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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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2. Symantec - PGP - Guardian Edge

This three-way marriage instantly put Symantec at the top of the charts in the encryption space: the dual purchase of encryption leader PGP Corp. for $300 million along with its current OEM partner GuardianEdge for $70 million in April. Executives contended that the move further solidified Symantec as a competitive player in the data protection and encryption space by giving customers access to an array of technologies including full disk, removable media, e-mail, file, folder and smartphone, in addition to its existing end-point security, data loss prevention and gateway security offerings.

All in all, Symantec channel partners hailed the acquisition as a strategic move that provided necessary brand recognition while enabling the company to expand its offerings from full disk encryption to protecting data in motion.

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