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Top 10 Security Stories Of 2010

As smartphones and tablets complement and battle with notebooks and PCs as routes to the connected world, as corporate users and consumers turn to both traditional Web sites and newer social networking sites to communicate, share ideas, trade business concepts, and shop, corporate IT professionals and the government organizations overseeing the nation's cybersecurity are all-too aware they must do more. And they must do it fast. Recognizing this, the federal government hopes to create a new wave
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Security firms dipped into their bank accounts and went on shopping sprees over the past 12 months or so, looking to expand their offerings, enter new markets, or shore-up their position. Within only six months, a handful of developers spent more than $10 billion to purchase other vendors: Symantec picked up VeriSign, PGP, and GuardianEdge; IBM bought BigFix, OpenPages, and PSS Systems; Hewlett-Packard purchased Fortify and ArcSight, and CA acquired Arcot. In August, giant Intel surprised many industry experts when it bought security software developer McAfee for about $7.68 billion, generating buzz about the possibility of a suitor for arch-rival Symantec. Not to be left out, in late NovemberTrend Micro announced its plans to acquire Mobile Armor.

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Schwartz On Security: Reaching The M&A Tipping Point

Forrester Predicts Wave Of Security Acquisitions To Continue

Symantec To Buy VeriSign Unit For $1.28 Billion

Trend Micro To Buy Encryption Firm Mobile Armor

Intel To Buy Out McAfee For $7.68 Billion

Intel-McAfee Fallout: Who Will Buy Symantec?

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