Symantec CEO lashes out at "conflict of interests"

By Justin Mann on March 16, 2007, 9:17 PM
The bitterness between Symantec and Microsoft continues to grow. While the fallout from the closed-kernel drama that Vista brought has mostly settled, CEO John Thompson of Symantec has spoken out against a company providing both an operating system and the security software behind it. While he didn't name them specifically, it is blatantly obvious whom he is referring to. While he makes a valid point regarding company both selling an OS and selling the security suites on top of it, it also makes perfect sense that someone would want an OS to be secure enough in the first place to not warrant 3rd party software.

He also discusses the future of Vista security and the future role of Symantec software, as well as what they plan to do with Veritas.

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jhencken said:
Microsoft has had classical vertical monopoly powers for a long time. Compacting software, browsers, and other features used to be provided by others, and MS either bought them outright or forced them out of business. And there's little doubt that the triumph of Word/Office over the old WordPerfect software was largely due to MS's monopolistic powers and practices. But we don't have a government that worries about such things since Mr. Reagan brought us "morning in America" in the '80s. It's interesting that large corporations can suddenly see the problem when it affects their own profitability. Pity.
ThomasNews said:
Cars deemed unsafe for users, so; Car pre-installed with airbags, crumple zones, etc. Am I going anywhere with this analogy? ;)
miyu said:
Symantec should do less complaining and make a product that actually worked. I haven't used any of their products in the past few years and my computer works good. When I did use their products such as Antivirus, I had infections on my computer.
ThomasNews said:
I guess what I'm saying is this; Symantec, etc. essentially exist as they provide products which protect against weaknesses in the Operating System. Microsoft makes changes to reduce these weaknesses; Symantec complains about it. Microsoft can't win whatever they do it seems.
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phantasm66 said:
[b]Originally posted by ThomasNews:[/b][quote]Cars deemed unsafe for users, so; Car pre-installed with airbags, crumple zones, etc. Am I going anywhere with this analogy? ;)[/quote]A good analogy. To take it further, folks who make airbags under their own brand now p1$$ed off at car manufacturer for installing their own ("Its anti-competitive!" ;-) )I think what is happening with the Vista kernel is GREAT news. It will make malware (especially rootkits) very difficult to run. Its a step in the right direction. I think that there will come a day, in the future, where Vista - the 64bit version at least - will suffer from far less of the security problems that we are presently experiencing with XP. Hackers might well find new vectors of attack, but at least Microsoft is taking a much more proactive role in security now - changing the OS to make it more secure which is what is really required.If the price of that is that some companies like Symantec, Norton, etc now have a redundant business model, then TOUGH FOR THEM!!! Computing is change. Live with it.
PanicX said:
Its all shameless plugs in my opinion. It doesn't matter how secure Microsoft makes windows or how invalid/wretched Symantecs software is. Symantec uses viral marketing techniques that will endure as long as manufacturors continue preinstalling their software. The average home user doesn't even know what Symantec is, however they're willing to pay to quiet the nagging screens the software provides 30 days after they've first turned on their new PC.
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