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65 Percent of Targeted Attacks are Launched Against Small and Mid-sized Businesses to Steal Confidential Customer Information for Financial Gain
 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ:SYMC), the global leader in cyber security, today introduced Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud, a new solution for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) to protect them from targeted attacks and ransomware. According to the latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, 65 percent of all targeted attacks struck small and mid-sized organizations in 20151 to steal valuable company information. Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud gives SMB owners enterprise-grade protection in a solution that can be set up in less than five minutes and operated by someone with general IT knowledge.

“With Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud, we’re providing a cloud-based solution with all the features necessary to keep our SMB customers’ information secure without over-taxing already stretched IT departments.”

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Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud is for organizations with fewer than 1,000 employees that are looking for an effective way to protect corporate and personal devices on the corporate network. Gartner indicated that by 2018, 95 percent of global enterprises will have both a Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) and a formal Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) plan in place2. This expected flood of new devices will put increasing pressure on businesses with limited IT resources.

“Attackers no longer aim just for the Fortune 500. Small and mid-sized business owners must adopt the same vigilance against advanced attacks and deploy the same modern defense capabilities found in enterprise solutions like machine learning to protect their businesses,” said Javed Hasan, vice president of engineering at Symantec. “With Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud, we’re providing a cloud-based solution with all the features necessary to keep our SMB customers’ information secure without over-taxing already stretched IT departments.”

Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud offers customers:

  • Layered detection controls to protect endpoints from threats that are powered by advanced machine learning techniques and Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network
  • Easy set up and deployment in under five minutes
  • One place to manage all devices, including: PCs, laptops, mobile phones, tablets and servers across Windows, Mac, iOS and Android
  • A reduction in IT administrative support with a self-service portal that allows employees to add new devices for protection
  • Real-time updates on threat activity and compliance with a simple and easy to read dashboard
  • Protection for up to five devices per employee under a single license fee

“Symantec’s SEP Cloud brings to bear a rich set of features, including advanced threat prevention capabilities, delivered efficiently from the cloud, representing a solution that organizations seeking efficacy and efficiency should consider3,” said Doug Cahill, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group.

Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud provides a single cloud-based console for endpoint protection, management, mobility and encryption, bringing users a solution that simplifies management and reduces total cost of operation, typical pain points for SMBs.

“To remain successful in today’s dynamic threat landscape, small and mid-sized businesses require the same robust technology built for larger businesses but with the ease-of-use and price point that enables them to protect themselves and their most valuable data assets,” said Jason Bystrak, executive director, North America, Ingram Micro Cloud. “We are pleased to add Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud to the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace portfolio as a key security solution for our reseller partners.”

Availability

Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud is available in the U.S. now and globally by the end of the year. Additional information can be viewed here.

Additional Resources

  • The Need for Endpoint Security Report
  • Cloud Security and Cost Benefits Infographic
  • SEP Cloud Product Overview Video

About Symantec

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) is the global leader in cyber security. Operating one of the world’s largest cyber intelligence networks, we see more threats and protect more customers from the next generation of attacks. We help companies, governments and individuals secure their most important data wherever it lives.

1 Source: Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, April 2016. https://www.symantec.com/content/dam/symantec/docs/reports/istr-21-2016-en.pdf

2 Gartner: Implement BYOD, CYOD and COPE to Serve All Employees, Report # G00290937, Leif-Olof Wallin, Oct, 2015

3 ESG, Operationally Efficient Advanced Endpoint Security with Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) Cloud, Sept, 2016

Solutions Available via GSA and SEWP Contracts through immixGroup to Simplify Federal Procurement
 

NEW YORK – MobileGuard, Inc., a pioneer in mobile archiving and compliance, today announced that the company’s unified and comprehensive mobile communication compliance solutions are now available to buyers in the Federal marketplace. Through its relationship with immixGroup, Inc., an Arrow company, a value-added distributor that specializes in providing government agencies with cutting edge enterprise technology solutions, MobileGuard’s solutions will be offered via GSA Schedule 70 and Solution for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) contract vehicles.

“Text messaging has emerged as a critical form of communication within the Federal Government, and as its ubiquity and importance continues to grow, so must the ability of agencies to log and audit these communications in order to comply with necessary regulations”

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MobileGuard’s mobile communications compliance solutions provide organizations with unified, real-time alerts and capabilities to capture, monitor, archive and analyze text and SMS communications across all mobile operating systems, including Apple iOS and Android. Using MobileGuard, Federal, State and Local agencies will have access to SMS/MMS logging and auditing capabilities via the most robust electronic communication compliance platform available. These agencies will be able to easily comply with text/SMS messaging regulations and add a level of transparency into employee communications across the most popular mobile devices.

