SingTel and Symantec Launches Cloud-Based Cyber-Security Solutions

SingTel and Symantec Launches Cloud-Based Cyber-Security Solutions

SingTel and Symantec today announced the launch of the SingTel PowerON Security suite of cloud-based cyber-security solutions and services for businesses. The joint service comes in three distinct packages, namely:

  • Power ON Security Email: On-demand protection for all email communications
  • Power ON Security Web: On-demand web security
  • Power ON Security Endpoints: Ensures employee devices are always protected

PowerON Security offers enterprises comprehensive on-demand protection from viruses, malware, spam and other online threats to allow employees to access email, company servers and the Internet securely, whether they are in the office or on the move. The solutions can also provide automatic security updates to protect employee laptops, desktop computers and servers, and will soon be enhanced to include tablets and smartphones. PowerON Security works with any mail client and server configuration. A user-friendly web-based portal allows IT administrators to manage staff devices and view real-time service statistics and reports.

Based on a three year projection of traditional 'on-premise' deployment for email protection versus the Power ON Security Email service, SingTel estimates a 75% cost savings. With its monthly subscription model, Power ON gives companies the flexibility to avoid the ongoing costs of implementing and maintaining complex systems and hardware and skipping upfront investments in equipment.

“SingTel is excited to work with Symantec to offer an enterprise-class cloud-based security solution. With an increasingly mobile workforce, security has become a vitally important issue for businesses today. PowerON Security brings together fixed, mobile and cloud technologies to enable companies and their staff to operate from any location with total peace of mind," said Mr Bill Chang, SingTel’s Executive Vice President of Business Group.

According to Enrique Salem, Symantec's President and Chief Executive Officer, the Power ON Security Email and Power ON Security Web services are platform independent and can be deployed instantly. As such, the cloud-based system provides much more flexibility for business users to implement the service across their infrastructure, minus the waiting time and incompatibility.

As the internet becomes even more widely accessible via mobile devices, it's unavoidable for attacks to increase proportionally. “Today’s mobile workforce wants simple and secure access to their information from wherever they are,” said Salem. “This provides a challenge for organizations as they grapple with how to enable greater mobility against an ever evolving threat landscape. Symantec’s partnership with SingTel to provide cloud-based security services fulfils this gap. Utilizing Symantec’s cloud-based email, web and endpoint protection technologies, this creates a very compelling solution for SingTel customers looking to enable greater mobility with confidence that their information is secure and protected.”

The Power ON Security Endpoint package, however, is only available for Microsoft Windows 7 for the moment. Salem shared that Symantec is looking at beta testing for other operating systems, including mobile platforms such as Google Android. In particular, the mobile platform is especially important for companies to regulate personal mobile devices utilized by their employees.

According to Symantec’s 2011 State of Security Survey, 20 percent of Singapore businesses have incurred over US$100,000 in expenses from attacks within the last year. PowerON Security, which is backed by Symantec’s technologies, assures enterprises of comprehensive protection without restricting how, where and when employees work remotely.

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