BindView buy advances Symantec's compliance push

Symantec plans to acquire compliance specialist BindView Development for $209m (£123m) to develop its regulatory compliance offering.

Symantec plans to acquire compliance specialist BindView Development for $209m (£123m) to develop its regulatory compliance offering.

The deal comes just two months after Symantec announced it would buy regulatory compliance specialist Sygate.

BindView develops security software designed to automate policy and compliance management, directory and access management, and vulnerability and configuration management.

The BindView purchase will strengthen Symantec’s existing policy compliance and vulnerability management products.

Symantec's current compliance products use agents installed on systems to check for regulatory compliance, but the BindView product allows users to check remotely for compliance without using agents.

Particularly critical systems, such as servers in the financial sector, may still need agents, but desktops may be suitable for cheaper, agent-less management systems.

BindView's technology will be merged with Symantec's Enterprise Security Manager product suite.

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