Key MobileGuard Capabilities Include:

  • Ability to capture SMS and MMS messages on iPhones and other mobile devices
  • App and no-App options
  • Easy provisioning via text message
  • Conversation threading available
  • FIPS 140-2 compliant cloud-hosted and on premise deployment options available

“Text messaging has emerged as a critical form of communication within the Federal Government, and as its ubiquity and importance continues to grow, so must the ability of agencies to log and audit these communications in order to comply with necessary regulations,” said Todd Michael Cohan, chief executive officer of MobileGuard. “Through our relationship with immixGroup enabling us to leverage their GSA and SEWP contracts, MobileGuard is making it as easy as possible for government agencies to quickly comply with Open Records laws and gain visibility into inter-personnel communications.”

MobileGuard’s full product line includes NetGuard, SecureChat and MessageGuard solutions:

  • NetGuard: A network solution allowing text message archiving with no on-device apps required. Currently available on AT&T and Verizon Wireless in the United States.
  • SecureChat: An iOS app providing a solution for BYOD environments. The app provides a virtual number, secure app-to-app messaging as well as phone calls and text messaging with any phone number. Works on any carrier.
  • MessageGuard: For Android and Blackberry devices, this app enables users to use native text messaging tools and archive those communications as well as call logs and GPS data. Works on any carrier.

MobileGuard integrates with the major mobile device management (MDM) solutions, making provisioning efficient in large deployments. MobileGuard also offers integrations with a wide range of email-archiving solutions – allowing MobileGuard to distribute the text message archives to destinations where email, social media and other messaging data is reviewed.

Federal, State, and Local agencies can obtain information about MobileGuard GSA Schedule 70 contract services on the GSA Advantage website at: www.gsaadvantage.gov (Contract Number: GS-35F-0511T) or by contacting immixGroup directly at (703) 752-0610.

GSA is a centralized federal procurement agency that serves to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. It establishes long-term, government-wide contracts with commercial vendors to streamline and standardize the process of procuring products and services for the entire Federal government.

About MobileGuard, Inc.

MobileGuard is the most experienced provider of mobile communication monitoring and archiving solutions for Android, Apple iPhone, Windows and Blackberry devices. The solution suite ensures compliance with all relevant regulatory bodies such as FINRA, SEC 17-4, HIPAA, Dodd-Frank, FCA and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. MobileGuard compliance solutions provide monitoring, capturing, logging, archiving, supervision and alerting of all communications on company mobile devices. MobileGuard’s solutions are provided as either a hosted platform or in the customer’s environment. To learn more, please visit https://www.mobileguard.com.

Perceived Certification Value Varies by Discipline; Leaders and Professionals Agree That Companies Should Pay for Certifications

HANOVER, Md. – TEKsystems®, a leading provider of IT staffing solutions, IT talent management expertise and IT services, today released the findings of a survey that explores the validity, perceived value and compensation impact of technology certifications. More than 300 IT leaders (i.e., chief information officers, IT vice presidents, IT directors, IT hiring managers) and 900 IT professionals were polled.

Perceived Certification Value Varies; Leaders and Pros Agree That Companies Should Pay for Certifications

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Key findings from the survey were:

Organizations Exposed to Certification Inflation

Almost half of IT leaders rarely—if at all—verify candidates’ certifications; IT professionals lax on accuracy

       
IT Leaders Always/Often Sometimes Rarely/Never

How often do you verify workers
certifications?

 26% 25% 49%
IT Professionals Always/Often Sometimes Rarely/Never

IT professionals: How often are certifications
accurately reflected on your resume?

 52% 41% 7%
  • TEKsystems’ Take: Only 26 percent of IT leaders always/often verify certifications, with just 52 percent of IT professionals indicating they always/often represent their certifications accurately on their resumes. Together, these findings point to a staggeringly high percentage of organizations potentially exposed to “certification inflation” during the vetting process. Additionally, feedback indicates that IT professionals may embellish, or “inflate”, their certifications in order to sidestep the automated electronic resume filtering process. This may include omitting certification expiration or “self-certifying” their capabilities based upon work experience, believing their technical proficiency will be adequate for the position. IT leaders who don’t verify a new hire’s certifications expose their organizations to unnecessary risk and inefficiency. With the average time to fill a requirement currently greater than 50 days, hiring an individual who cannot perform as advertised forces organizations to rededicate time and resources towards finding a solution to a preventable problem.

