Monday, February 28, 2011

Juniper Networks Announces Security Leadership for Juniper QFabric Architecture

Delivers Industry’s Only Integrated Solution to Provide Visibility, Enforcement and Scale across the Data Center Fabric

Dubai, UAE., – Mar 01, 2011 – Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) today unveiled the security strategy for QFabric Data Center architecture, also announced today.  QFabric is a single layer data center fabric that removes barriers to efficiency in the data center. Juniper’s scalable data center security is enhanced by QFabric’s ability to deliver any-to-any data center resource availability. This enables massive scale and comprehensive visibility, while at the same time reducing the complexity of the data center.

In the past, traditional network architectures were only secured by individual firewalls/intrusion prevention systems (IPS) that regulated traffic flow to and from individual servers. With the widespread deployment of virtual machines (VM) and distributed applications, traditional network security architectures lack visibility and enforcement to secure the traffic in the VM infrastructure at scale.  Additionally, the ease of creating, changing and moving VMs is increasing the risk of mis-configurations and unwarranted access to valuable data center assets.

In the face of these security realities, innovation and integration across physical and virtual environments and strong management capabilities are required. Juniper addresses security in physical networking environments with the Juniper Networks® SRX Series Services Gateway, virtual needs with the newly announced Juniper Networks vGW Virtual Gateway, and management with Junos® Space Security Design and Security Threat Response Manager.  Juniper’s integrated solution is the industry’s first offering to provide security at scale for both physical and virtual network environments.

“It is critical for enterprises to have security as part of their network fabric with an architecture that ensures scale, visibility and flexible enforcement,” said Chris Christensen, program vice president, IDC.  “Juniper’s security strategy and solution is the only one I have seen to addresses the complex needs of the next generation data center to address both the physical and virtual environments.”  

Juniper’s approach to securing QFabric architecture provides:
·        Tight integration with QFabric architecture to enable visibility and security enforcement across any traffic flow in the data center
·        High-performance implementation, allowing five times more VMs per VMware ESX hosts than alternatives 
·        Zone integrity that bridges across both physical and virtual networks
·        Enforcement of security to address the dynamic VM infrastructure

“The growing needs for expanded data center capabilities and virtualization have forced organizations to adjust the way they approach traditional data center security,”  said Mark Bauhaus, executive vice president and general manager, Device and Network Services group at Juniper Networks. “With Juniper’s approach to securing QFabric, we enable the next generation of massive scale and comprehensive security while at the same time reducing the complexity of the data center.”
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About Juniper Networks
Juniper Networks is in the business of network innovation. From devices to data centers, from consumers to cloud providers, Juniper Networks delivers the software, silicon and systems that transform the experience and economics of networking. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks (

Experts Highlight Role of Social Media in Political and Community Reforms at Dubai School of Government Event

