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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.

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Chris Halcon | 13 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

If you think you’re too small for hackers to direct their malware your way, think again. The number of targeted attacks against SMBs, where cybercriminals specifically target organizations using customized malware and social engineering, has doubled in the first six months of 2012. Many smaller businesses find themselves vulnerable to these attacks because they have fewer defenses and limited budgets.

Join Symantec’s security experts and small business expert Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends on Thursday, July 19 at 1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET to chat about the latest threats to SMBs and how to protect your company from targeted attacks.

SMBs need to take steps to educate employees about the latest internet-based threats and how to prevent them, while implementing technologies to protect their valuable information. Our SMB experts will cover the following:

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andysinger | 10 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report Volume 17 showed that 2011 saw an increase in targeted attacks, and  18 percent of these targeted attacks were directed at businesses with 250 or fewer employees. Now that we’re halfway through the new year, how do things look for SMBs? According to the latest Symantec Intelligence Report – not good.

Targeted attacks still increasing

After reaching a record high in December of 154 attacks per day, daily attacks dipped briefly in January before returning to similar levels in February. For the most part, the daily attack average remained around this level for the first half of 2012 resulting in an average increase in targeted attacks per day of around 24 percent for the first half of 2012.

Attacks against SMBs double

Over the last six months, the number of attacks against SMBs has doubled, jumping to 36 percent compared to the 18 percent we saw just...

Monica Girolami | 26 Jun 2012 | 1 comment

In business today, information is becoming more and more important. However, the costs and amount of information businesses deal with is huge and growing at a rapid pace. On average, enterprises spend $38 million annually on information, while SMBs spend $332,000. However, the yearly cost per employee for SMBs is a lot higher at $3,670, versus $3,297 for enterprise. Even more interesting, a recent survey reveals that information is expected to grow by 178 percent for SMBs in the next year. Without the advantage of economies of scale, small businesses need to rethink how they spend money on protecting their information.

In order for your business to run smoothly, you need to understand what information you have, be able to access it when and where you need it, and – above all – protect it. Symantec has just published its first ever 2012 State of Information Survey which looks into the value of information to...

akennada | 22 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

Our new Symantec 2012 SMB File Sharing poll found that as online file sharing becomes increasingly common as a business practice, many SMBs are more at risk of data loss and security threats.  As SMB employees increasingly need to share files more quickly and efficiently – while at the same time those files increase in size – SMB employees are adopting unmanaged, personal-use online file sharing solutions without permission from IT. 

In response to some of the recent data from our survey, we’ve put together some best practices that can help your organization keep proprietary and confidential information safe: 

  • Centralize file storage and management with a secure web-based system accessible regardless of device or location to protect data outside the office walls: Not surprisingly, our survey showed that the number of employees working from home and/or remotely has gradually...
Symantec Security Response | 19 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

Malware called DSNChanger has been, and continues to be, in the news. One of our concerned customers asked Symantec Security Response a number of questions recently in regards to what this threat is, how it works, and what it ultimately means to them (and other users like them). The following are the questions posed to us with our responses.

Norton User: What is this DNSChanger making news at the moment?

Symantec Security Response: It is malware that changes the Domain Name System (DNS) settings on the compromised computer, hence the name.

NU: What are these DNS settings and how do they affect me?

SSR: DNS is an Internet service that converts user-friendly domain names into the numerical Internet protocol (IP) addresses that computers use to talk to each other. When you enter a domain name into your Web browser...

andysinger | 23 May 2012 | 1 comment

To call mobility the latest hot business technology trend is probably an understatement. In reality, the gravitation towards using highly mobile devices, such as smartphone and tablets, represents a transformation of business technology priorities rather than simply a trend. Current and future generations entering the workforce will wonder how business was ever done without these devices. This transformation is not only taking place in large enterprises with the capital to invest in cutting edge technologies and IT strategies, but SMBs are also jumping head first into mobility.

A key driver behind SMBs full-fledged interest in business mobility is the “bring your own device,” or BYOD, concept.  Many SMBs do not have the resources to supply employees with the latest mobile technologies, yet they still want to partake of the benefits of an always-connected workforce. With BYOD, employees use their own personal mobile devices for work. Thus, it’s a win-...

Nick Johnston | 18 May 2012 | 0 comments

Today sees the highly-anticipated IPO (Initial Public Offering) of the social-networking site Facebook. The IPO is expected to be several times oversubscribed as the demand for shares greatly exceeds the number of shares being issued.

The high-profile nature of this IPO has not escaped the attention of the “419” or the “advance fee fraud” scammers. As a brief reminder, these scams typically promise vast sums of money in exchange for assistance. However, before said sums of money can be received, several increasingly-inventive up-front charges and fees must be paid. The fees keep coming and the promised money never materializes.

We recently spotted a 419 scam message offering a "FACEBOOK (IPO) SUBSCRIPTION PARTNERSHIP PROPOSAL". The use of an all uppercase heading is a common hallmark of such 419 scams.

The scam claims to be sent from a finance firm with offices in multiple locations around the world. The exact nature of the...