Brian Burch on Tuesday, June 18, 2013
When it comes to IT, SMBs have widely varying opinions. Some view it as a necessary evil, much like paying utility bills. Others, however, feel that business computing can set them apart, giving them a strategic advantage over the competition. Symantec recently conducted a global survey of SMBs with a view of assessing their attitudes toward information technology and its place in their business.
Through a portion of the survey responses we established an IT Confidence Index, rating each business on its overall comfort level in using IT to achieve business goals. This numerical value allowed us to clearly identify three tiers of businesses, contrasting the top-tier with the bottom-tier...Read More
John Eldh on Monday, June 10, 2013
More information is always helpful in making decisions. Many of us check the weather report before heading outdoors on a hike, to make sure we’re prepared for sun or rain. The same principle holds true in business – the more we learn about our industry and current trends, the better prepared we are to weather oncoming storms. With the increasing focus in recent years on protecting confidential information and ensuring sensitive data is secure, the 2013 Cost of a Data Breach Report sheds light on just how costly it can be when our business information is lost or stolen.
A variety of issues are contributing factors in data breaches for business today. And...Read More
RobertHamilton on Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Lately not a day goes by without a major news story on cybercriminals, hacktivists, and spies. These are generally viewed as the main threat actors behind the data breaches that we spend so much time -- and budget -- fighting. But what about Anne in Accounting, Sam in Sales and Paul in Production? While malicious attacks are certainly a significant problem and make for thrilling headlines, it’s mistakes made by people and systems that actually cause the majority of data breaches.
According to the 2013 Cost of a Data Breach study, negligence and system glitches together accounted for 64 percent of data breaches last year. These can include employees mishandling information,...Read More
Danny Milrad on Thursday, May 9, 2013
Last fall businesses across the Eastern Coast of the United States were heavily impacted by the devastating effect of Hurricane Sandy. For several of our customers the storm underscored the importance of establishing a defined business continuity process. While the safety of people is always the first priority, the impact of similar events on government services, corporations and small businesses was tremendous and needs to be addressed long term.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in Symantec’s CIO Forum in New York City that preceded the NASDAQ Closing Bell Ceremony. At the event, Symantec customers and partners discussed the importance of ensuring business continuity...Read More