Symantec To Acquire Sygate Technologies

by CXOtoday Staff    Aug 18, 2005

Symantec Corp. recently announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Sygate Technologies, a provider in endpoint compliance solutions.

Sygate’s technology is expected to complement Symantec’s presence on the endpoint to create a holistic solution. This solution is expected to address the security, compliance, and remediation requirements of today’s large enterprises.

“Securing the ‘endpoints’ of a corporate network is a challenge that affects all enterprises. Endpoint compliance solutions help enterprise organizations enforce security by guaranteeing that all devices connected to a network- desktops, laptops, servers, and mobile devices are running the appropriate security solutions, are configured correctly, and possess up-to-date patches,” said Chris Christiansen, vice president of security products and services, IDC.

“It is critical to have an endpoint compliance solution that will allow companies to leverage their existing IT infrastructure to control the myriad devices connecting to the network,” said Enrique Salem, senior vice president, security products and solutions at Symantec.

The Sygate Universal Network Access Control system enables enterprises to extend the protections of network access control to every type of network access (VPN, wireless, wired switch, DHCP, and home networks) and on all endpoints (desktops, laptops, servers, guest systems, and embedded devices). It allows them to define how secure an endpoint must be before it can access specific network resources, even when users take their mobile devices off the corporate network.

Upon close of the deal, Symantec AntiVirus and Symantec Client Security customers will be able to license and deploy Sygate’s Network Access Control (SNAC) agent to provide endpoint compliance on top of the protection they already receive.

Symantec will integrate its remediation capabilities like LiveUpdate and LiveState Patch Manager and its data availability solutions into a more robust endpoint compliance solution.

The acquisition is expected to close shortly after receiving customary regulatory approvals.

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