Dubai-UAE: 28 February, 2011 The world is witnessing a revolution in the way youth across the Middle East utilise websites, cell phones, chat systems, blogs, Twitter, Facebook and other rapidly evolving new media. These platforms are increasingly proving to be catalysts for far-reaching social and political reforms, according to experts.
The comments were expressed during a talk titled ‘Youth, Social Media and Political Activism in the Arab World’, hosted by the Dubai School of Government (DSG), a leading research and teaching institution focusing on public policy in the Arab world.
The discussions focused on the role of social media in harnessing ‘people power’ during the recent uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. Examining the role of regional governments in responding to challenges posed by free flow of information, panelists also shared their perspectives on the future direction of the region.
The experts included Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, Professor of Political Science at the UAE University, Sultan Al Qassemi, DSG Fellow and a social and political commentator, Nasreddine Ben Hdid, an independent journalist and commentator who joined the event by webcast from Tunisia, and Fadi Salem, Fellow and Director of Governance and Innovation at the Dubai School of Government.
The speakers described how social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogs, have been used effectively for motivating, mobilizing and organizing the community, especially by tech-savvy youth.
Sultan Al Qassemi, DSG Fellow said: “The recent historic protests notwithstanding, it is interesting to see the shifting role of new media as young people become increasingly involved in political change. Social media is emerging as a powerful tool, offering a voice for those who may not otherwise be able to express their political views and opinions in public.”
A report that was published recently by the Dubai School of Government indicated that the total number of Facebook users in the Arab world increased by 78 per cent during 2010, from 11.9 million in January 2010 to 21.3 million by December 2010. The report also showed that Tunisia witnessed a sudden eight per cent surge in the number of Facebook users during the first two weeks of January 2011, coupled with a shift in the usage trend from merely social in nature into primarily political.
Fadi Salem, Director of Governance and Innovation at the Dubai School of Government, said: "The Arab youth have maximised their reach through information technology in an unprecedented manner to bring radical changes in their societies and to resolve real social and political challenges. A critical mass of young Arab users of online social networks have started taking advantage of these networks in organising social and civil movement in their countries.
“For these young Arabs, who constitute the majority of the Arab population, there is no more a boundary between their virtual and real-life identity. This has created a significant cultural and informational wedge between many Arab governments and the youth."
Established in 2005 in cooperation with the Harvard Kennedy School, the Dubai School of Government is committed to the creation of knowledge, and dissemination of global best practices in the Arab world. The school conducts various programmes that seek to enhance the region's capacity for effective public policies. 

Structural Works for Brighton College Abu Dhabi Completed

Admissions Open for 2011-2012 Academic Year

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 28 February, 2011 – Bloom Properties, the real estate arm of National Holding, today announced the completion of structural works for Brighton College Abu Dhabi.
To date, 15,000 cubic metres of concrete have been poured into the school structure and over 2,500 tonnes of steel reinforcements utilised for the 34,000 square metre project. A total of 1,000 labourers worked around the clock to complete the structural work in record time.
Hani Raydan, General Manager of Bloom Education, said: “Bloom Properties is committed to delivering on its promise of completing the project on schedule. Our joint efforts with the contractors, mandated to comply with our stringent quality standards, are beginning to bear fruit.  The dedication of all involved in the project is truly commendable and has resulted in the completion of structural works earlier than forecast.”
Admissions for the 2011-2012 academic year have already commenced at Brighton College Abu Dhabi. The Admissions Office is receiving parents wishing to enrol children for classes from Pre-Reception (age 3) to Grade 9 (age 13).
Raydan added: “Brighton College is a fully integrated project that offers academic excellence. We are looking forward to receiving students for the next school year. We are also confident that our institution will set new benchmarks for quality education.”
The Brighton College campus at Bloom Gardens will offer world-class education in the British curriculum. Its differentiating factor will include a creative blend of Arabic and Islamic Studies in compliance with Abu Dhabi Education Council. The campus is also designed to provide dedicated centres of excellence in academic, visual and performing arts, and sporting activities.  The three areas will be linked by spaces for outdoor learning and social interaction.


Renowned Juniper CTO Pradeep Sindhu Defines the  Foundation for Building Data Center Fabrics for the Next Decade
Dubai, UAE., Feb. 28, 2011 – Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) Founder and CTO Pradeep Sindhu, today published a paper defining the characteristics of a true data center fabric, in conjunction with the launch of QFabric™, the company’s data center fabric solution and an outcome of Project Stratus.
The paper outlines the seven defining characteristics for data center networking that together deliver a quantum leap improvement in data center performance, operating cost and business agility, that we expect will become the architectural foundation for data centers for the next decade.
QFabric combines the performance and operational simplicity of a single switch with the scale and resiliency of a network. QFabric relies on simplicity to solve the most challenging data center networking. QFabric delivers two primary capabilities:
1. The ability to provide all network components (servers, routers, switches, storage, clients and other devices) with unrestricted access to the power of the network regardless of location.
2. The ability to connect all network resources to each other at very high speeds with no detectable limitations in the interconnect; is the key to high performance, scale and efficiency.
What began as a mission to develop a smarter, more powerful networking technology led us to ultimately rethink the concept of a data center fabric in its entirety,” Sindhu said. “QFabric introduces a fundamentally new approach to building data centers that removes the complexity of associated legacy networks and provides a clean sheet approach and foundation for building data centers for the next decade.”
Sindhu’s seven principles define a data center fabric that represents a completely flat architecture – and a cohesive fabric that allows all network elements to function as a single, logical device.  QFabric is the manifestation of these principles, built to enable the construction of highly efficient, cost-effective, dynamic and easy-to-manage virtualized data centers.
For further information please visit:
Whitepaper: “The Distinguishing Characteristics of a QFabric” 
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Juniper Online Newsroom —  
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Juniper.Net Community —  
Juniper's Social Channels —

