Examination of Witnesses (Questions 137
WEDNESDAY 9 DECEMBER 2009
Mr Ilias Chantzos and Dr Jose Nazario
Good morning. Dr Nazario and Mr Chantzos, we much appreciate the
time you are giving us to come and give evidence. You have given
us very helpful written evidence, which we appreciate very much
indeed; but, as you will realise, we are very anxious to have
a face to face discussion and we are looking forward to this morning.
If after this session is over you feel that you would like to
clarify or expand on some of the points you have made we should
certainly very much welcome supplementary evidence. Let me ask
the first question: it would be helpful if you could introduce
yourselves and explain briefly how your companies fit in within
the Internet industry, and to try and give us a verbal picture
of what actually your companies do.
Mr Chantzos: My name is Ilias Chantzos. I am
the Director of Government Relations of Symantec for Europe, Middle
East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Japan. So I have responsibility for
the government relations programme of Symantec for the whole world
outside Americas. I am a barrister by training and before joining
Symantec I used to work in the European Commission. I was responsible
for information security policy within DGU Information Society.
In that capacity I have done a number of legislative activities
in this area. That is a bit of background about myself. In terms
of who Symantec is, if you do not mind we have actually prepared
an opening statement answering the first question, if you do not
mind me walking you through that. First of all, we would like
to extend our thanks to the Committee for the opportunity to provide
oral evidence to this important inquiry. Founded back in 1982
Symantec has evolved to become the world's leader in information
security. We are providing information security, storage and system
management to help our customers to secure and manage their information
driven world against more cyber risks at more points and more
completely than any other company. We are a company that provides
solutions for government, for the large and medium enterprises
and also for the consumers at large. Symantec believes that all
stakeholders have a role to play in addressing cyber security
at all levels, given the ever evolving online threat in the environment.
Effective information security from our end relies on the multilayered
defence against attacks but also recognition that technology alone
is not the solution to the problem. Equally important from our
perspective is to address the people-related issues through education,
training and awareness, whilst also ensuring that our organisations
have been effective and appropriate policies and procedures to
address the different incidents when those occur. We are committed
to search developing solutions and technological solutions that
will help address the online security availability and integrity
concerns and also we are committed in supporting the public policy
efforts across Europe that promote network information security.
In that regard we are very pleased to have this opportunity to
be here today and I am more than happy to try to answer any of
Where is the company based and who owns it?
Mr Chantzos: We are a global company and we
employ approximately 17,000 people across the globe. We have a
very big presence in the UK where we have also, if you like, our
business headquarters for Europe. We employ roughly 1,000 people
in the UK. The company globally is headquartered in Mountain View,
California. But, as I have said, we have operations across the
globe and if I look at Europe, Middle East and Africa we probably
employ a good chunk of our total number of employees in the region.
Is it publicly quoted?
Mr Chantzos: That is correct. We are on NASDAQI
think we were listed in NASDAQ back in 1987.