Risk management at forefront for Symantec

Symantec CEO John Thompson discusses future trends and company focus at Symantec Vision EMEA, reports Sean Robson from The Hague, Netherlands

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By  Sean Robson in The Hague Published  October 7, 2008

Symantec CEO John Thompson has identified information risk management as one of his company’s key focuses looking into the future.

Thompson, in his keynote address at the Symantec Vision conference, emphasised the importance of not only protecting the critical information in an organisation but also less important data at better prices.

“The focus is increasingly moving towards the securing and managing of unstructured information in the enterprise. Security must be information-centric and policy driven which will in turn help not only to reduce threats but also reduce costs,” said Thompson.

Thompson discussed the need for organisations to do a much more effective job in terms of managing, securing and protecting data. He also elaborated on a number of key trends that Symantec has identified including the transition from tape-based storage to disk-based recovery and back-up along with the issues of governance, green IT and what he called the ‘consumerisation’ of IT.

“IT has to adapt to fulfill the role of business driver and so professionals will need to look at the acknowledgement of risk but take steps to mitigate those risk sand threats. I believe this concept will change the way IT professionals will deliver services across the infrastructure,” explained Thompson.

He went on to say that Symantec believe that they offer not only the strategies but also the solutions and teams to meet the demands that the trends will make on enterprises. “We have a number of new products and solutions as well as the current ones that will allow clients to address these trends. We are also constantly looking for ways to share these technologies across the portfolio,” said Thompson.

Thompson touched on the area of storage management as a growth opportunity for Symantec and the opportunity for them to do much more in that space, while at the same time touting their endpoint virtualisation management product as the most robust in the marketplace.

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