Symantec buys crypto firms PGP and GuardianEdge

Symantec buys crypto firms PGP and GuardianEdge
Symantec buys crypto firms PGP and GuardianEdge 

By Tom Espiner
29 April, 2010

Symantec is buying encryption vendors PGP and GuardianEdge Technologies 
to boost its lineup, the company announced on Thursday.

The security company plans to integrate encryption products from PGP and 
GuardianEdge into its data loss prevention suite and endpoint protection 
products, said Symantec enterprise security group vice president Francis 

"The two acquisitions will give us a market-leading position in the 
$1.4bn per year encryption business," deSouza told ZDNet UK. "At 
Symantec, we're focused on making data protection easier to manage, and 
these acquisitions represent a big step forward."

The company will pay $300m (196m) in cash for PGP and $70m in cash for 
GuardianEdge, subject to approval from US and German antitrust bodies. 
Symantec expects to gain the regulatory approval this quarter, said 

Many PGP and GuardianEdge products overlap. PGP's product portfolio 
includes disk encryption, email protection, file and server encryption, 
and authentication. GuardianEdge offers hard disk encryption and 
authentication, as well as storage encryption and smartphone protection. 
Symantec already sells endpoint encryption and hosted email encryption.


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