PHOTO -Alex Ong, senior country manager, Symantec Malaysia.
Security solutions provider Symantec Malaysia has announced a new intelligent information governance solution that helps organisations better protect information, and reduce risks and costs, while meeting compliance requirements.
Speaking on 3 February 2012, Symantec Malaysia senior country manager Alex Ong said increased integration in the near future between the company's storage and eDiscovery offerings would allow organisations to bridge gaps between business, legal and IT processes.
In addition, Ong said Symantec has acquired LiveOffice, a privately-held cloud-based archiving leader, for a purchase price of about US$115 million. "The acquisition will extend Symantec's intelligent information governance offering to the cloud, providing customer choice between on-premise, cloud or hybrid delivery of Symantec solutions."
"By implementing the proper controls for information retention and protection, organisations can confidently allow their employees to share information freely," he said. "This provides a critical edge in a world where corporate information is increasingly accessed from a wider variety of devices (including smartphones and tablets), shared via social media, and stored in the cloud. The organisation's ability to secure this information, while allowing employees the ability to access it virtually anywhere, improves employee productivity and reduces information risk."
"Symantec provides federated search and a common classification engine across critical data sources, bringing context and relevance to information so organisations can find what they need, when they need it, and appropriately enforce policies and controls," said Ong. "Additionally, the ability to centrally manage security, information retention and eDiscovery functions reduces operational expenses and training costs."
Addressing compliance concerns
"Organisations today face a host of compliance requirements pertaining to IT governance, compliance and risk management," Ong said. "Malaysian organisations are also facing the same challenges, especially as information management, eDiscovery, and data security are rapidly coming together due to the rapid growth of electronically stored information that deliver and disseminate it. We are seeing organisations increasingly demanding that these issues be addressed in a unified way through information governance."
"To maintain a strong security posture, organisations in Malaysia need to have integrated and consistent controls and policies in place to eliminate redundancies and inefficiencies, streamline audit processes, and reduce threats to their business," he said.
"Symantec's Intelligent Information Governance helps our customers to proactively classify, retain and discover information, taking full advantage of the information explosion for maximum productivity," said Ong. "Through a unified platform that combines on premise and cloud-based security, automation, and customisation, Symantec can help organisations meet these new information governance demands while driving down costs and risks."
He said adding an information archive was one of the simplest steps an organisation can take to improve its information governance. "With an archive, organisations can systematically index, classify and retain information and thus establish a proactive approach to eDiscovery. Today, Symantec announces its plans to strengthen the integration of its leading archiving and eDiscovery solutions."
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