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More importantly, the information that in the past was contained within a company's four walls is more and more likely to be found outside the corporate data center, Salem said.
"Ultimately, this is making your job more difficult," he said. "Our job is to give you control points so you can maintain control. ... We need to protect physical devices. We need to protect physical infrastructures. And we need to protect the cloud."
There are two requirements a company needs to survive the "bring-your-own-device" trend, Salem said.
The first is to have a solid mobile device management strategy that includes the ability for users to self-provision their applications. At the same time, the corporate IT team needs to maintain control over users' devices with such capabilities as remotely wiping corporate data from lost or stolen devices, he said.
The second is to manage the applications used by corporate users, including the need to maintain access control to corporate data and to protect that data from unauthorized use by mobile devices, he said.
Salem said businesses will increasingly adopt corporate app stores from which users can easily deploy authorized business apps and which the IT department can centrally manage and control. "We're going to provide these capabilities for all your employees," he said.
Symantec is also moving to make it easier for businesses to manage and control data coming from and going to the cloud, Salem said.
He pointed to his company's February introduction of Symantec O3, a cloud security platform that automates data protection and governance and provides access to information based on corporate policies.
Symantec O3 helps organize and classify information, and it is content-aware to allow businesses to see what information is exiting the corporate firewall and stop it if needed, Salem said. Symantec O3 also enforces encryption rules on business content and provides audit trails of data movements.
Salem also pointed to a February unveiling of an integrated Symantec and VMware system for protecting VMware virtualization platforms. He said it was the first time a security company brought a comprehensive suite of protection to the VMware platform.