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Knowledge Identifier: &Symantec



American global computer security software corporation headquartered in Mountain View, California add

Category: Business (83)

Founded in 1982.

Countries: United States (50%), (36%), Japan (3%)

Main connections: HiJaak, Symantec Endpoint Protection, Blue Coat Systems

Linked to: Public company, Stanford University, Synex Systems Corporation, Avira




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Founded in 1982 by Gary Hendrix with a National Science Foundation grant, Symantec was originally focused on artificial intelligence-related projects, including a database program add something


As a result, later in 1984 Symantec was acquired by another, smaller software startup company, C&E Software, founded by Denis Coleman and Gordon Eubanks and headed by Eubanks add something


In 1984 it became clear that the advanced natural language and database system that Symantec had developed could not be ported from DEC minicomputers to the PC. This left Symantec without a product, but with expertise in natural language database query systems and technology add something


Turner had been in interviews and discussions with C&E Software in early 1984 about becoming the president of C&E. These discussions had ended when the two companies merged add something


After a slow start for sales of Q&A in the fall of 1985 and spring of 1986, Turner signed up a new advertising agency called Elliot Dickens, embarked on an aggressive new advertising campaign, and came up with the "Six Pack Program" in which all Symantec employees, regardless of role, went on the road, training and selling dealer sales staff nationwide in the USA. Turner named it Six Pack because employees were to work six days a week, see six dealerships per day, train six sales representatives per store and stay with friends free or at Motel 6 add something


In 1985, Rod Turner negotiated the publishing agreement with David Whitney for Symantec's second product, which Turner named NoteIt add something


Q&A was released in November 1985 add something


During 1986, Vern Raburn and Gordon Eubanks swapped roles, and Eubanks became CEO and president of Symantec, while Raburn became its chairman add something


In the summer of 1986 Eubanks and Turner recruited Tom Byers from Digital Research, to expand the Turner Hall Publishing product family and lead the Turner Hall effort add something


In 1987, Byers recruited Ted Schlein into the Turner Hall Product Group to assist in building the product family and in marketing add something


Dave Winer - In 1987, at the height of his company's success, Winer sold Living Videotext to Symantec for an undisclosed but substantial transfer of stock that "made his fortune


Breakthrough Software - It was acquired by Symantec in 1987 and subsequently integrated into the company


These businesses and the Living Videotext acquisition were consistently unprofitable for Symantec, and these losses diverted expenditures away from both the Q&A for Windows and the TimeLine for Windows development efforts during the critical period from 1988 through 1992 add something


UserLand Software - Dave Winer founded the company in 1988 after leaving Symantec in the spring of 1988


In 1989, Eubanks hired John Laing as VP worldwide sales, and Turner transferred the international division to Laing add something


Eubanks recruited Bob Dykes to be Exec VP for operations and finance, in preparation for the upcoming IPO. In July 1989 Symantec had its IPO. add something


PcAnywhere - & Symantec took the unprecedented step of giving out free upgrades to all customers that had a previous version of Symantec pcAnywhere dating back to the late 1990s


In May 1990 Symantec announced its intent to merge with and acquire Peter Norton Computing, a developer of various utilities for DOS. Turner was appointed as product group manager for the Norton business, and made responsible for the merger, with P&L responsibility add something


Turner decided to use the Norton name for obvious reasons, on what became the "Norton Antivirus", which Turner and the Norton team launched in 1991 add something


Encryption - A publicly available public key encryption application called Pretty Good Privacy was written in 1991 by Phil Zimmermann, and distributed free of charge with source code; it was purchased by Symantec in 2010 and is regularly updated


Antivirus software - In 1991, in the USA, Symantec released the first version of Norton Anti-Virus


Breakthrough Software - Symantec continued to release versions of Timeline until at least version 6,0 in 1994


Reflections Projections - Sponsors for the 1996 conference included AMD, Boeing, Citrix Systems, Cray Research, Intel, Northrop Grumman, Symantec and others


Reflections Projections - The 1997 conference was sponsored by Abbott Laboratories, Andersen Consulting, Silicon Graphics, Boeing, John Deere, Green Hills Software, HP, InstallShield, Intel, Microsoft, the NSA, State Farm, Symantec, and Tellabs


