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Agents of Change: Symantec

Jack Loo | Jan. 30, 2013
Singapore’s IDA unveiled its Infocomm Technology Roadmap outlining nine technology trends that will shape the future. We asked various enterprise IT heavyweights for their perspectives on the Roadmap, and next up, we have Symantec.

Today, 20 percent of business information in Singapore is being stored in the cloud and we continue to see cloud adoption increasing at an unprecedented rate across all industries. However, companies of all sizes will need to adopt better cloud management tools to protect their data because cloud outage problems will get worse before they get better.

The advantages in cost and agility presented by cloud computing are leading to significant use of the cloud to store business information. Between public, private and hybrid deployments, 20 percent of business information in Singapore is being stored in the cloud. Advanced cyber attacks by governments and crime syndicates will likely target highly profitable data centres and high profile clouds.

In the face of these new challenges, we see organisations of all sizes needing rigorous cloud approach and industry leading partners to help navigate through the cloud complexities. These organisations will be looking to harness the power of the cloud in three ways: either extend their IT to leverage third party clouds, build their own private and public clouds or consume cloud services.

Symantec has been working with many Singapore SMBs to address their security and even storage needs. Putting this into perspective, PSB Academy, a leading private education institution in Singapore, had to migrate to in-house IT platforms quickly with minimal disruptions to business operations or student learning.


PSB Academy deployed services (Symantec Endpoint and Symantec MessageLabs Email to protect its computers, communications and data across its IT network. The successful implementation of these solutions enabled PSB Academy, with a population of close to 10,000 students, to achieve a 70 percent reduction in time spent on administration and a massive reduction in the volume of spam.

Cyber Security

Securing the enterprise is never easy. Fuelled by the heightened number of attacks and an ever-changing threat landscape, the challenge has reached new levels of complexity. In the face of this mounting and continually morphing threat landscape, security professionals need to recognise that traditional signature-based protection no longer provides adequate protection; scanning files for fingerprints and cross-referencing them against a database of known virus strains will leave their systems exposed.

Instead, security solutions have to enable strategic IT initiatives designed to enhance and deliver value, not stand in the way. Those charged with protecting the enterprise need to embrace more proactive forms of protection that take the battle against malware to the next level, safeguarding against never-before-seen threats and remediating strains that are not well-documented members of the threat landscape.

The latest Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) release (SEP 12.1.2) is architected on a multi-point security foundation. It is also differentiated by SONAR (Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response), the only behaviour-based protection available on the market. SONAR combines the classification of nearly 1,400 file behaviours with artificial intelligence and human-authored signatures to provide zero-day protection against new and previously unknown threats.


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