Symantec's Growth Strategy for its Next Phase of Industry Leadership

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Friday, January 18, 2019

Since the past couple of decades, there has been a substantial shift in the threat landscape from attackers who seek attention to organized cyber criminals staging crippling attacks. Advanced attacks and poor in-house security expertise have become the challenges in implementing the security strategy to detect, assess, and respond to threats.

Symantec’s Research Lab (SRL) has played a vital role in developing cutting-edge technologies across Symantec’s business areas. Technologies that include are industry leading rootkit protection and innovative browser protection technology that proactively block future exploits of known vulnerabilities. Anti-spam technology, Symantec’s first technology, which is also called as generic exploit blocking technology, blocks the rapidly-spreading threats and helps in the protection of the nation’s critical power grid infrastructure. SRL has also partnered with the external organizations on joint projects with the efforts made by government research institutes and universities.

Symantec has announced the new leadership structure within the enterprise security to position the business segment at its best for next phase of growth and industry leadership. Art Gilland is appointed as the EVP and GM for enterprise products. He served as SVP of software enterprise security products at HP where he played a vital role in managed security services, network security, and security information management systems. Most recently, he served as the CEO at Skyport Systems which was acquired by Cisco Systems.

Marc Andrews has played an exceptional role following Symantec’s acquisition of Bluecoat where he has led worldwide field operations from 2011-2016. He also served as the president at Saba Software, and as the COO of NetliQ till Attachmate acquired the company in 2006. “We see Symantec well positioned to address the key secular themes within security—increasing consolidation of security functionality onto broader platforms, increasing visibility across threat vectors and more automation across the security architecture,” says Greg Clark, CEO of Symantec. Michael Fey, president, and COO has joined Symantec upon closing of Blue Coat acquisition successfully led the enterprise security product and field integration.

Symantec has recently collaborated with the Cyber Threat Alliance which is a non-profit organization for sharing cybercrime threat intelligence. Symantec’s software portfolios offer holistic protection for organizations with the controls that can be enforced automatically. This market-leading solution ensures that the customers’ data, from digital photos to intellectual properties are secure and well managed. More recently, the company has enhanced its cloud security platform that provides complete access to the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to securely enable the cloud adoption while unifying both cloud and traditional on-premise environments for seamless security.

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