Cool compliance from Symantec

Symantec is driving home the compliance message to Middle East customers, explaining why it is such an important topic for organisations to consider.

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By  Published  November 30, 2006

Symantec is driving home the compliance message to Middle East customers, explaining why it is such an important topic for organisations to consider.

Ruth Bowen, head of Symantec’s EMEA compliance team, said: “Compliance is now a very important topic for all organisations. In a recent security survey by Ernst & Young, 80% of those that had invested in compliance solutions also said that they had much better IT security as a result.”

Symantec’s IT compliance solutions offer customers proactive policy enforcement plus automated archiving and data retention, part of the vendor’s three-pronged approach to compliance, which involves defining, controlling and governing the IT environment. “Organisations understand that compliance solutions are more than just meeting regulations. It demonstrates to stakeholders and customers that an organization is committed to keeping its infrastructure running and protecting its data,” added Bowen. Symantec is seeing strong interest in compliance solutions from Middle East customers this week. Kevin Isaac, regional director MENA, explained: “Ruth and the rest of the EMEA compliance team are really focusing on the Middle East. Banks and financial institutions are investing in these solutions. They are dealing with companies in the West and have to comply with cross-border agreements.”

Symantec is also showcasing its latest consumer security products including Norton Confidential, which removes known crimeware, blocks suspicious programmes and inspects websites to make sure they are not fakes. Vincent Steckler, VP global consumer and small business at Symantec, has been talking to partners about the vendor’s latest offerings.

“The nature of threats is changing,” said Steckler. “We’re not seeing so many viruses like the ‘Melissa’ and ‘I Love You’ virus partly because security software has improved so much. But we are now seeing organised crime in terms of people targeting users and attempting to crack in to consumers’ PCs and using the information for financial gain.” “Symantec is a market leader; we are twice as big as all of our competitors combined with 65% market share and the most trusted brands,” concluded Steckler.

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