Certification Value Influenced by Time in Market and Rate of Change

IT leaders and professionals in sync on certification value; security far outdistances other areas

 
Competency areas where certifications provide the most value (Stack rank top three)
Ranking Competency area 

% of IT leaders

ranking No. 1–3

 Competency area 

% of IT
professionals
ranking No. 1–3

1 Security 45% Security 43%
2 Programming/development 22% Project management 22%
3 Project management 21% Programming/development 21%
4 Software engineering 10% Software engineering 14%
5 Data analytics 7% Data analytics 12%
6 Cloud 7% Cloud 10%
  • TEKsystems’ Take: With options ranging from emerging to established vendor and third-party backed disciplines, certification in competency areas that have had been around longer, are less subject to change and are more widely adopted are viewed by both IT leaders and professionals as having greater value. Both groups indicated nearly identical value rankings across disciplines, with security far outdistancing any other competency. Certification in areas such as data analytics and cloud computing, though seen as offering great value, are still maturing and being influenced by a greater rate of change. At its baseline, it appears the value of a certification is built upon the foundation of how valuable the core discipline is to the overall organization

Certifications Lessen in Importance for Existing Employees

Leaders view certification as most important while hiring, yet IT professionals see them as the key to career growth

       

IT leaders: How important are technical certifications
when making personnel decisions?

 Important 

Neither important

nor unimportant

 Not important
Hiring 62% 17% 21%
Developing 59% 21% 20%
Promoting 48% 25% 27%
           

Responses

 

Long-term
career
growth

 

Current
compensation
increase

 

Hiring
potential

 

Time
requirement

 Cost

IT professionals: What is the most important
factor in deciding to pursue a certification?

 40% 18% 16% 14% 12%
  • TEKsystems’ Take: One of the most concerning findings is the disconnect between leaders and professionals in regards to which phase of their career certifications provide the most value. Only 16 percent of professionals pursue certifications based on improving their hiring potential, yet IT leaders view certification as playing the most important role in the hiring stage. Additionally, IT leaders see certifications lessening in importance over time, while professionals see improving long-term career growth as the most important factor in pursuing a certification. A point of concern is that additional certifications may extend current expertise and increase job security in current roles, but not necessarily lend themselves to career advancement opportunities.

Certifications are Separate from Salary Considerations

Majority of IT leaders and professionals agree employers should pay for certifications

       

Employers should be expected to pay for
technical certifications

 

Agree

 

Neither agree
nor disagree

 Disagree
IT leaders 65% 23% 12%
IT professionals 74% 19% 7%
       

Employees should take less compensation if
an organization provides free certification

 Agree 

Neither agree
nor disagree

 Disagree
IT leaders 19% 22% 59%
IT professionals 34% 29% 37%
       
Responses Always/Often Sometimes Rarely/Never

IT leaders: How often are certifications
factored into an employee’s salary

 30% 39% 31%

IT professionals: How often do you factor
certifications into your salary compensation
level?

 50% 25% 25%
  • TEKsystems’ Take: The majority of both IT leaders (65 percent) and professionals (74 percent) believe the organization should pay for certifications, while less than one-fifth (19 percent) of IT leaders believe company-sponsored certifications should affect salary. Consistent with this belief is that less than one-third (31 percent) of leaders factor certifications into salary compensation – a reflection that IT leaders view the value of certification to be interwoven with job performance. Conversely, 50 percent of professionals believe that the number of individual certifications should be taken into account in overall salary compensation, reflecting a “collectors” mentality.

“This research highlights areas of agreement and disconnect regarding certifications. The perceived value and impact of certifications vary greatly and clearly points out the importance that accreditation and verification can play,” said TEKsystems Research Manager Jason Hayman. “First, organizations, need to be more diligent in actually verifying certifications in order to avoid getting trapped in a certification shell game. Additionally, IT professionals need to understand that the value of certifications does not end with the accreditation itself, but in their ability as employees to bring that knowledge and expertise to bear on their job responsibilities. Given that a third of IT professionals surveyed have indicated a willingness to trade compensation for certification, they should also be aware that organizations increasingly consider paying for the certifications of their employees as a cost of doing business and that this is much less of a zero sum scenario than it used to be.”

TEKsystems’ Jason Hayman is available for additional commentary. For more information about the survey, or to schedule an interview, please contact Nathan Bowen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About TEKsystems®

People are at the heart of every successful business initiative. At TEKsystems, we understand people. Every year we deploy over 80,000 IT professionals at 6,000 client sites across North America, Europe and Asia. Our deep insights into IT human capital management enable us to help our clients achieve their business goals—while optimizing their IT workforce strategies. We provide IT staffing solutions, IT talent management expertise and IT services to help our clients plan, build and run their critical business initiatives. Through our range of quality-focused delivery models, we meet our clients where they are, and take them where they want to go, the way they want to get there.

TEKsystems. Our people make IT possible.

SAN FRANCISCO – OANDA | Solutions for Business, the corporate-focused business unit of OANDA Corporation, a world’s leading Foreign Exchange (FX) services provider, announced today that it has partnered with FX integration software provider FXLoader, to deliver automated exchange rates data to Oracle ERP customers.

“Updating an ERP system is traditionally a complex and time-consuming process but our tie-up with OANDA provides a simple and cost-effective alternative. Users of these Oracle ERP systems will now have automatic access to the world's largest dataset of currency data, with no disruption or development work.”

