Symantec hotseat far from secure

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 31st, 2014

It seems sadly ironic that the role of Symantec CEO is shrouded in insecurity. The antivirus and security software vendor this week sacked Steve Bennett. This is the second time they have fired […]

Symantec sacks CEO Steve Bennett

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - March 23rd, 2014

Symantec fired its second CEO in less than two years on Thursday, dismissing Steve Bennett and putting board member Michael Brown in charge while the security vendor searches for a permanent replacement.

Symantec rolls out mobile security solutions

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 27th, 2014

Symantec showcased its most recent mobile solutions for both businesses and consumers this week at two industry conferences, Mobile World Congress and RSA Conference 2014.

Symantec announces latest version of NetBackup

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 2nd, 2014

Symantec has announced the latest version of its NetBackup solution, bringing new functionality to protect the largest scale VMware-based environments as enterprises move to a software-defined data centre architecture.

Symantec Q3 decline shows firm battling changing security market

John E Dunn by John E Dunn - February 2nd, 2014

With Gartner predicting the rise of sales of security software, one of the top security software houses, Symantec, appears to be struggling in the market it should be dominating.

Symantec: beware of remote access trojans

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 6th, 2014

Symantec has warned against remote access Trojans, programmes that are installed on a user’s computer without their knowledge and allow attackers to access and control them from remote locations.

Symantec appoints new CTO

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - December 23rd, 2013

Symantec has announced the appointment of Amit Mital as Chief Technology Officer, who will be responsible for technology strategy, focusing on innovation, product development and R&D.

Symantec announces Storage Foundation update

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - December 22nd, 2013

Symantec today announced a new version of its Storage Foundation software, enabling data centres to leverage Solid State Drives “In ways that could allow customers to access mission critical data and applications 400 percent faster than traditional Storage Area Networks.”

Worm may create an Internet of Harmful Things, says Symantec

Patrick Thibodeau by Patrick Thibodeau - December 4th, 2013

Security researches at Symantec are gradually raising warnings that the Internet of Things will increase, by multitudes, the number of things that can be hacked and attacked.

Symantec to shut down Backup Exec.cloud after less than 2 years on market

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - November 27th, 2013

Symantec plans to close down its Backup Exec.cloud service, saying it lacks mobile and content-sharing features and wouldn’t be the right platform for delivering them.

Symantec: ‘Blackshades’ malware still at large

Jeremy Kirk by Jeremy Kirk - November 26th, 2013

Cybercriminals are increasingly using the “Blackshades” malware program whose source code was leaked three years ago, according to an analysis by Symantec.

Symantec warns public over Haiyan online charity scams

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - November 13th, 2013

In light of Typhoon Haiyan, security vendor Symantec has warned the public to remain vigilant following a series of online charity scams.

Symantec seizes part of massive peer-to-peer botnet ZeroAccess

Lucian Constantin by Lucian Constantin - October 1st, 2013

The cyber-criminals behind ZeroAccess, one of the largest botnets in existence, have lost access to more than a quarter of the infected machines they controlled.

Google Play store inundated with scam apps, Symantec says

Jeremy Kirk by Jeremy Kirk - July 29th, 2013

A steady stream of questionable applications is flowing daily into Google’s Play store for Android devices, according to security vendor Symantec.

Symantec software monitors sensitive Apple iOS iPhone, iPad e-mail

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - June 27th, 2013

Symantec on Wednesday said the updated version of its Data Loss Prevention (DLP) suite will be able to monitor confidential data sent by email via Apple iPhones and iPads.

Ransom app locks up Android smartphones, Symantec discovers

John E. Dunn by John E. Dunn - June 26th, 2013

It was only a matter of time before it happened and now it has – ransom malware has successfully made the jump from the PC world, where it torments millions of Windows users, to the mobile world, where it has similar designs on Android.

Top-tier SMBs spending less on IT than bottom tier: Symantec

Patrick Budmar by Patrick Budmar - June 20th, 2013

The latest research by Symantec has found that top-tier SMBs spend roughly seven percent less on IT than the bottom tier.

Businesses should be on high alert during Ramadan, says Symantec

Joe Lipscombe by Joe Lipscombe - June 4th, 2013

Enterprises should be on the look out for increased security threats during the holy month of Ramadan, which begins on the evening of July 8, according to security firm Symantec. In an interview […]

It’s better to call ahead before sending malware, Symantec finds

Jeremy Kirk by Jeremy Kirk - May 14th, 2013

Hackers are finding it pays to call ahead before sending malware-laden email. Symantec has seen what it describes as a sophisticated social engineering campaign aimed at French-speaking accounting and finance department employees. The […]

Cyber crime batters small businesses, says Symantec

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 17th, 2013

Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting small businesses due to their less sophisticated defences, according to a new report from Symantec. Companies with 250 employees or less absorbed 18 percent of targeted cyber attacks […]

Symantec unveils super-secure SSL certificates

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - February 14th, 2013

Symantec on Wednesday began offering multi-algorithm SSL certificates for Web servers that go beyond traditional crypto to include what’s known as the Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA). The firm said that […]

Microsoft, Symantec take down botnet

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - February 7th, 2013

Microsoft and Symantec on Wednesday announced that they have dismantled a botnet that took over millions of computers for criminal activities such as identity theft and click fraud. The Bamital botnet threatened the […]

Symantec CEO: ‘Our system is broken’

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - January 27th, 2013

Under the helm of its new CEO, Steve Bennett, Symantec last week outlined a re-organisation intended to lead to a leaner company and a new range of security and back-up services and products. These […]

Symantec – Security and storage predictions for 2013

Joe Lipscombe by Joe Lipscombe - December 9th, 2012

In 2012 mobility, virtualisation and cloud computing were three big trends that affected change in the way organisations across the Middle East approached IT. In 2013 Symantec predicts that these trends will continue […]