About Juniper Networks
Juniper Networks is in the business of network innovation.  From devices to data centers, from consumers to cloud providers, Juniper Networks delivers the software, silicon and systems that transform the experience and economics of networking. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks (

6th Dubai International Food Safety Conference opens; Environment Minister says UAE is well equipped to face food safety challenges

UAE Minister of Environment and Water, Mr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad on Monday said the United Arab Emirates, which rely mainly on imports to meet the needs of food stuffs and products, has always shown keen interest to the issue of health and food safety and given care in accordance with the term "farm to fork."

He was delivering the inaugural address in the sixth Dubai International Food Safety Conference hosted by Dubai Municipality at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The conference, which is being held alongside the Gulfood Exhibition under the slogan, "Food Safety in Emerging Economies – What Is Achievable, Reliable and Sustainable," will be concluded on March 1.

Fahad said the country’s keenness in the issue is reflected in formulating control procedures for food materials and products at border crossing points, sale outlets, preparation and storage points, and production centres, as well as developing national standards and laboratory tests of these materials.

The conference is being conducted in cooperation with the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States of America, the Food and Agriculture (FAO) of the United Nations, the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), UAE Ministry of Environment and Water, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, UAE University.

Fahad expressed the fears and growing concerns related to food safety in countries with emerging economies in particular and developed countries in general.
He said these problems could limit the potential of these countries to enter into the global market, which will reflect on global food security.

“The production of sufficient quantities of food to meet the increasing population growth and to reduce the number of hungry people in the world is no longer the only important thing that can achieve global food security, but it must be accompanied by increased production with maximum possible safety to avoid any risk of food products that can damage human health as a result of the absence or inadequacy of safety procedures,” said the Minister.
He added that human and economic losses resulting from diseases transmitted by food products is a problem of serious and dangerous proportion.

“Despite the difficulty of assessing the incidence of these diseases at the global level, the World Health Organization suggests that the proportion of people who suffer each year from diseases transmitted through food in the industrialized countries amounts to 30%. The Centre for Disease Control in the United States indicates in a recent report issued at the end of last year that diseases transmitted through food affects about 48 million Americans of whom 3,000 die annually. In many of the developing countries, the high prevalence of diarrheal diseases suggests the existence of major problems in the field of food safety, says World Health Organization,” Fahad pointed out.

“Because of its close relationship with human health, the issue of food safety is receiving increased attention at both the official and popular level and considered one of the issues of public health priority, especially in light of the increasing challenges they face. The most important is the need to increase food production to cope with rapid population growth, increase in the traffic of food materials and products across borders, development of biotechnology techniques, increase in the production of genetically modified organisms, the continued heavy use of chemicals in agricultural production and food industry, and the growing dangers posed by animal diseases, climate change, and changing patterns of consumption and others. It is without doubt enormous challenges when compared to the human materials and resources in many countries,” he said.
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Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality said the conference has become accepted by those looking for the latest developments in food safety in the world.

