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Q&A: Symantec CEO On Split, New Security-Focused Channel Vision And Apple Vs. FBI

Symantec has had a busy year, completing its split, landing a massive strategic investment, and continuing to roll out new products and partner program. CRN caught up with CEO Michael Brown to hear how all these changes affect partners (as well as his thoughts on a few current events).

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The last time we talked was before the split. Can you give us an update?

We're excited about the changes that have occurred. At that time, we were still planning for the split. Now it has occurred, and for the first time in a decade, we are completely focused as a company on security. We had been targeting that milestone for some time. … We're very excited about the strategic investment from Silver Lake as well, because I think that's an external validation that the transformation or turnaround at Symantec is on track. … We didn't necessarily need the half a billion dollars that they brought, but what that allowed us to do was have an even better return to shareholders -- I think, the validation of what we're doing and then their help with some of what we need to do going forward, which is reduction in cost and potential M&A. … I think that will really help us with this next phase of what we need to get done.

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