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Say good-bye to choice, 10.10.05

Security Watch: CNET reviews:

You know when an industry has matured; that's when companies begin purchasing one another at a rapid clip. This happened back in the 1980s when fledgling security supercompanies Symantec and McAfee went on a purchasing spree; and, it's happening again, only the players are slightly different. Within the last two years, Symantec purchased six security-related companies, Computer Associates bought six, Microsoft four, and McAfee and Trend Micro picked up two each. Some of the swallowed-up company names should be familiar: Groove, Qurb, PestPatrol, PowerQuest, and Tiny Personal Firewall. But here's the amazing thing: 11 of the 20 purchases occurred within 2005 alone. What does all this mean to you and me? Well, for one thing, less choice when it comes to security software. [..]

Here's a chart of who's who in the security space today.
(Alphabetical order)SymantecComputer AssociatesMicrosoftMcAfeeTrend Micro
@Stake (security auditing)Bought in 2004    
BrightMail (e-mail)Bought in 2004    
BindView (security)Bought in 2005    
Concord Communications (wireless, VoIP) Bought in 2005   
Foundstone (security auditing)   Bought in 2004 
FrontBridge (network security)  Bought in 2005  
Giant Software (antispyware)  Bought in 2004  
GeCAD (antivirus)  Bought in 2003  
Groove (P2P)  Bought in 2005  
Intermute (antispyware)    Bought in 2005
Kelkea (IP filtering)    Bought in 2005
Netegrity (security) Bought in 2004   
PestPatrol (antispyware) Bought 2004   
PowerQuest (drive utilities)Bought in 2003    
Qurb (antispam) Bought in 2005   
Sybari (antivirus, antispam)  Bought in 2005  
Sygate (firewall)Bought in 2005    
Tiny Personal FireWall (firewall) Bought 2005   
Veritas (backup)Bought in 2004    
Wireless Security Group (wireless)   Bought in 2005 
TotalsBought 6Bought 6Bought 4Bought 2Bought 2



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"We shall need compromises in the days ahead, to be sure. But these will be, or should be, compromises of issues, not principles. We can compromise our political positions, but not ourselves. We can resolve the clash of interests without conceding our ideals. And even the necessity for the right kind of compromise does not eliminate the need for those idealists and reformers who keep our compromises moving ahead, who prevent all political situations from meeting the description supplied by Shaw: "smirched with compromise, rotted with opportunism, mildewed by expedience, stretched out of shape with wirepulling and putrefied with permeation.
Compromise need not mean cowardice. .."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, "Profiles in Courage"


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