“It has also become a source of pride to us in the Emirate of Dubai, with an increase in the number of participants this year to more than 1,200 participants. The first session in 2006 had only 200 participants. This could be achieved due to the Municipality’s vision of making the emirate a center of excellence. The number of food establishments in the Emirate of Dubai was 11,752 in 2009 and it rose to 13,761 in 201o, he pointed out.

Lootah said that food imports to the United Arab Emirates represent about 90% of the total amount of food that is consumed in the country and more than 80% of these foods are imported through the Emirate of Dubai.

“The amount of food that is imported via Dubai has increased from 4.3 million tons in 2009 to approximately 6 million tons in 2010, despite the financial crisis, which confirms the leadership of Dubai as an important commercial hub in the world. More than 160 countries import food to Dubai,” he said.
Lootah said food that was imported from countries with emerging economies and developing countries comes to more than 65% of the total amount of food imported to the Emirate of Dubai in 2010.

He said the most effective way to ensure the safety of food imported to the Emirate of Dubai is to ensure the application of the standards of food safety in the countries with emerging economies and developing countries.

“Dubai Municipality Food Control Department has endeavoured, since its inception, to establish an integrated regulatory system to ensure the safety of imported, manufactured and circulated food. This system was developed by adopting best international practices in this area and implementing programs and initiatives taking into account consumer health and safety, specifically of the Emirate of Dubai, which is becoming a bigger global trade hub every day in spite of the financial crisis that hit the world recently,” said Lootah.

“We in the municipality work to ensure that these programs and initiatives must take into account the application of standards, laws and procedures that will ensure smooth flow of regional and international trade. The Municipality pioneered in the establishment of modern systems such as the Food Import and Re-export System (FIRS), which is the latest leap in the quality control of imported food. This will also be explained by local officials in the sessions of this Conference. The application of HACCP system led by Dubai Municipality at the regional level since the late nineties of the last century has developed methods of food safety in many food establishments that apply this system,” he said.

“Through the organization of the Dubai International Food Safety Conference for six consecutive years and through its partnerships with many of the international and regional academic institutions and departments, Dubai Municipality has updated its strategies for ensuring food safety. The application of self-censorship system is one of the fruits of these partnerships. It is better to activate the role of food establishments as they have become partners in the regulatory process. These efforts have culminated in the recent introduction of the system of Person In Charge (PIC) in establishments such as different food restaurants, factories as well as food imports establishments. The Municipality counts lot on this system in bringing about a quantum leap in reducing violations of these establishments,” said Lootah.

“When the increased index of diseases transmitted by food is a proof of the success or failure of food control, the Municipality has given this special attention as about two years ago it developed a tracking system for the diseases transmitted by food in cooperation with the Dubai Health Authority, and in coordination with the World Health Organization and the U.S. Center for Disease Control, which is considered the best center of its kind in the world, he said.

During the opening session Khalid Mohammed Sharif, Director of Food Control Department and Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Dubai Municipality gave the keynote presentation titled "Dubai: A Global Food Village."

The key note address in the opening session of the conference titled, “Foods Safety in Emerging Economies: What is Reliable, Achievable and Sustainable” was delivered by Dr. Karen Hulebak, Chairman of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, who talked about Food Safety, Global Trade and Emerging Economies: A Codex Prespective.” It was followed by a presentation by Dr. V. Prakash, Director, Central Food Technological Research Institute, India, who talked about “The Food Safety Issues in Developing Economies Demands a Holistic Approach Inclusive of Codex and Beyond…A Perspective.”

Dr. Paul A Hall, President, AIV Microbiology and Food Safety Consultants, talked about “Protecting Our Products and Consumers in a Global Society,” followed by a presentation by Bill Marler on “Reducing the Burden of Foodborne Diseases-Is the Food Industry Doing its Best?”

International experts from the GCC countries, America, Europe, Ireland, New Zealand and India will lecture in the conference on various issues related to food safety, which include specifications and technical requirements related to food safety.

The conference programme addresses several core themes related to food legislation and procedures, applications, and general culture related to food safety and activating the role of awareness. 


“Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar and 
Daniel B. Poneman, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy 
alongside the specially coated solar photovoltaic modules
 to be tested at Masdar City.”

Clean energy cooperation between the United States and the United Arab Emirates continues to strengthen as the U.S. DOE and Masdar begin to unveil collaborative initiatives

Abu Dhabi-UAE: XX February, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Masdar, Abu Dhabi's multifaceted renewable energy initiative, announced that they will collaborate to test the performance of specially coated solar photovoltaic modules designed to avoid the moisture and cementation problems currently faced by PV module producers worldwide and prevent dry dust adhesion.

Developed by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)the U.S. federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies ­the coatings have been selected for testing following exchanges of scientific and technical information with Masdar, including soil sample collection and site visits to Abu Dhabi. The cooperation is a direct result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed by the DOE and Masdar last April to promote collaboration on clean and sustainable energy technologies.

Daniel B. Poneman, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy, and Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, made the joint announcement at the solar test field of the specially coated photovoltaic modules located within Masdar City, which serves a clean tech cluster and test-bed of renewable energy and sustainable technologies.  

Deputy Secretary Poneman said: “This collaborative testing exemplifies the shared vision of the United States and the United Arab Emirates to advance innovation and clean energy solutions. Masdar’s innovative test-bed supports the development of the cutting-edge technologies that will help overcome our energy challenges and aid economic growth. Through bilateral relationships like this, we can help build a secure, prosperous and sustainable energy future for the citizens of our nations and the world.”

Dr. Al Jaber said: “This pilot project demonstrates the real, tangible benefits created by the ongoing cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America. Our strong alignment in renewable energy research and development will not only benefit both of our nations, but also the global transition towards clean energy solutions.

Collaboration and increased international partnerships can generate vital momentum in addressing the energy challenges of today – creating a pathway for thriving, diversified economies and clean energy innovation,” added Dr. Al Jaber.

Since signing the MoU in April 2010, bilateral working groups have been carrying out significant scientific and technical information exchange in areas including carbon capture and sequestration, buildings technology, clean energy sector national outreach, as well as investment-orientated analysis with the Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy (ARPA-E).

“Acting as a test-bed for the United States to evaluate new technologies affirms Masdar’s global leadership as a hub for collaboration in renewable energy and clean technology development,” added Dr. Al Jaber. “It is a testament to Masdar’s commitment to work in parallel with global partners to advance the adoption of clean energy worldwide and foster human and scientific development.”

The current U.S.- UAE collaboration complements Masdar’s existing strong partnership with commercial entities and academic institutions in the United States, including: cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the establishment of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology a not-for-profit, post-graduate research institute dedicated to renewable energy, environmental technologies and sustainability.

The United States and the United Arab Emirates will continue collaboration when the second Clean Energy Ministerial is held in Abu Dhabi on April 6-7, 2011. U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu, alongside other member nations, will be in attendance. Established in 2009, the high-level global forum brings together governments to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technology and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy.

About Masdar

Masdar is Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted initiative advancing the development, commercialisation and deployment of renewable and alternative energy technologies and solutions. The company serves as a link between today’s fossil fuel economy and the energy economy of the future - developing the “greenprint” for how we will live and work tomorrow. Backed by the stability and reputation of the Mubadala Development Company, an investment vehicle of the government of Abu Dhabi, Masdar is dedicated to the emirate’s long-term vision for the future of energy.

For more information about the Masdar Initiative, please visit:

UAE Embassy in Washington DC Hosts Masdar Institute

Masdar Institute encourages applications from the best and brightest UAE nationals studying abroad

Abu Dhabi: February 28, 2011 – Masdar Institute began a student recruitment visit to the United States, by making a presentation to the UAE Embassy in Washington DC. The delegation from Masdar Institute was greeted by Dr. Husam Al Ulama, the UAE Cultural Attaché to the United States, who acknowledged the Institute’s commitment to developing the best and brightest talents in Abu Dhabi and the UAE.

