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Manage, Secure and Recover your SMB Windows Environment

July 15, 2008

Summary

It's critical to ensure your business has the right combination of management, security, and recovery solutions in place to protect your business from any type of IT threat.
Today's businesses run on electronic information. From emails, to financial spreadsheets and customer databases your business must ensure that your Windows servers, workstations and laptops are well-managed, secure, and recoverable to support your business growth and productivity
Without complete protection for your Windows environment here are a number of issues and risks that your business could face and not recover from:
  • Natural Disasters and System Outages: Your business must be prepared for unexpected events that could disrupt IT systems and lose information. Complete disaster recovery policies must be defined to avoid breaking the bank or losing your business.
  • More Data Circulating: In recent years, many businesses have experienced exponential data volume growth, making complete data and system recovery even more time-consuming and complex.
  • External Regulations and Internal Governance: Your business must comply with any number of internal and external IT requirements - some of which are quite sophisticated, leaving some smaller IT businesses struggling.
  • Poor IT Service Levels: Businesses today can't afford to be slow on the IT uptake, as it can critically impact the flow of business when mission-critical applications don't work
  • Increased Cost and Complexity: Many businesses find themselves dealing with too many different point products from many different vendors, making it difficult and costly to manage, especially with a limited IT staff and budget.

Reducing IT Risk

According to industry analyst Gartner, 95% of all security can be achieved through client and server management, via patching and properly configured applications. Gartner also suggests that most security threats take advantage of vulnerabilities that go unmanaged by a business. The other 5% of security breaches are the result of zero-day vulnerabilities that are launched less than 24 hours after a vulnerability is found. Although zero-day vulnerabilities comprise a smaller percentage of security breaches, they are the hardest to protect against and can be the most damaging. For this reason it is critical to ensure your business has the right combination of management, security, and recovery solutions in place to protect your business from any type of IT threat.
When it comes to setting IT priorities, management should be most important – even more important than security. Proper management complements security, and together they will keep almost all security threats at bay – and your information will remain safe. If something unexpected like human error or a disaster weakens your management or a virus manages to break through the security layer, backup protection should be in place to provide a final safety net.
A business' backup and recovery requirements may vary by database, application, department or even by employee, but are typically defined by a recovery time objective (RTO) set by your company based on how much down-time your business can afford lose. Regardless of your business size, the faster your company can recover from the effects of equipment failure, accidental data loss or corruption, the more productive your business will become.

Manage, secure, and recover

Symantec has been supporting the management, security, and recovery needs of customers for 25 years, and has the right mix of solutions to suit the needs of any sized business, now and as it grows.
  • Manage
    Smaller businesses will find that Ghost Solution Suite offers the tools they need to manage their IT environment. In addition to easy Windows endpoint management, Ghost Solution Suite provides imaging speed and flexibility, automated OS deployment, and user migration. For larger mid-size businesses who want a more scalable and robust management solution, there is the Altiris Client Management Suite. Once you find the right tool to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot your Windows systems, you can define the appropriate security and recovery protection for your business.
  • Secure
    Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) provides the ultimate in security for laptops, desktops, and servers. It integrates Symantec AntiVirus with advanced threat prevention technologies in a single agent and management console, increasing protection and lowering the total cost of ownership. SEP helps protect your business from malware such as viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, adware, bots, zero-day threats, and rootkits.
  • Recover
    Every business needs a reliable strategy to be able to quickly recover business information following a virus outbreak, database corruption, or a natural disaster. The Backup Exec Family delivers scalable data and system protection for your servers and workstations with Backup Exec and Backup Exec System Recovery. Backup Exec System Recovery provides bare-metal system recovery even to dissimilar hardware. Backup Exec provides robust application protection for Windows and non-Windows environments and continuous data protection for specific point in time recovery. Together they deliver complimentary data and system protection to help maximize operational effectiveness, minimizes data loss, and reduces overall recovery time.

Be confident

Symantec is the world leader in antivirus, backup, imaging, systems management, archiving and mail security technologies for Windows environments. Unlike point products that are missing one or more of the critical pillars of Manage/Secure/Recover, Symantec's modular solutions work together to address all your IT needs. When all products work together, or when a product compatibility question can be solved with one phone call, management is simplified, saving time and money.
You want to ensure that your business information is safe throughout its lifecycle. By relying on Symantec's solutions for Windows, you can now focus on optimizing your business growth – not your Windows IT infrastructure.

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