Security Corner

Apr 30 2010   1:03AM GMT

Symantec Buys PGP and GuardianEdge

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Symantec Corporation announced today that it has signed agreements to acquire PGP Corporation and GuardianEdge Technologies, Inc. PGP Corporation needs little introduction as a global leader in email and data encryption software. GuardianEdge is the leader in endpoint data protection for the enterprise; their solutions have been deployed by leading organizations including Lockheed Martin Corporation as well as numerous government agencies including the U.S. departments of Vetera to Affairs, Defense, Energy, State and Education to name a few.

It appears as though Symantec is moving toward becoming  a one-stop security shop. As they said in their press release, “Encryption technology is an important element of an information-centric security solution, as critical information is increasingly on mobile devices and in the cloud. . . . By bringing together PGP and GuardianEdge’s standards-based encryption capabilities for full-disk, removable media, email, file, folder and smartphone, with Symantec’s endpoint security and data loss prevention offerings, Symantec will have the broadest set of integrated data protection solutions.”

That could be a good thing. . .or not. There’s nothing wrong with an integrated, comprehensive solution; often, that’s the best approach. But there have been some huge performance issues with Symantec’s Endpoint Protection.

Time will tell, of course.

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