Symantec which is an American technology company headquartered in Mountain-View, California, is a company that produces software for security, storage, backup and availability while offering professional services to support its software.
Well, it seems that the company has taken a major leap in acquisitions as of this week.
The company has recently announced that they have acquired the U.S. based identity-theft protection services company LifeLock for a value of $2.3 billion.
Fortune reports that the deal will expand Symantec’s consumer offerings after its $4.65-billion purchase in August of Blue Coat, which helps companies maintain security over the internet. It would also represent a victory for activist hedge fund Elliott Management, which had pushed LifeLock to explore its options. Symantec said the LifeLock deal is not expected to have a material impact on its financial results next year, and reaffirmed its fiscal year 2017 and 2018 guidance.
So my question, how did this happen and what makes this acquisition so important by today’s standards?
Well let’s just say Symantec does bring an impressive portfolio that carries amazing clout.
Symantec offers an array of services for consumers and businesses within the security industry.
One major component is the ability to provide current up to date threat reports in real-time.
Symantec reports that in 2015, the number of zero-day vulnerabilities discovered more than doubled to 54, a 125 percent increase from the year before.
Or put another way, a new zero-day vulnerability was found every week (on average) in 2015.
Given the value of these vulnerabilities, it’s not surprising that a market has evolved to meet demand per one of many statistical-reports provided too customers.
Symantec also reports that in 2015, we saw a record-setting total of nine mega-breaches, and the reported number of exposed identities jumped to 429 million.
But this number hides a bigger story. In 2015, more companies chose not to reveal the full extent of their data breaches.
A conservative estimate of unreported breaches pushes the number of records lost to more than half a billion.
Now combine the success of LifeLock and the success and power of Symantec this is a security match made in heaven. What makes this statement concrete though?
LifeLock is based out of Tempe, Arizona. It offers services like monitoring new account openings and credit-related applications in order to alert consumers about unauthorized use of their identity.
It also works with government agencies, merchants and creditors to remediate the impact of identity theft.
Executive Vice-President Fran Rosch of Norton Business Unit, stated that Symantec had dabbled in identity security but has nowhere near Lifelock’s 4.4 million members.
He goes on later to say that “We had to extend our value proposition. It was a no brainer for us to get back to growth.”
Symantec also said the LifeLock deal is not expected to have a concrete material impact on its financial results next year, and reaffirmed its fiscal year 2017 and 2018 guidance.
The deal also represents a victory for activist hedge fund Elliott Management Corp, which had pushed LifeLock to explore its options.
I really believe that with this merger like acquisition will be a great benefit. Below are a few statistics and analytical reports by Safe Smart Living:
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- In 2014, more than 1 billion records containing personally identifiable information were leaked.
- Medical identity theft is on the rise, 500,000 victims in 2014 alone.
- In 2014, $5.8 billion was given to identity thieves from the IRS due to fraudulent returns. Identity thieves use random social security numbers to file tax forms and by chance, it could be yours.
- The number one consumer complaint to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2014 was identity theft. It has ranked 1st place for 15 years running.
- Children are susceptible to identity theft. Since most people under-18 are not actively applying for credit or monitoring it, minors can become easy prey.
- 19 people become victims of identity theft every minute.
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So in the grand scheme of things what does this all really mean? Does this mean that this is one of the biggest mergers in history?
Well maybe it is all of those things, but we just have to let time tell.
Engadget reports that LifeLock received other offers (reportedly from private equity firms, Bloomberg says), but said in a press release that Symantec was its “ideal strategic partner.”
Indeed, its business model aligns closely with Symantec, which charges $20 and up for a year of often unnecessary anti-virus protection.
Now, I do feel this is a major plus and step in the right direction for both companies.
Think about it, now these two companies are able to bounce ideas off one another and expand into diverse arenas while continuing to grow their business.
I also believe this is a plus for consumers as now you have one company that can offer a plethora of security services.
I feel that security in the future looks great and has an even more stable foundation to last for years to come.