MessageLabs, now part of Symantec

MessageLabs, now part of Symantec, provides a range of managed services to protect, control, encrypt and archive electronic communications. Listed as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant and many other analyst reports, and with more than 19,000 clients ranging from small business to the Fortune 500 located in more than 86 countries, MessageLabs services are widely recognized as a market leader in the messaging and web security market.

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Whitepaper: SMB Threat Awareness Poll

by MessageLabs, now part of SymantecNov 17, 2011

Information is the lifeblood of most organizations, and SMBs are managing more of it than ever before. Personal customer information, proprietary product information and employee credentials are among the valuable items cybercriminals have set their sights on.

This information has become as valuable to criminals as cash, and they are developing more creative and effective ways to steal it. From attacks kits to phishing to social engineering scams, criminals are setting their sights on SMBs.

A secure, operational network lies at the heart of any successful business. The goal of every SMB is to keep valuable data secure in the face of growing attacks. How well you protect yourself against these attacks can mean the difference between a successful year and the failure of the company itself.

Symantec conducted its SMB Threat Awareness Poll in September 2011, asking 1,900 SMBs how familiar they are with threats, and what they are doing to protect themselves. The results show that organizations are aware of the threats, but they feel that their small size makes them less vulnerable to attack. This, in turn, means SMBs are not doing everything they could to secure their valuable information.

Whitepaper: Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition Trialware

by MessageLabs, now part of SymantecNov 16, 2011

Focus on your business and let Symantec focus on your security needs. Click to download and trial downloading this security software designed specifically for small businesses.

Whitepaper: Endpoint Protection Performance Benchmarks

by MessageLabs, now part of SymantecNov 10, 2011

Whose endpoint protection solution is fastest and whose is fittest? PassMark Software® conducted objective performance testing on five Small Business Endpoint Protection products on Windows 7 between September 2010 and January 2011.

The five products; ESET NOD32 Antivirus, Kaspersky Business Space Security, McAfee Total Protection for Endpoint Essentials, Trend Micro Worry Free Business Security and Symantec Endpoint Protection; were benchmarked using thirteen performance metrics to assess product performance and system impact on the endpoint or client machine. Find out who topped the list.

Whitepaper: Case Study: Green Toy Store Eliminates Virus Outbreaks and Reduces Security Management Time

by MessageLabs, now part of SymantecNov 10, 2011

As a small business, Treehouse in the Glen had difficulties securing their four laptops and POS system because each was loaded with several different security products that provided incomplete protection.

Review this case study to discover how they experienced faster system performance with zero virus outbreaks and were able to reduce security management time from three hours to 15 minutes per week.

Whitepaper: Email Protection Buyer's Guide: Choosing the Right Solution for Strategic Deployment of Email Encryption

by MessageLabs, now part of SymantecJun 01, 2011

Email is an essential business tool that helps organizations to efficiently communicate -both internally with colleagues and externally with customers, clients, and partners. Yet with this vital tool comes the specter of sensitive data exposure caused by sending unprotected email.

The risk goes wherever unprotected email is transmitted or is stored -including the Internet, cloud-based services, servers, desktop PCs, laptops, and mobile smartphones. The exposure of customer data, intellectual property, or legally protected data such as financial or personal health information can trigger penalties, lawsuits, damage to an organization's brand, and loss of business.

Every organization should address these risks by protecting sensitive email, and the most effective way to do that is with email encryption.

This buyer's guide presents selection criteria to help technical buyers of information technology choose the right solution for strategic deployment of email encryption.

Whitepaper: Two-Factor Authentication: A Total Cost of Ownership Viewpoint

by MessageLabs, now part of SymantecJun 01, 2011

Enterprises have traditionally used two-factor authentication (2FA) to secure access to corporate resources remotely. Due to their relative ease of use and familiar end-user paradigm, One-Time Password or OTP-based solutions are the most widely used 2FA solution deployed by enterprises today.

