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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:

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...

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...