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Enrique Salem, president & CEO, Symantec


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s we approach 2012, mobility, virtualisation and cloud computing are three big trends driving change


in IT. At the same time, organisations are grappling with a growing amount of information and an increasingly toxic threat landscape. These trends are giving IT an opportunity to rethink their approach to make their organisations more efficient, more scalable and more cost effective.


As information becomes more accessible across more devices – such as PCs, smartphones, and tablets – the workforce experiences better productivity. More and more we’re seeing personal devices connected


“Both Saudi Arabia and the UAE have featured in the top five globally for spam and virus levels. We are no longer in a position where we can ignore the threats.”


to the business network, creating tension between individuals that want to ensure personal privacy and IT that wants control of the corporate information. Virtualisation is another trend that continues to accelerate. As businesses move to virtualise business critical applications, there is immense pressure to secure and manage these environments. It is essential to manage


your backups, manage storage and to ensure systems remain highly available as you would with a physical environment. The need to better secure information


and the fact IT organisations have more to do with less money is driving the mindset shift to cloud computing, the third big trend transforming IT. There are significant benefits for organisations looking at Software-as-a-Services (SaaS) solutions like higher availability and reduced CAPEX. Most of the adoption of cloud services today is around email, security or virtual desktops, but that is just the beginning. While IT is looking at how to leverage


these three trends, they are also dealing with explosive data growth. In 2010, we predicted data would grow 40 per cent, in reality it grew 62 per cent. Most of this is unstructured and the challenge comes in getting a grip on the data, ensuring we know what is important, where data is, who is accessing it and how can we eliminate redundant information. As threats evolve to become much


more targeted, no network or individual is immune. Both KSA and the UAE have featured in the top five globally for spam and virus levels. We are no longer in a position where we can ignore the threats. The truth is businesses can’t afford the cash losses, intellectual property or downtime that result from an attack. Those firms that start with protecting people and information will be the ones poised for success.


GULF BUSINESS / 63 fast facts


- symantec is the largest maker of security software for computers. the company is headquartered in california, and is a Fortune 500 company and a member of the s&p 500 stock market index.


- the security firm has announced $6.19 billion in revenues so far this year and employs over 18,500 people.


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