RSA Conference 2011: New threats need a fresh protection concept, says Symantec's Enrique Salem

News by Dan Raywood

Consumerisation and Stuxnet mean IT managers need a different approach to take control.

Consumerisation and Stuxnet mean IT managers need a different approach to take control.

In his keynote at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, Symantec CEO Enrique Salem evaluated threats such as Stuxnet and consumerisation.

He said consumerisation posed a challenging dilemma, as users now have control; the days of the administrator having control are over as more personal devices come into the workplace.

He said: “We have to come up with a way to try and manage and protect people and the device. This is a time for change, but how? It requires a different approach for taking control. You need to have governance, protection and visibility.

“You need to know what is accessed from where: protecting what can access what information; and to have the ability to have access and understand what is being enforced.

“What we saw with Stuxnet was more dangerous than anything seen previously and attacks will be more targeted. Most attackers are now targeting critical information and it is up to us to deliver the security.”

Salem used the keynote to introduce version 12 of the Symantec Endpoint Protection. Currently in invitation-only beta, it is expected to be available for public beta in April 2011 before general release later this year.

According to Symantec, Endpoint Protection 12 is designed to detect and block sophisticated new threats earlier and more accurately. It leverages cloud-based community intelligence to reduce the overhead of virus scanning.


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