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The 10 Most Significant Security Acquisitions Of 2010

From the McAfee and Intel mega-marriage to Trend Micro's purchase of Mobile Armor, here are a few of the most significant security acquisitions of the year.

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Security Shopping Spree

No doubt, 2010 has been a busy year in the IT shopping department. As part of the growing consolidation trend in the IT industry, security companies were gobbled up like candy.

But it likely wasn’t just the ripe economic conditions that facilitated the security spending spree. As compliance regulations become more stringent and the number of malicious threats continues to rise, security is increasingly being regarded as a necessity, not an add-on or luxury. As such, many organizations have maintained or increased their security budgets, even as other IT spending areas were given the ax, making security an attractive acquisition target for any vendor looking to increase its relevance across the stack.

Here are 10 of the biggest and most significant security purchases this year.

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