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The Confident SMB

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Carlos C | 17 May 2011 | 0 comments

It is National Small Business Week here in the U.S., and time to recognize small businesses as the engines that power our economy.  They deserve recognition for everything they do that makes our country strong!

Brick & Mortar, Web & Trust

Traditionally, consumers tend to trust small business owners – whether it's the helpful pharmacist or the owner of the sandwich shop down the street that will always greet you with a friendly hello. But what about the Web?  The World Wide Web can sometimes look more like the wild, wild, west!  With all the headlines around malware, hackers and phishing scams - consumers don’t always have that same level of trust when doing business online.

Unlike the big, well known brands, consumers can’t always tell if the small business website they visit can be trusted.  A popular and established way to assure visitors...

Blake M | 16 May 2011 | 0 comments

Have you heard about the cloud? I would be shocked if you haven’t. With all the cloud chatter, many small businesses are no doubt confused about the cloud. The big question is: what does cloud computing mean for you?

Cloud computing holds a great deal of promise for small businesses—simplicity, affordability and efficiency. A recent IDC Executive Brief investigates how SMBs are looking to new technology delivery models, such as cloud computing, as a means to optimize IT and cut costs, but notes that most are still cautious about the cloud.

So how do you know if cloud is right for you? Before you lift off into the cloud, consider these tips:

  • Bigger Isn’t Always Better: Research cloud service providers and you’ll find many large companies staking their claim on an increasingly crowded cloud market. The service provider’s reputation and how long they have been...
khaley | 05 May 2011

There’s good news for Seattle SMBs. Seattle police busted a group of cybercriminal “wardrivers” who have allegedly been cruising the city and stealing credit card data from unsecured Wi-Fi connections for the past five years.

Whether you’re located in the Emerald City or not, SMBs that have insecure or open wireless access points are at risk of falling victim to wardriving tactics, in which hackers search for vulnerable Wi-Fi wireless networks in a moving vehicle using a portable computer. Wardriving hardware can detect a wireless network from up to five miles away and there are programs that search out and automatically attempt to gain access and catalog wireless networks.

It’s not just open/insecure wireless access points that you need to be concerned with. Many small businesses have older...

Blake M | 04 May 2011 | 0 comments

As an SMB, you face any number of challenges when it comes to data protection and security—unrelenting data growth, new risks from the mobile devices being used by your employees, plus you’re increasingly the target of cybercrime. At Symantec, our goal is to provide our customers with market-leading solutions and delivery options that not only meet your technology needs but also fit your budget.

At this week’s Symantec Vision User Conference, we made several announcements that will help SMBs.

Software, Appliance or Backup to the Cloud?

Symantec unveiled a new approach to help SMBs protect their information via new delivery models. Organizations can now leverage the benefits of backup from Symantec as software, as a cloud service, or as an appliance. New Backup Exec appliances and Backup Exec.cloud are designed specifically for...

khaley | 26 Apr 2011 | 0 comments

If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a million times—hackers do not care what the size of your business is. They’re after your valuables, and SMBs are increasingly appealing targets because they usually have fewer cyber defenses. The results of Symantec’s 2011 Internet Security Threat Report certainly point to this trend, as I discussed in a post earlier this month.

Verizon’s 2011 Data Breach Investigations Report—released this week—tells a similar story. Verizon reports that while the total number of attacks is on the rise, the number of records exposed per breach declined. Cybercriminals are shifting their focus to small and medium businesses.

The folks from Symantec’s encryption team have weighed in on the report at the In Defense of Data blog. There are...

Blake M | 13 Apr 2011 | 0 comments

Alexander Pope said, “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” When it comes to small business or any sized business for that matter, most customers are not all that forgiving, especially when it comes to loss of personal information, including credit card data, patient records or other financial information, stored by the company. But, data breaches happen and information is lost every day due to small mistakes that could have been avoided. For small businesses, these events can be devastating.

Small business expert and senior USATODAY.com small business columnist Steve Strauss recently shared with us his list of the 12 most common IT missteps most small businesses make. Steve notes that today anyone owning, running or working in a small business has to be as smart about IT as they are about the business itself.

Not surprisingly, many of Steve’s common IT pitfalls involve IT security and data protection...

khaley | 04 Apr 2011 | 0 comments

2011 Internet Security Threat Report Identifies Increased Risks for SMBs
Kevin Haley, Director, Symantec Security Technology and Response

Small businesses have flexibility that can provide them with a competitive edge in today’s Internet-based market. And, with ever more business being conducted online, keeping your sensitive information safe is more critical than ever.

Hackers do not care what the size of your business is.  They only care if they can get past your defenses and relieve you of your valuables.  What hackers do like about a small business is that they tend to have more money in the bank than an end-user and less cyber defenses than a larger company.  And these hackers are no longer limited to highly skilled computer geeks.  Leveraging easily available attack toolkitseven a relative novice can infect your computers and extract...

Blake M | 28 Mar 2011 | 0 comments

Please join Symantec on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. PT/1:00 p.m. ET for a webcast presented by Gene Marks, small business management columnist for the New York Times and Forbes. The webcast will focus on the three key trends driving small business profits in 2011. The registration URL can be found here: http://bit.ly/fbEf16.

Successful entrepreneurs have the keen ability to navigate around political, economic and financial turmoil. They understand that behind the numbers and market trends lay opportunities for business growth and profitability.

Gene Marks will explain the meaning behind today’s numbers, where opportunities lie particularly for small businesses, and new technologies you can leverage for growth.

This 30-minute webcast features Three Key Trends Driving Small Business Profits in 2011:

  • Tracking economic metrics and understanding what they mean to small businesses
  • ...
Blake M | 08 Mar 2011 | 0 comments

Reputation is everything and with personal and workplace communications continuously merging, it is becoming an even greater challenge for SMBs to protect their business data. With newsmakers such as WikiLeaks and other high-profile breaches over the last several months, you never know where your information will end up if it lands in the wrong hands – so of course, you must protect it.

According to the sixth annual Ponemon report, 2010 Annual Study: U.S. Cost of a Data Breach, sponsored by Symantec, for the first time, malicious or criminal attacks are no longer the least common cause of data breaches, but they are the most expensive. While malicious attacks are on the rise, organizations are more proactively protecting themselves from hostile threats. But, this shouldn’t overshadow the impact that negligence has on an organization. Negligence remains the most common cause of data breaches at 41 percent...

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...