Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) and Wipro Ltd (NYSE:WIT) today announced a new partnership under which Wipro Infotech will offer data loss prevention, and backup and recovery infrastructure consultancy services based on Symantec technology. This will offer customers increased visibility into information and a risk-based approach to data security.

“Information is the most valuable asset of any organization and ensuring that it does not fall into the wrong hands is critical to its reputation and business,” said Ajay Verma, director, Channels and Alliances, Symantec India. “Wipro Infotech‘s professional services background, market reach, consulting expertise, complemented by Symantec‘s industry-leading solutions will offer customers a better insight in to data risk. ”

Symantec‘s content-aware data loss prevention solution spans data at the endpoint, in storage and the network. When offered through Wipro‘s technology practice, it will provide customers the confidence that their information is secure in today‘s connected world.

Wipro‘s cross-platform expertise along with Symantec VERITAS Backup Reporter‘s capability to proactively identify and quantify exposures before they impact backup operations, will help customers achieve greater efficiency, verify backup service-level compliance, and justify the business costs associated with protecting data.

Speaking on the occasion, Vikas Srivastava, vice president and business head, Infrastructure Technology Solutions Division, Wipro Infotech said, “The Backup and Recovery Infrastructure Consulting service and Data Loss Prevention Services are very unique service offerings that will contribute significantly to customers´ business continuity and data protection initiatives, which in turn would lead to improved efficiency, security and cost reduction . Symantec was an ideal choice to partner with for these services because of their hardware-agnostic solutions and superior technology.”

Service-centric Data Loss Prevention
Information is paramount to gain substantial competitive advantage in today‘s business scenario. Almost 90 percent of threats in 2008 were targeted at confidential information, according to a Symantec report. In fact, an IDC study commissioned by Symantec revealed that 79 percent of Indian enterprises highlighted data loss as their most serious information security concern. This has entailed a paradigm shift from infrastructure-centric to information-centric security.

Wipro Infotech‘s Service-Centric Data Loss Prevention will offer a prioritized, risk-based approach to achieve measurable reduction in data risks. It will also create a cross-functional framework to monitor, manage, and remediate data security incidents.

Backup and Restore Infrastructure Consultancy Services (BRICS)
Data protection strategy, including backup and recovery for physical and virtual environments not mapped to the business, can lead to financial loss and damage to reputation. Symantec study on disaster recovery cites lack of backup storage and automated recovery tools as top challenges to protect data in virtual environments. The survey also found, that a significant percentage of virtual environments are not regularly backed up pointing to the need for more automation and cross-environment tools.
Wipro Infotech‘s consulting division will offer granular reporting of end-to-end backup infrastructure through Symantec‘s VERITAS Backup Reporter. Customers will get a detailed view of media usage and insights into data risks in physical and virtualized environments. Wipro‘s Global Service Management Center will bring in scale and increased efficiency of backup operations in virtual environments.