Symantec buys a chunk of VeriSign for $1.28 billion

By on May 20, 2010, 5:08 PM
In its third purchase this year, Symantec has announced that it will buy a portion of VeriSign that specializes in Internet security technology. The $1.28 billion deal includes VeriSign's secure sockets layer (SSL) certificate services, public key infrastructure (PKI) services, and identity protection and authentication service. Additionally, Symantec will receive a majority stake in VeriSign Japan.

Symantec's latest agreement should be completed in the third quarter, while its $370 million cash purchase of PGP and GuardianEdge is expected to close this quarter. The company's recent buying spree comes at it attempts to expand its portfolio to become a one-stop shop for security.

By making such acquisitions, Symantec says it is "poised to drive the adoption of identity security as the means to provide simple and secure access to anything from anywhere, to prevent identity fraud and to make online experiences much more user-friendly and hassle-free."

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tengeta tengeta said:

Well... out the window goes secure SSL for most websites. F***ing Symantec? These are the morons that infect generations of computers with their anti-virus virus.

viperpfl said:

WOW!!!! Symantec is still around?

windmill007 said:

Who's Symantec?

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Hasn't this company died already? every time I come past one of their products (well backup exec is ok and some of their drive ghosting programs) its a pile of rubbish! their anti-virus being the worse program since the discovery of the super devil!

PanicX PanicX, TechSpot Ambassador, said:

This sucks. Symantec systematically purchases and destroys vendors products. Not that I can say Verisign offered a great product, they're pricing is WAY overinflated. But I don't see how this will benefit us at all.

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