The delegation from Masdar Institute including faculty and students will visit universities including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, and Harvard University between Monday February 28th and Thursday March 3rd. Masdar Institute hopes to attract some of the UAE nationals currently studying in the US to apply to study at the graduate-level institution located in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the US, applauded the strides made by the Masdar Institute since its inception less than two years ago.  “In a short time, the Masdar Institute has established itself as one of the world’s leading research-driven universities for advanced energy and sustainable technologies,” said Ambassador Al Otaiba. “UAE nationals and other students who attend the Masdar Institute will be working to help address one of the toughest challenges facing society today – ensuring a future, sustainable clean energy supply for the UAE and the rest of the world.”
Dr. Husam Al Ulama, UAE Cultural Attaché to the United States, said: “We are delighted to welcome Masdar Institute to the UAE Embassy in Washington DC. The research and development conducted at the Institute is helping to tackle some of the most pressing problems in the climate change space facing the world today. With Abu Dhabi emerging as an international hub for the renewable energy and sustainability sectors, Masdar Institute is an ideal environment for UAE national students interested in these sectors to further their studies.”
During the visit to the UAE Embassy an overview of Masdar Institute was provided by Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Executive Director of Public Affairs. Dr Fawwaz said: “Masdar Institute provides UAE national students with the opportunity to create a better future for Abu Dhabi and the UAE, by making it more sustainable and more energy efficient. In 2010, our student intake consisted of 34 per cent UAE nationals, with this recruitment visit we hope to encourage UAE nationals studying in the US to apply to study at Masdar Institute as well.”

Noura Al Dhaheri, PhD student at Masdar Institute, who gave a presentation on studying and living in Masdar Institute said:  “It is a privilege for me to be able to study at the Masdar Institute, where I can bring real benefit to Abu Dhabi and the UAE through my research. It is a huge incentive for all the students knowing that the work we do is helping to build a better future.”

Masdar Institute US Recruitment Visit Agenda

Masdar Institute will be giving presentations at the following universities and institutions in the United States, as part of its US recruitment tour (Eastern Standard Time):

Monday 28th Feb (4.30pm)                 Princeton University, New Jersey
Monday 28th Feb (5.30pm)                 University of Virginia, Virginia
Monday 28th Feb (7.00pm)                 Yale University, Connecticut
Tuesday 1st Mar (12.30 & 3.00pm)    MI Day at MIT (two sessions)
Wednesday 2nd Mar (11.30am)          Olin University, Needham
Thursday 3rd Mar (4.00pm)                Harvard University, Cambridge
Thursday 3rd (5.00pm)                        Boston University, Boston

About Masdar Institute

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (Masdar Institute) was established by the government of Abu Dhabi as a not-for-profit, private graduate university to serve as a “knowledge-hub” in the region to develop indigenous R&D capacity in Abu Dhabi addressing issues of importance to the region. Masdar Institute is committed to advancing the role of women in science, 37 per cent of its 153 students are female.

With the assistance of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute has developed an academic and research platform that articulates its mission and vision according to critical energy and sustainability challenges. 

An important characteristic of Masdar Institute is its focus on complex real-world problems that require a multidisciplinary approach for the development of solutions from an integrated technology, systems and policy perspective.  This multi-interdisciplinary and integrated approach is supported by the structure of its academic programs and by the emphasis placed on engaging external partners from industry, government, and other academic institutions in collaborative activities.

