Symantec to Scoop Up Gideon Technologies

Paul Lilly

Security firm Symantec this week said it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Gideon Technologies, a risk management company that should slip nicely into the firm's security portfolio.

"As the U.S. Government continues to make the cyber security of our country’s public and private infrastructures a priority, Symantec will support public sector customers with standards-based solutions that meet their complex compliance requirements with the highest degree of accuracy," said Gigi Schumm, vice president and general manager public sector, Symantec. "As demonstrated by this acquisition, Symantec is committed to SCAP and emerging standards and intends to lead the ongoing advancement of these standards."

Symantec said it plans to integrate its Gideon Technologies' SecureFusion product with the Symantec Management Platform (formerly the Altiris platform) to help flesh out the company's automated situational awareness, continuous compliance, and remediation management offerings.

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