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Symantec has announced a deal to acquire compliance specialist Sygate Technologies. Financial terms of the deal, announced Tuesday (16 August), were not disclosed but Symantec said it expects the deal to close shortly following customary regulatory approvals.

Sygate's technology helps enterprises enforce security policies on endpoint devices – desktops, laptops, servers, and mobile devices – ensuring, for example, that systems are running with up-to-date security patches. The technology allows firms to remediate noncompliant systems and enforce network access controls so that insecure devices are denied access to network resources even when users take their mobile devices off a corporate network. Symantec plans to integrate this technology with its own anti-virus and client security products once the acquisition goes through.

The Sygate deal comes weeks after Symantec completed its $13.5bn mega-merger with storage giant Veritas and follows a string of smaller purchases by it over recent months. These acquisitions include TurnTide, anti-spam specialist Brightmail, SafeWeb and others. ®

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