Virtualization is the latest trend, and the future



What is your current focus on SRL, specifically in the realm of messaging
security?
The team is working on a number of technologies to enhance approaches
already present in our products like the ones from Vontu. We are also
researching on performance and scalability of some products. Boundary-less
enterprise, SaaS models, long-term market trends in data loss prevention, and
messaging continue to keep us going.

Any significant changes that intrigue you in terms of how the whole
messaging landscape is evolving?
Yes, one thing I find particularly interesting is the time we spend on
scanning good messages, just to spot and pick out the bad ones. It is harder to
spot and leaf through a good message instead of a bad one. So why not work the
other way around? Hence, we are working on improving the overall scanning
performance.

Where is your trying the flip-it approach and how right has it turned
out to be so far?
There are a number of projects that are attacking the same problems in a
different way. Innovative technologies and virtualization are some of them.

Virtualization? How?
Virtualization is the latest trend and the future. But there are drawbacks
on management, administration, cost issues, etc. The challenge is how to keep
the virtualization environment safe because it comes in many forms.

Imagine a malicious program attacks; we can keep it in a virtualized cocoon,
gauge its real impact, and then let it take off. The core technology of
virtualization can have new applications as a security tool.

Symantec has been under the grey cloud of concern off and on, when it
comes to simplifying and integrating acquisitions. Could you delve on how
Project Hamlet handles that issue?
Well, its not specific to Hamlet but overall; Symantec has been learning
important lessons to integrate acquisitions. One of them is that too much or
wrong integration is not a good thing. In the past, we used to throw open covers
of technologies from both the sides and integrate at gut-level.

Too low a level of integration consumes too much detail and time. We have
learnt this through hard lessons. So now we are again looking at going the other
way round and do it at high-level with new collaboration architecture.

Pratima Harigunani/CyberMedia News
maildqindia@cybermedia.co.in

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