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 …

CNME hosts fifth annual Network World ME Awards

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 25th, 2014

CNME hosted its fifth annual Network World ME awards last night at the Godolphin Ballroom in Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

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.

The ‘mobile first’ approach

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 17th, 2014

Will CIOs be forced to take a ‘mobility first’ approach to building networks and is the Middle East really ready to put mobile first?

The ‘mobile first’ approach

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 3rd, 2014

IDC recently predicted that CIOs will be forced to take a ‘mobility first’ approach to building networks, whereby mobility solutions and BYOD policies are integrated into infrastructures. How accurate is this prediction, and is the Middle East really ready to put mobile first?

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.

FireEye: Cyber warfare defined by espionage and proxy conflicts

John E Dunn by John E Dunn - January 16th, 2014

The world is still in the foothills of the cyberwar era but already online confrontation is being defined by an unstable and possibly dangerous mixture of proxy conflicts and old-fashioned espionage, mixed with lower-level digital activism, security firm FireEye has said.

Cloud’s worst-case scenario: what to do if your provider goes bust

Brandon Butler by Brandon Butler - January 9th, 2014

Last September customers of storage provider Nirvanix got what could be worst-case scenario news for a cloud user: The company was going out of business and they had to get data out, fast.

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.”

NSS Labs: cybercriminals have access to 100 zero-day flaws on any day

John E Dunn by John E Dunn - December 9th, 2013

On any given day cybercriminals and nation states are in possession of as many as 100 zero-day software exploits known only to them, NSS Labs has calculated using the commercial vulnerability market as a baseline.

The Way Forward

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - December 4th, 2013

When it comes to security, it seems everyone’s in a state of perpetual panic. Whether it’s mobile malware, BYOD or hacktivism, over the course of 2013 the issue of protecting valuable information and resisting attack has inspired a dizzying and persistent challenge.

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.

IBM acquires Fiberlink as mobile-security strategy lynchpin

Ellen Messmer by Ellen Messmer - November 14th, 2013

IBM yesterday announced an agreement to acquire Fiberlink Communications, saying the purchase is a key part of a broader mobile-security strategy to provide assurance in transactions conducted via devices such as iPhones and Android smartphones.

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.

ATM malware may spread from Mexico to English-speaking world

Jeremy Kirk by Jeremy Kirk - October 28th, 2013

A malicious software program found in ATMs in Mexico has been improved and translated into English, which suggests it may be used elsewhere, according to security vendor Symantec.

Security company scours ‘Dark Web’ for stolen data

Jeremy Kirk by Jeremy Kirk - October 1st, 2013

Alex Holden, founder of security company Hold Security, is in the business of bringing companies bad news.

Fake AdBlock Plus app removed from Google’s Play store

Jeremy Kirk by Jeremy Kirk - October 1st, 2013

Google has removed an application from its Play store that purported to be AdBlock Plus, a well-known application that blocks online ads.

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.

China-based hacking group behind hundreds of attacks on U.S. companies

Jaikumar Vijayan by Jaikumar Vijayan - September 18th, 2013

A group of between 50 and 100 professional hackers operating out of China has been systematically targeting businesses, military and government agencies around the world since at least 2009, security vendor Symantec said in a report released on Tuesday.

What the iPhone 5S and 5C and iOS7 offer the enterprise

Matt Hamblen by Matt Hamblen - September 12th, 2013

Much of what Apple offers enterprise workers and their IT departments in the new iPhone 5S and 5C comes by virtue of its new iOS 7, first announced in June.

US carried out 231 ‘cyber-operations’ in 2011 alone, leaked documents show

John E Dunn by John E Dunn - September 5th, 2013

The US is engaged in a wide-ranging campaign of cyber-operations against foreign targets, launching over 200 in 2011 alone, budget documents leaked by Edward Snowden to the Washington Post have confirmed.  The US is …

VMware spotlights key NSX security tool for deploying security software and services

Ellen Messmer by Ellen Messmer - August 29th, 2013

VMware’s NSX network virtualization platform, expected out by year end, will have a key security tool for deploying security software and services to VMware-based virtual machines.

‘Instagram for PC’ application is a marketing scam

Jeremy Kirk by Jeremy Kirk - August 21st, 2013

An advertisement circulating on Facebook and Twitter for a desktop version of the photo-sharing application Instagram is a scam, according to security vendor Symantec.

