Symantec – Wipro Ink Partnership for Data Loss Prevention and Backup & Recovery Services

Symantec Corp., and Wipro Ltd (NYSE:WIT) today announced a new partnership under which Wipro Infotech will offer data loss prevention, and backup and recovery infrastructure consultancy services based on Symantec technology. This will offer customers increased visibility into information and a risk-based approach to data security.

“Information is the most valuable asset of any organization and ensuring that it does not fall into the wrong hands is critical to its reputation and business,” said Ajay Verma, director, Channels and Alliances, Symantec India. “Wipro Infotech’s professional services background, market reach, consulting expertise, complemented by Symantec’s industry-leading solutions will offer customers a better insight in to data risk. ”

Symantec’s content-aware data loss prevention solution spans data at the endpoint, in storage and the network. When offered through Wipro’s technology practice, it will provide customers the confidence that their information is secure in today’s connected world.

Wipro’s cross-platform expertise along with Symantec VERITAS Backup Reporter’s capability to proactively identify and quantify exposures before they impact backup operations, will help customers achieve greater efficiency, verify backup service-level compliance, and justify the business costs associated with protecting data.

Speaking on the occasion, Vikas Srivastava, vice president and business head, Infrastructure Technology Solutions Division, Wipro Infotech said, “The Backup and Recovery Infrastructure Consulting service and Data Loss Prevention Services are very unique service offerings that will contribute significantly to customers’ business continuity and data protection initiatives, which in turn would lead to improved efficiency, security and cost reduction . Symantec was an ideal choice to partner with for these services because of their hardware-agnostic solutions and superior technology.”

Service-centric Data Loss Prevention

Information is paramount to gain substantial competitive advantage in today’s business scenario. Almost 90 percent of threats in 2008 were targeted at confidential information, according to a Symantec report. In fact, an IDC study commissioned by Symantec revealed that 79 percent of Indian enterprises highlighted data loss as their most serious information security concern. This has entailed a paradigm shift from infrastructure-centric to information-centric security.

Wipro Infotech’s Service-Centric Data Loss Prevention will offer a prioritized, risk-based approach to achieve measurable reduction in data risks. It will also create a cross-functional framework to monitor, manage, and remediate data security incidents.

Backup and Restore Infrastructure Consultancy Services (BRICS)

Data protection strategy, including backup and recovery for physical and virtual environments not mapped to the business, can lead to financial loss and damage to reputation. Symantec study on disaster recovery cites lack of backup storage and automated recovery tools as top challenges to protect data in virtual environments. The survey also found, that a significant percentage of virtual environments are not regularly backed up – pointing to the need for more automation and cross-environment tools.

Wipro Infotech’s consulting division will offer granular reporting of end-to-end backup infrastructure through Symantec’s VERITAS Backup Reporter. Customers will get a detailed view of media usage and insights into data risks in physical and virtualized environments. Wipro’s Global Service Management Center will bring in scale and increased efficiency of backup operations in virtual environments.

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Mcafee first to deliver network security IPS solution with integrated zero-day malware protection

McAfee Inc. recently launched its McAfee Full Spectrum Network Defense solution, featuring major enhancements to the McAfee® Network Security Platform, including day-zero malware detection, network threat behavior analysis, and application-level security. The solution includes Network IPS, User Behavior Analysis, Network Threat Behavior Analysis, Network Access Control, and McAfee Firewall Enterprise.

“Organizations typically lack the ability to see the full spectrum of network threats,” said Charles Kolodgy, research director at IDC. “They need deeper insight into the whole set of threats in order to provide full protection for critical business systems such as data centers. Integrating threat detection provides full visibility when inspection isn’t enough or when it isn’t feasible for cost or scalability reasons. In an incredibly dynamic threat environment, the ability to detect malware in real-time can provide tangible benefits.”

McAfee claims that Full Spectrum Network Defense is the first solution to integrate a network intrusion prevention system with behavioral analysis tools to provide additional visibility across the network, real-time threat protection technology, and enterprise risk assessment tools.

“Customers have come to rely on McAfee for the best network protection available, and our commitment to them is to continue to innovate and break the molds of traditional Network IPS and firewall capabilities,” said Dan Ryan, executive vice president and general manager of the Network Security business unit at McAfee. “With Full Spectrum Network Defense, we are reinforcing that commitment by integrating best-in-class security technologies into our network defense products. We will continue to deliver on customer demand by providing powerful new tools that extend visibility into the vast unprotected areas of the network.”

Industry-Leading Advancements in Network Security

Full Spectrum Network Defense identifies traffic, users, content and applications, and defends against any threats that may exist across the network. The solution is powered by McAfee® NetPrism technology, McAfee’s patented protocol analysis approach to network threat protection, and features enhanced interlock between network security, endpoint security, and global threat intelligence, to deliver the world’s most advanced threat protection. New features being announced in the Full Spectrum Network Defense Solution include the following benefits:

  • Real-time malware protection – McAfee is the first and only vendor to offer day-zero malware protection, enabled by McAfee® Artemis technology, which is tightly integrated with IPS. Supported by threat sensors distributed around the globe and McAfee’s proprietary threat analysis, IPS is able to provide ‘pre-protection’ against zero day malware, in addition to our leading vulnerability-based network protections.
  • Network Threat Behavior Analysis – McAfee is releasing a new set of threat analysis appliances, which provide a comprehensive way to inspect the entire network for threats and correlate network behaviours. Additionally, McAfee is the only vendor to provide Layer-7 flow export. This, when coupled with network flow data, empowers security analysts to ‘turn on the lights’ across the network with visibility into users, data, and applications.
  • Integration with McAfee Risk Advisor – McAfee’s unique decision support tool empowers administrators to immediately identify which systems are vulnerable to an attack that is underway. By analyzing the vulnerability state of endpoints and the countermeasures currently deployed, this new feature will enable IPS administrators to rapidly deploy a signature to ensure protection of devices pre-patch.
  • Network Security Management – The single Network-centric console manages all aspects of the solution, including real-time threat analysis and integration of global threat intelligence feeds. McAfee IPS and behavior analysis solutions are the only solutions that offer native integration with McAfee® ePolicy Orchestrator™ security management console.