Symantec Partnership Program Targets SMEs

Symantec Corp has announced a special program for partners, aimed at delivering information protection solutions for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Asia Pacific region. With a membership of more than 1,200 companies, Symantec Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific and Japan Bernard Kwok says the partnership program will focus on gaining additional corporate customers and boosting the confidence of clients in running their businesses.

Symantec says SMEs are more vulnerable to malware and hack attacks than big corporations (photo credit: Shutterstock).

Accounting for a significant portion of their respective countries’ economies, SMEs are recognized as firms that have fully-intensive use of technology and that are information-savvy. On the other hand, SMEs have become one of the major targets by cyber attackers.

A recent survey from the same company revealed that 18% of all attacks have been made against businesses with 250 or fewer employees. It can be noted that these companies’ online habits have made the situation worse, and has put SMEs four times more at risk of malware invasion than larger companies.

The solution consists of a 360-degree security management, which includes data protection and information management range from web browsing, emails, collaborations, and transactions. This also includes backup and recovery. The involved partners will be entitled to marketing, communication, support, authorization, enablement and financial incentives from Symantec as the principal, says Group President of SMB and Cloud Rowan Trollope, who manages the program.

“Complacency is one reason small businesses often fail to protect themselves, complexity is another. Whatever the reason, Symantec’s SMB team is working around the clock to protect the information that fuels the livelihood of this important community around the world,” said Trollope.

Business communities will be entitled to SMB Solutions, which include Backup Exec Small Business Edition and End Point Protection Small Business Solution, both of which can go live in less than 20 minutes. By implementing these applications, SMEs can focus on growing their businesses and competing effectively in the market.

The US-based security solution provider team is now in the midst of developing new solutions addressing emerging business needs with integrated technologies, and simplified purchasing and subscription processes. Aimed to deliver better user experiences, Symantec’s new applications will be rolled out in the second half of 2012.