Global HQ: Mountain View, California, US Website: www.symantec.com
Global leader: Enrique Salem, president and CEO
Local leader: Stuart Preston, national sales manager, New Zealand
Core activity: Security, storage and systems management solutions
Revenue: US$6 billion (FY2009-2010, ended March 31)
Key customers: HealthAlliance New Zealand, Integral Axon, Waste Management NZ, Telstra, Australian Federal Police, Australian Sports Commission, China Mobile Group
Symantec has continued on the acquisition path this year, scooping up the VeriSign identity and authentication business, and adding email and data encryption specialists PGP and GuardianEdge to its group. Additional merger and acquisition activity in the security space is likely to continue into the first quarter of 2011, according to Forrester Research. Following Intel’s acquisition of McAfee in August and Hewlett-Packard’s takeover of security software firm ArcSight in September, media reports speculate that a merger could be next for Symantec. The recent activity has buoyed Symantec shares, which hit a yearly low prior to the McAfee deal. Oracle, IBM and Microsoft are mentioned as potential buyers. Symantec has released a range of new products, including tools to prevent data loss through social media and to protect information in private clouds. Ulrika Hedquist
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