As 2FA vendors and Enterprise IT professionals gain experience deploying these solutions, the true cost or "total cost of ownership" (TCO) becomes apparent, and can be estimated quite accurately across different authentication solutions. This White Paper will focus specifically on various OTP-based authentication solutions and will help IT professionals identify the key components that contribute to their total cost of ownership.

Research Report: Ponemon Data Breach Report

by MessageLabs, now part of SymantecJun 01, 2011

The Ponemon Institute proudly presents the 2010 U.S. Cost of a Data Breach, the sixth annual study concerning the cost of data breach incidents for U.S.-based companies sponsored by Symantec Corporation.

The average organizational cost of a data breach increased to $7.2 million and cost companies an average of $214 per compromised record, markedly higher when compared to $204 in 2009.

The study also found that for the second straight year organizations' need to respond rapidly to data breaches drove the associated costs higher. The sixth annual Ponemon Cost of a Data Breach report is based on the actual data breach experiences of 51 U.S. companies from 15 different industry sectors.

Whitepaper: Anatomy of a Data Breach: Why Breaches Happen and What to Do About It

by MessageLabs, now part of SymantecJun 01, 2011

For companies that have critical information assets such as customer data, intellectual property, trade secrets, and proprietary corporate data, the risk of a data breach is now higher than ever before.

In fact, more electronic records were breached in 2008 than in the previous four years combined. This growth in data breaches should come as no surprise. In a world where data is everywhere, it has become harder than ever for organizations to protect their confidential information. Complex, heterogeneous IT environments make data protection and threat response very difficult. Yet today's businesses depend on their security teams to ensure that collaboration and sharing by an increasingly mobile workforce remains safe and secure.

While the continuing onslaught of data breaches is well documented, what is far less understood is why data breaches happen and what can be done to prevent them. This paper examines the three most common causes of data breaches-well-meaning insiders, targeted attacks from outside the organization, and malicious insiders and then illustrates each cause to show that breaches can occur in.

Whitepaper: 5 Essential Steps for Implementing Strong Authentication in the Enterprise

by MessageLabs, now part of SymantecJun 01, 2011

Corporations are increasingly extending access to corporate data in order to run their businesses more effectively. In the process, however, one could say that they are locking the doors but opening windows through the use of technologies like mobile computing, data sharing, SaaS and Web 2.0 applications.

Even when enterprises recognize the need for strong authentication, they continue to be misinformed about costs or ease of deployment and use associated with strong authentication. Research has shown that strong authentication doesn't cost any more than password management, and can often save companies money by reducing Help Desk expenditures while providing greater security and eliminating the need for exhaustive password policies.

This white paper provides an in-depth look at the realities of what two factor authentication has evolved into today, and in doing so recommends five key steps that businesses should take when re-evaluating their access security policies.

Whitepaper: 2010 Annual Study: U.S. Enterprise Encryption Trends

by MessageLabs, now part of SymantecMar 18, 2011

This 2010 Ponemon Institute benchmark study, sponsored by Symantec Corporation, shows in its fifth annual study concerning encryption trends for U.S.based companies that data breaches continue to have serious financial consequences on organizations.

This year�s report, entitled 2010 Annual Study: U.S. Enterprise Encryption Trends, found that for the first time, regulatory compliance has surpassed data breach mitigation as the main driver behind implementation of encryption technologies.

This study tracks the use of encryption in U.S. organizations and the perceptions IT practitioners have about the value of encryption in safeguarding sensitive and confidential information. It focuses on identifying trends in encryption use, planning strategies, budgeting, and deployment methodologies in enterprise IT. This year�s survey draws on the experience and insight of 964 U.S.-based IT and business managers, analysts, and executives from 15 industry sectors. Thirty-eight percent of respondents were at the director level or higher.

The survey addressed the following topics:
� The maturity of an organization�s IT security and data protection program
� How encryption is used in organizations
� Encryption features organizations consider most important
� If organizations use a platform approach to managing encryption solutions
� How encryption relates to organizations� risk management efforts
� How important encryption is to the safeguarding of data on mobile devices

To see the results of this study, download the report today.