Masdar Institute offers degrees in:

·         MSc Engineering Systems and Management
·         MSc Computing and Information Science
·         MSc Materials Science and Engineering
·         MSc Mechanical Engineering
·         MSc Water and Environmental Engineering
·         MSc Microsystems Engineering
·         MSc Electrical Power Engineering
·         MSc Chemical Engineering
·         Interdisciplinary Doctoral Degree PhD program

For more information on Masdar Institute, please visit

Norton’s ‘Beyond-the-PC’ Initiative Expands with New Partnerships and Technologies

 Norton’s New Technologies Support Android and Tablets with New Reach Extending Via Retail, OEM and ISP Partners;

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Feb. 28th , 2011 – Norton by Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) has announced the next steps in its Norton Everywhere initiative, introducing four new global partnerships and several product updates that help deliver Norton protection across locations, devices and digital experiences. The new and expanded partnerships include Best Buy Canada Ltd., Dixons Retail plc, Kingston Digital, Inc., and UOL Inc. S.A. Product updates include remote locate functionality in Norton Mobile Security, giving Android users the ability to find their device; and the ability to filter inappropriate websites on kids’ mobile and tablet devices over Wi-Fi with Norton DNS.

“As consumers access the Internet on new platforms and devices, they need protection and safety services regardless of how they choose to stay connected,” said Tamim Taufiq, Head of Consumer Sales MENA, Symantec. “With Norton Everywhere, we’re developing new technologies and partnerships that span multiple channels around the globe to protect consumers and moving Norton beyond the PC security market.”

Product and Technology Updates
·         Norton DNS 1.5 – Planned for this week, Norton DNS 1.5 users will be able to set household rules to increase web safety and enforce parental controls on Internet usage. Based on the Domain Name System which acts as the Internet’s invisible switchboard, Norton DNS provides a safer, more reliable, and faster Internet experience by leveraging Norton Safe Web technology to deliver a variety of basic protection services like antiphishing, antimalware and anti-spyware. Norton DNS protects users who click on unsafe or inappropriate websites and now gives parents the freedom of creating a single Internet policy for all of the household’s connected devices, from laptops to tablets, filtering inappropriate sites on kids’ mobile and tablet devices when over Wi-Fi.
·         Norton Mobile Security for Android 1.5 – Now featuring remote locate functionality in addition to remote wipe/lock, call/SMS block, and antimalware technology. Following a quick initial set-up, users can now locate, lock or wipe their Android device with a simple text message in the event of loss or theft.  Norton Mobile Security 1.5 beta has more than 140,000 beta downloads and a 4 out of 5 star rating on the Android Market. Additionally it has been optimized for Android tablets so users can now enjoy the offering on any Android form factor.
·         Norton Mobile Utilities Beta – Introduced today, Norton Mobile Utilities is a free beta developed for Android devices to help users stay within their preset call, text or data plan and manage their downloaded applications.  Norton Mobile Utilities beta is available for immediate download from the Android market.

Also new today, the highly active Norton User Discussion Forum has been optimized for mobile devices on the iPhone, Android, RIM, Windows Mobile, Palm and Symbian platforms.  The discussion forum is a destination for Norton customers, employees and others to discuss Norton products and related topics. With more than 2 million monthly visitors, it serves as an interactive friendly resource to find help with offerings such as Norton Mobile Security and Norton DNS in addition to the flagship Norton products.

New and expanded Partnerships extend to Best Buy Canada Ltd. – Canada's fastest-growing specialty retailer and e-tailer of consumer electronics, Dixons Retail plc – Europe’s leading specialist electrical retailing and services Group, UOL Inc. S.A. - Brazil's largest Internet Service and Content Provider and Kingston Digital, Inc. – The Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Co., Inc. The independent world leader in memory products, Kingston Digital, Inc has selected Norton as the security provider for their USB Flash drives.

Pricing and Availability

Norton DNS remains free to all users and can be downloaded via Norton DNS is available for any device where the DNS settings can be changed to point to a Norton DNS server.  This includes PCs, Macs, tablet computers and smartphone platforms such as Android, iPhone and Windows Mobile phones.

Norton Mobile Security is now available for a one-year license through select Symantec partners. Alternatively, consumers can download a free limited-trial beta version directly from the Android Market.

The new Norton Mobile Utilities beta application was developed for the Android platform, version 2.0 and later. It is free and can be downloaded to a device by navigating to the Android Market and searching for Norton Mobile Utilities.