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The partnership will enable users of Oracle JDEdwards, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Cloud, and Peoplesoft to retrieve automated exchange rates by connecting OANDA’s API directly with the Oracle ecosystem - removing the need for third party systems or dedicated internal resources.

Mateo Graziosi, Head of Business Development and Partnership, OANDA, commented: “In today’s volatile currency markets, FX is no longer just a footnote on the balance sheet. Our partnership with FXLoader provides the Oracle community with an answer to the increasingly prevalent issue of FX. In an industry fraught with resource intensive solutions, this partnership will provide Oracle users with a lightweight and affordable product that can be implemented almost immediately.”

Peter Care, President and CEO, FXLoader, added: “Updating an ERP system is traditionally a complex and time-consuming process but our tie-up with OANDA provides a simple and cost-effective alternative. Users of these Oracle ERP systems will now have automatic access to the world's largest dataset of currency data, with no disruption or development work.”

The partnership follows a number of integrations that OANDA offers to customers who want to benefit from out-of-the-box solutions to integrate exchange rates data into their business and IT processes.

FXLoader is an Oracle Gold Partner and a supporter of the Oracle user groups OAUG and UKOUG.

About OANDA

With over 20 years of experience in Foreign Exchange (FX), OANDA is today a global leader in the currency market and a world’s trusted source of exchange rates data. The Solutions for Business group specializes in providing corporations with a broad range of FX products, from currency data to global FX settlements, payments, and hedging.

OANDA Corp. has seven offices worldwide, in San Francisco, Toronto, New York, London, Singapore, Tokyo, and Sydney. The company is fully regulated by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the U.S. National Futures Association (NFA), the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA), and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Axis Communications is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the world’s first network video camera, a true Internet of Things device introduced in 1996 that laid the foundation for an industry shift from analog to IP-based video surveillance
 

CHELMSFORD, Mass. – AXIS NetEye 200 was the world’s first network video camera to connect directly to the Internet or an intranet, an extension of Axis Communications’ original focus of connecting printers, and then optical storage devices, to networks. At the time, Axis had pioneered what it called ‘ThinServer’ technology, which drove a shift away from mainframe computers by utilizing more flexible, lightweight servers and was to become the enabling concept behind the Internet of Things (IoT).

“I look forward to seeing what the next 20 years of innovations holds for Axis Communications.”

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Axis’ history in developing network solutions for security has expanded beyond cameras and now includes other IP-based products including physical access control, an IP-based video door station and network audio devices. The underlying concept of connecting everything to the network ties back to Axis’ original roots and has established it as a leader in the emerging IoT segment.

“Looking back over twenty years, we are proud that our original vision of connected devices and smarter networks for a wide range of applications has taken hold in such a broad way,” said Martin Gren, who along with Mikael Karlsson and Keith Bloodworth, founded Axis Communications in 1984. “Little did we know in 1996 that IoT would take off like it has, but are gratified of the role we played as one of the pioneers in this area, especially for security purposes where we have accelerated the shift from analog to digital solutions. It gives us great confidence in how Axis will continue to add value and innovation for the future of connected devices and for making the world a smarter, safer place.”

The first network video camera delivered 1 frame/17 seconds in normal resolution, or 1 fps in CIF resolution. It went on to win several industry awards and laid the foundation for a long litany of innovative network video cameras, encoders and physical access control devices pioneered by Axis Communications. AXIS NetEye 200 served as the first step toward the company’s current industry-leading position as the world’s top supplier of IP-based security solutions, which included milestone introductions such as the security industry’s first HDTV network camera and first thermal network camera that helped accelerate the move from analog to digital video in the security market.

“I am privileged to have been at Axis since 1996, to have worked closely with the founders of this Company and to have watched it grow into what it has become,” said Fredrik Nilsson, VP, Americas, Axis Communications, Inc. “I look forward to seeing what the next 20 years of innovations holds for Axis Communications.”

Within ten years of the introduction of the first network video camera, Axis had reached the one million milestone in network cameras installed worldwide. Today, Axis offers more than 200 network camera models for every need. It has added innovative features for a full scope of high-resolution performance, analytics, mobile monitoring and cloud-based implementations, adding powerful and smart features that have fueled global growth and adoption.

About Axis
Axis offers intelligent security solutions that enable a smarter, safer world. As the market leader in network video, Axis is driving the industry by continually launching innovative network products based on an open platform - delivering high value to customers through a global partner network. Axis has long-term relationships with partners and provides them with knowledge and ground-breaking network products in existing and new markets.

Axis has more than 2,100 dedicated employees in more than 50 countries around the world, supported by a global network of over 80,000 partners. Founded in 1984, Axis is a Sweden-based company listed on NASDAQ Stockholm under the ticker AXIS. For more information about Axis, please visit our website www.axis.com.