‘View From The Bunker’ the name of this site is in honour of the Security Operations Centre (SOC) which Symantec maintained in a former nuclear war bunker in the rolling hills of Wiltshire in the English countryside until recently. The SOC provides outsourced security managed services to businesses and government departments and is part of the world class Symantec Global Intelligence Network. It has since moved to a more ‘conventional’ office location while still providing world class security services!
View from the Bunker also reflects well the nature of the battle which is going on between the cybercriminals trying to steal your personal information, and the security industry, trying to protect individuals and people. The site features regular contribution from a number of Symantec analysts, spokespeople and even PR folk to share some of the news and developments in the world of interest security and availability.
Much of the actual data used here comes from some of the most comprehensive sources of Internet threat data in the world – the Symantec™ Global Intelligence Network. More than 240,000 sensors in over 200 countries monitor attack activity through a combination of Symantec products and services such as Symantec DeepSight™ Threat Management System, Symantec Managed Security Services and Norton™ consumer products, as well as additional third-party data sources.
Symantec also gathers malicious code intelligence from more than 130 million client, server, and gateway systems that have deployed its antivirus products. Additionally, Symantec’s distributed honeypot network collects data from around the globe, capturing previously unseen threats and attacks and providing valuable insight into attacker methods.
Symantec maintains one of the world’s most comprehensive vulnerability databases, currently consisting of more than 32,000 recorded vulnerabilities (spanning more than two decades) affecting more than 72,000 technologies from more than 11,000 vendors. Symantec also facilitates the BugTraq™ mailing list, one of the most popular forums for the disclosure and discussion of vulnerabilities on the Internet, which has approximately 50,000 subscribers who contribute, receive, and discuss vulnerability research on a daily basis.
Spam and phishing data is captured through a variety of sources including: the Symantec Probe Network, a system of more than 2.5 million decoy accounts; MessageLabs Intelligence, a respected source of data and analysis for messaging security issues, trends and statistics; and other Symantec technologies. Data is collected in more than 86 countries from around the globe. Over eight billion email messages, as well as over one billion Web requests are processed per day across 16 data centers. Symantec also gathers phishing information through an extensive antifraud community of enterprises, security vendors and more than 50 million consumers.
These resources give Symantec’s analysts unparalleled sources of data with which to identify, analyze, and provide informed commentary on emerging trends in attacks, malicious code activity, phishing, and spam.