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Symantec Purchasing Verisign's Authentication Business

Symantec have recently moved to add to their service offerings with the purchase of VeriSign's authentication business, following on from GuardianEdge and PGP purchase announced last month. This acquisition, of Verisign's SSL certification services and PKI platform. This move consolidates Symantec's position as an Information Security giant and gives them more of an ability to provide complete Information Security services to end users.

A good move for Symantec, it may be not be seen as such a good move by the people who have to support and manage systems with Symantec tools installed on them. Symantec has a reputation for slowing system performance and degrading system capability once its tools are installed, and for those tools to be almost impossible to uninstall due the deep hooks they place into the operating system.

The deal is pending regulatory approval, but once that is through, it is expected that Verisign's authentication services will become part of Symantec within a month.

26 May 2010

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