Symantec spots odd malware targeting Iran

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - November 25th, 2012

Symantec has spotted another odd piece of malware that appears to be targeting Iran and is designed to meddle with SQL databases. The company discovered the malware, called W32.Narilam, on Nov. 15 but on Friday […]

Symantec: Ransom malware gangs making huge profits

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - November 12th, 2012

The problem of ransom malware has reached epidemic proportions and could be extracting fraudulent payments from as many as 3 percent of victims, a Symantec report has calculated. In a world already afflicted […]

Symantec reveals new encryption options for Apple, Dropbox

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - November 11th, 2012

Symantec this week announced two new data encryption options, one that is file-based encryption for use with Dropbox, and the second that works as an extension to the AppleiOS mail client to encrypt and […]

Google Play apps create spoofed SMSes, Symantec says

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - November 7th, 2012

About 200 Android applications currently hosted on Google Play create spoofed SMS messages on the devices they are installed on, according to security researchers from antivirus vendor Symantec. This technique can theoretically be […]

Hackers claim attacks against Symantec, PayPal, others

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - November 6th, 2012

Different hacker groups claim to have breached servers belonging to ImageShack, Symantec, PayPal and other organisations. On Sunday, a hacker group called HTP claimed to have compromised Web servers, MySQL databases, routers and […]

Symantec adds disaster recovery to Veritas Cluster Server

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - October 10th, 2012

Symantec has announced the latest version of its Veritas Cluster Server (VCS), which adds the ability to reduce virtual machine recovery times by using VMware’s vMotion data migration capabilities. The new version of VCS, slated […]

Symantec: Windows 8 ‘doesn’t move the needle’ on security

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - September 9th, 2012

Symantec said Windows 8 “doesn’t move the needle much” on security as it rolled out new versions of its antivirus software and promised to provide users with several so-called “Modern” apps for the […]

Symantec CEO steps down, replaced by company’s chairman

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - July 26th, 2012

Security software vendor Symantec yesterday that Enrique Salem, its president and chief executive officer, had stepped down with immediate affect, after the company reported that its revenue for the quarter ended June 29 […]

Symantec cripples Windows XP with defective update

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - July 17th, 2012

Symantec last week crippled a large number of Windows XP machines when it shipped customers a defective update to its antivirus software, the company acknowledged Friday. “After a full evaluation and root cause […]

Botnet shutdowns cause big 2011 spam drop, Symantec finds

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - May 2nd, 2012

Botnet shutdowns have stemmed the Internet spam flood, taking daily message volumes back to levels last seen as long ago as 2006, Symantec has reported in its 2011 Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR). Worldwide levels […]

Symantec: Small-company security problems can threaten large corporate nets

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - May 1st, 2012

Attackers used smaller businesses with less stringent security as gateways to their ultimate targets – large corporations or governments that hold valuable secrets, according to a Symantec report on internet security. In addition, adversaries target […]

Dubai Islamic Bank deploys Symantec Data Loss Prevention

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - March 21st, 2012

Dubai Islamic Bank has deployed Symantec Data Loss Prevention to enhance its protection, discovery and management of confidential data, Symantec announced today in collaboration with partner HelpAG. Symantec said the implementation has resulted […]

EES achieves Symantec specialisations

Contributor by Contributor - March 12th, 2012

Emitac Enterprise Solutions (EES), a provider of technology solutions, today announced that it has achieved not one, but two Symantec Specialization in the areas of Data Protection and Archiving and eDiscovery. These Specializations […]

Emitac gains two Symantec specialisations

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - March 10th, 2012

Emitac Enterprise Solutions today announced that it has achieved Symantec specialisations in the areas of Data Protection and Archiving and eDiscovery. The specialisations recognise Emitac’s work in Symantec’s NetBackup and Enterprise Vault product […]

Symantec announces new approach to data backup

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - March 8th, 2012

Symantec today announced new cloud-based data solutions, which it said deliver a new approach to modernising backup and recovery for companies in the region. NetBackup 7.5 and Backup Exec 2012 are software solutions […]

Current security models are not prepared for social enterprise: Salem, Symantec

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - February 29th, 2012

Current IT security must change to protect the new generation of social enterprise, said Enrique Salem, president and CEO at Symantec, today at the RSA Conference 2012. Salem referred to ‘digital natives’ revolutionising […]

Top 5 information management and backup trend predictions for 2012: Symantec

CNME Staff by CNME Staff - February 16th, 2012

“Backup Fights Back in 2012” You can’t call backup boring anymore. Data is exploding year on year. The backup market is growing fast. What used to be considered a mature and slow growth […]

Symantec admits security threat after hack attack

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - January 18th, 2012

Symantec yesterday admitted that its own network was compromised, after previously denying the source code theft of some of its flagship security products. Symantec had before stated an unnamed “third party entity” as the […]

Symantec turns to cloud with LiveOffice acquisition

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - January 17th, 2012

Symantec has acquired LiveOffice, a provider of cloud-based data archiving and storage, for $115 million, the companies announced yesterday. Symantec said the acquisition will allow it to add to its information governance products […]

Symantec confirms source cod leak in enterprise security products

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - January 8th, 2012

Symantec confirmed, just before the start of the Middle East weekend, that source code used in two of its older enterprise security products was publicly exposed by hackers this week. In a statement, […]

Kuwait’s Alghanim industries deploys Symantec’s Altris Management Suite

Pallavi Sharma by Pallavi Sharma - December 12th, 2011

Symantec today announced that Alghanim Industries, one of the largest privately-owned companies in the Gulf, has implemented Symantec’s Altiris Management Suite to streamline deployment and management of over  4,000 of its endpoints in […]

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