Established in 1998, Altiris is headquartered in Lindon, Utah, United States add something


HiJaak - At some time between 1998 and 2000, Symantec sold HiJaak to International Microcomputer Software, Inc. , of Novato, California, who incorporated it into their business products line


HiJaak - At some time between 1998 and 2000, Symantec sold HiJaak to International Microcomputer Software, Inc. , of Novato, California, who incorporated it into their business products line


HiJaak - In 1998, after the market for DOS utilities collapsed, Quarterdeck was acquired by Symantec


HiJaak - In 1998, after the market for DOS utilities collapsed, Quarterdeck was acquired by Symantec


George Reyes - In 2000 George joined Symantec's board of directors


July 5, 2005 was the first day of business for U.S. offices of the new, combined software company add something


Symantec's shareholders voted to approve the merger on June 24, 2005; the deal closed successfully on July 2, 2005 add something


As of November 30, 2005 all Sygate personal firewall products were discontinued by Symantec and now appear to be part of Symantec's Norton range called Norton Personal Firewall add something


They have confirmed that the leak included source code for 2006 versions of Norton Utilities, pcAnywhere, and Norton Antivirus add something


Company85 - In 2006 Company-i was acquired by & Symantec and became the UK and EMEA consulting arm of Symantec Global Services


Mark Russinovich - In 2006, Russinovich discovered a rootkit in a product of security software company Symantec


Antivirus software - For example, in May 2007 a faulty virus signature issued by Symantec mistakenly removed essential operating system files, leaving thousands of PCs unable to boot


Huawei - Huawei and American security firm Symantec announced in May 2007 the formation of a joint-venture company to develop security and storage solutions to market to telecommunications carriers


Symantec Endpoint Protection - The first release of Symantec Endpoint Protection was published in September 2007 and was called version 11,0


Stuxnet - On the other hand, researchers at Symantec have uncovered a version of the Stuxnet computer virus that was used to attack Iran's nuclear program in November 2007, being developed as early as 2005, when Iran was still setting up its uranium enrichment facility


Pharming - In January 2008, Symantec reported a drive-by pharming incident, directed against a Mexican bank, in which the DNS settings on a customer's home router were changed after receipt of an e-mail that appeared to be from a legitimate Spanish-language greeting-card company


Precise Software Solutions took over development, product management, marketing and sales for the APM business, launching as an independent company on September 17, 2008 add something


The acquisition closed on November 17, 2008 add something


Symantec Endpoint Protection - In 2009, & Symantec introduced a managed service, whereby Symantec staff deploy and manage Symantec Endpoint Protection installations remotely


Because of the lack of details provided by Verisign, it was not clear whether the breach impacted the Certificate Signing business, acquired by Symantec in late 2010 add something


In March of 2010 it was reported the Symantec and Client Security Symantec were prone to a vulnerability that may allow an attacker to bypass on-demand scans add something


Sometime in 2010 Verisign experienced repeated hacks that compromised their network and data add something


The year 2010 caused problems for Symantec Endpoint add something


Computer security - According to Symantec, in 2010, 94 percent of organizations polled expect to implement security improvements to their computer systems, with 42 percent claiming cyber security as their top risk


Verisign - Because of the lack of details provided by Verisign, it was not clear whether the breach impacted the Certificate Signing business, acquired by Symantec in late 2010


Company85 - It was formed in 2010 following a management buyout from Symantec


Verisign - Prior to selling its certificate business to Symantec in 2010, Verisign had more than 3,000,000 certificates in operation for everything from military to financial services and retail applications, making it the largest CA behind the encryption and authentication on the Internet, which most people recognize as the small padlock icon in their Web browser when shopping online or logging into a secure website


Spotify - On 28 January 2010, Symantec's antivirus software marked Spotify as a Trojan horse, disabling the software across millions of computers


The acquisition closed on June 4, 2010 add something


The acquisition closed on August 9, 2010 add something


Intellectual Ventures - On December 8, 2010, in its 10th year of operations, Intellectual Ventures filed its first lawsuit, accusing Check Point, McAfee, Symantec, &Trend_Micro, Elpida, Hynix, Altera, Lattice and Microsemi of patent infringement


