Symantec is to acquire network access control and endpoint security company Sygate to enhance its security product portfolio.
The value of the purchase has not been revealed, although it will be small change compared to Symantec’s recently completed $13.5bn (£7.95bn) acquisition of data security company Veritas.
“Securing the ‘endpoints’ of a corporate network is a challenge that affects all enterprises,” said Chris Christiansen, an analyst at IDC.
“Companies are looking for integrated offerings that can both protect the network and ensure that endpoints are compliant with security policies. This acquisition will give customers a complete endpoint compliance solution while helping to reduce complexity and cost,” he said.
Endpoint compliance solutions help organisations enforce security by guaranteeing that all devices connected to a network – desktops, laptops, servers, and mobile devices – are running the appropriate security solutions, are configured correctly, and possess up-to-date patches.
Symantec said the acquisition will allow it to help companies enforce business policies and automate security practices, to regain control of network security, reduce costs and ensure compliance across the organisation.
The Sygate Universal Network Access Control system enables enterprises to extend the protection of network access control to every type of network access, including VPNs, wireless links and home networks, and on all endpoints including desktops, laptops, servers, guest systems and embedded devices.
The system allows them to define how secure an endpoint must be before it can access specific network resources, even when users take their mobile devices off the corporate network.