Photo - (from left):Philip Routley, Head of SMB Product Marketing, Asia Pacific and Japan, Symantec; and Avinash Lotke, Director of Strategic Sales, Asia Pacific and Japan, Symantec.
According to security solutions firm Symantec, Malaysian small and medium businesses can now switch between cloud-delivered or on-premise endpoint security without charge with the latest release of Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) Small Business Edition 2013.
Symantec director of strategic sales, Asia Pacific and Japan, Avinash Lotke said that the new release allows small and medium businesses (SMBs) to move to the cloud without adding complexity to their environment.
"Cyber attacks have doubled against SMBs, climbing to 36 percent of all targeted attacks in June this year," said Lotke. "Investing in security is important especially as the attacks on small businesses have doubled from 18 to 36 percent between 2011 and 2012," Lotke said. "SMBs are regarded as easy targets because of lack of skills and investment in robust security. Secondly, SMBs are seen as easy money and thirdly SMBs are seen as a stepping stone into enterprise networks."
"There is a correlation between a rise in attacks against small companies and a drop in attacks against larger ones," said Lotke. Targeted attacks against SMBs (50 percent) are similar to attacks against enterprises from hackers," he said. "Malware variants are up by 41 percent, according to Symantec Internet Security Threat Report 2011. The changing of signatures and modes of attack show even more smart behaviour by attackers."
"SMBs are the weakest link in the supply chain," Lotke said. "According to House Small Business Committee report, most Fortune 500 global businesses each have an average of 60 alliances with smaller companies, he said. "While SMBs in Malaysia ranked data loss and cyber attacks as top business risks, they are still facing challenges in securing their businesses as buying, deploying and managing security systems are becoming increasingly complicated. Symantec's announcement today demonstrates our commitment to simplifying information protection for SMBs."
More than three quarters of SMBs in Malaysia have reported suffering from cyber attacks [Malaysia Findings, Symantec SMB Information Protection Survey, June 2010]. "As a result, SMBs need scalable, easy-to-deploy and easy-to-manage security solutions to protect against the onslaught of malware and Web-based attacks targeting their business," said Symantec head of SMB product marketing, Asia Pacific and Japan, Philip Routley.
BYOD should not mean 'Bring Your Own Disaster'
"Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 2013 addresses these requirements by installing in minutes, protecting against viruses and malware, and updating automatically to deliver critical protection for laptops, desktops, and file servers," said Routley.
"Hacking tools can now be bought 'off the shelf' and phishing attacks are being skillfully enforced with social engineering," he said. "BYOD should not mean bring your own disaster, as mobile devices are particularly vulnerable. Mobile threats expose all companies but SMBs are especially open to attack as their budgets often stretch to 'just-good-enough' solutions, which may no longer be good enough by tomorrow. A cyber attack can destroy your business in minutes."
"Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 2013 offers SMBs the choice of a cloud-managed service or on-premise management in a single product," said Routley. "This product enables SMBs to quickly and easily protect information by eliminating complexity in their environment, giving them the freedom to very simply move to the cloud when they're ready, at no additional cost."
"According to Forrester ['The Accidental Entrepreneur', custom study for Symantec, May 2012], 63 percent of SMBs do not have full-time IT staff, so the drive to cloud services is being seriously considered, he said.
In the study, other drivers behind cloud adoption include:
- Free up IT resources: 18 percent
- Speed of implementation/deployment: 25 percent
- Lower overall costs: 50 percent
- Substitute costs with regular monthly payments: 15 percent
"The cloud-managed service of the new 2013 edition sets up in minutes without specialised staff or training," said Routley. "There is no hardware to install or upgrade, as everything happens effortlessly over the Web. The user-friendly, Web-based console allows SMBs to change security settings, set up alerts, and view reports with just a few clicks, and local security updates deliver better bandwidth optimisation."
"Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 2013 is supported by the Symantec Partner Management Console, which allows partners to easily monitor and manage their customers' environments using cloud-managed deployments of Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 2013 and Symantec Backup Exec cloud through a single Web-based portal," he said.
Pricing and Availability
SMBs currently using a competing endpoint security product may qualify for discounted pricing on Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 2013. Symantec customers using a different Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition product may qualify for discounted pricing when switching to the new product.
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