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Anti-virus suppliers Symantec and Axent merge



Internet security provider Symantec, which produces Norton anti-virus software, and Axent Technologies, which focuses on the commercial computer security market, have announced they are to merge.

The merger, which was originally announced in July this year, will be completed when the filing of the merger certificate in Delaware becomes effective.

As well as the Norton line of anti-virus and security software for homes and small businesses, Symantec makes software for firewalls, intrusion detection and vulnerability management. Axent's commercial computer security products include the NetProwler network monitoring software.

John W Thompson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Symantec, said the merger will result in "best-of-breed security products that work well together, work well with products from other security vendors and are supported by integration services".


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