffic in October. And when you look at the SMB spam trends over the last two years, we’ve tracked a significant and steady decline (see figure 1). This is good news overall and indicates that persistent efforts to uncover and shut down such botnets should continue to pay dividends. But, it doesn’t mean we should be any less vigilant, especially as we enter into the holiday season which is traditionally rampant with spam messages targeted toward holiday events. With many companies running skeleton crews during the holidays, cybercriminals also take the opportunity to launch targeted attacks. They often try to mask these targeted attacks with noisy distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) while trying something more sinister behind the scenes. Simply put, the bad guys are not on holiday.


Chris Halcon | 19 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

The holidays are right around the corner and as the owner of a small business, you most likely rely on online sales and interactions to drive growth and exposure for your company. That being the case, it’s more important than ever that you take steps to make sure your website is ready to handle increased online shopping. You can start preparing for the holiday shopping season by reviewing our 10 Tip to Keep Your Business Website Safe infographic.

The growing frequency and severity of cyber attacks puts online data and transactions increasingly at risk. One of the best ways you can protect your business and your customers is by protecting your site with strong authentication and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates (basically, ensuring that people who access your site really are who they say they are).Unfortunately, like many SMBs, you may have limited resources, which in turn means limited or no...

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,...