Riverbed introduces enterprise-class server and data consolidation solution

CNME Staff by CNME Staff - August 20th, 2013

Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, in July introduced a new release of its groundbreaking Riverbed Granite product family that delivers an enterprise-class solution for server and data consolidation in the Middle East.

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad Helix flips Ultrabook expectations

Serdar Yegulalp by Serdar Yegulalp - August 19th, 2013

“Convertible” Ultrabooks – full-fledged laptops that can also function as touch-driven tablets – have become something of a commodity these days, so my attention goes to the manufacturers who can do something flashy and new with the idea. Enter Lenovo’s ThinkPad Helix, a highly usable tablet-laptop aimed at “businesses, vertical and educational markets, as well as the technology enthusiast.”

Google patches Android after Bitcoin wallet issue

Jeremy Kirk by Jeremy Kirk - August 15th, 2013

Google is distributing patches for a cryptography flaw in Android that may affect hundreds of thousands of applications. The patches have been passed to partners belonging to the Open Handset Alliance, a trade …

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.

New Android malware lowers the bar for cyber-criminals

Antone Gonsalves by Antone Gonsalves - July 17th, 2013

The first tools for injecting legitimate Android apps with open-source software that allows an attacker to control an infected smartphone remotely have been found in the criminal underground.

Shadowlock ransom Trojan demands victims fill in survey for unlock key

John E. Dunn by John E. Dunn - July 16th, 2013

Symantec has discovered a bizarre ransom Trojan that eschews the usual demand for payment in favour of asking its victims to fill in an online survey to get an unlock code.

Enterprise anti-virus software test puts Kaspersky software out front, Microsoft at bottom

Ellen Mesmmer by Ellen Mesmmer - July 15th, 2013

Dennis Technology Labs said the most accurate product was Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Windows.

You have 1 new hack request

Joe Lipscombe by Joe Lipscombe - July 8th, 2013

If 3,370,780 UAE residents use Facebook, and 80 percent of those replicate their passwords for other accounts, then the opportunity for cyber theft and hackers to infiltrate personal accounts is extremely high.

Kaspersky Lab MD resigns, announces immediate replacement

Joe Lipscombe by Joe Lipscombe - July 8th, 2013

Kaspersky Lab’s regional managing director, Tarek Kuzbari, has announced that he has resigned from his post and that corporate sales manager, Khalid Abu Baker, has replaced him with immediate effect. In an exclusive …

South Korea hit by disk wiping attack blamed on ‘DarkSeoul’ gang

John E. Dunn by John E. Dunn - July 2nd, 2013

South Korea has come under attack from a vicious new disk-wiping Trojan that is almost certainly part of a long-term campaign against organisations in the country, Symantec has said.

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.

The dilemma

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - June 25th, 2013

When the Commercial Bank of Dubai’s storage capacity was running out, it faced a dilemma familiar to many — increase capacity and face the maintenance costs, or take on a complete technology refresh.

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.

Bank of England ranks cyber-attacks above Eurozone crisis as biggest threat

Matthew Finnegan by Matthew Finnegan - June 17th, 2013

Cyber-attacks have risen to the top of the list of threats for UK banks according to the Bank of England’s director of financial stability, Andrew Haldane, but understanding and management of the risk is still at an “early stage”.

Android anti-virus products a big flop, researchers say

Bob Brown by Bob Brown - June 9th, 2013

Android smartphones and tablets are under attack, and the most popular tools developed to protect them are easily circumvented, according to new research from Northwestern University and the University of North Carolina. The …

  • Hands-on: New iPhones pack big features in thin package

    Few announcements summon as much attention as a brand new iPhone, and this year, for the second time in as many years, Apple gave us two models of its smartphone to pore over. I got my mitts on the newest mobile devices in the hands-on area after Tuesday’s event.

  • Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    They say that good things come in small packages—diamond rings, the crown jewels, keys to an exotic villa. When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, big is beautiful, writes James Dartnell.

  • Acer takes on the Nexus 7 with 7.9″ Intel tablet

    The new A1-830 tablet ticks all of the right boxes for people interested in a functional tablet sporting the sub 8-inch form factor. The tablet sports a 7.9-in, 1024×768 resolution screen at a 4:3 screen ratio; ideal for web browsing and reading e-books.

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