In January of 2011 multiple vulnerabilities were reported in Symantec products that could be used to create Denial of Service and compromise a system add something


SiriusDecisions Summit - Previous winners include F5 Networks, Iron Mountain and Kronos Incorporated in 2011; Adobe Systems, Citrix, Concur, &SAP (SAP_AG) and Symantec in 2012; and CDW, Dell, LinkedIn, Pegasystems and Siemens PLM Software in 2013


Brightmail - The Brightmail name continued to be used by Symantec, and "Powered by Brightmail," until 2011 when most products were renamed or deprecated


Bitcoin - In June 2011, Symantec warned about the possibility of botnets engaging in covert "mining" of bitcoins, consuming computing cycles, using extra electricity and possibly increasing the temperature of the computer


As of September 25, 2011 the latest released version of Small Business protection suite is 4 add something


Symantec has responded that this is from the same code leaked in January, 2012 add something


Symantec Endpoint Protection - In early 2012, source code for Symantec Endpoint Protection was stolen and published online


Symantec Endpoint Protection - In late 2012, Symantec released version 12,1


Brightmail - The CEO at the time of acquisition was Enrique Salem, who later went on to become the CEO of Symantec, Inc before being deposed in 2012


On January 12, 2012, James Gross sued Symantec for running fake "Scareware" scans that alert users to errors and problems that are on their computers add something


On January 17, 2012, Symantec admitted to their network getting hacked add something


The acquisition agreement between Symantec and Nukona was announced on March 20, 2012 add something


Duqu - The certificates were due to expire on 2 August 2012 but were revoked on 14 October 2011 according to Symantec


On September 25, 2012 an affiliate of the hacker group Anonymous published source code from Norton Utilities add something


In January 2013, CEO Steve Bennett announced a major corporate reorganization with a goal of reducing costs and improving their product line add something


In May 2013, Symantec announced they were discontinuing the PC Tools line of internet security software add something


As of June 2013, the widely respected Customer Service Scoreboard rated Symantec's customer service as "disappointing" add something


In December 2013, Symantec announced they were discontinuing and retiring the entire PC Tools brand and offering a non expiring license to PC Tools Performance Toolkit, PC Tools Registry Mechanic, PC Tools File Recover, and PC Tools Privacy Guardian users with an active subscription as of December 4, 2013 add something


Narus (company) - In 2014, Narus was sold to Symantec


Symantec Endpoint Protection - In 2014, Offensive Security discovered an exploit in Symantec Endpoint Protection during a penetration test of a financial services organization


March 2014, Symantec fired Steve Bennett from his CEO position and named Michael Brown as interim president and chief executive add something


PcAnywhere - In May 2014 & Symantec announced the end of life for Symantec pcAnywhere, and according to its FAQ "At this time,Symantec has no plans to introduce a replacement remote control product


Tinder (application) - In July 2014, online security firm Symantec warned that Tinder is suffering from a number of different spam campaigns using fake profiles


On October 9, 2014, Symantec declared that the company would separate into two independent publicly traded companies add something


Narus (company) - In 2015, Narus was sold to Symantec


Symantec confirmed on January 28, 2015 that the information management business would be called Veritas Technologies Corporation, marking a return of the Veritas name add something


In February 2015 Symantec was found guilty of two countes of patent infringement in a suit by Intellectual Ventures Inc and ordered to pay 17 million in compensation and damages, add something


Blue Coat Systems - It was sold to Bain Capital in March 2015 and Symantec in 2016


Blue Coat Systems - It was sold to Bain Capital in March 2015 and Symantec in 2016


In August 2015, Symantec agreed to sell Veritas to private equity firm Carlyle for an undisclosed fee add something


On September 18, 2015, Google notified Symantec that they issued 23 test certificates without domain owner's knowledge to five organizations that includes Google and Opera add something


Symantec Endpoint Protection - As of 2016, Symantec claims to use data from 175 million devices that have installed Endpoint Security in 175 countries


The acquisition is due to be completed by January 29, 2016 add something


In April 2016 Symantec's CEO Mike Brown steps down eventually, but remain in the job until a successor is named add something


Also, in May 2016, "'Symantec"' announced it is going to cut 1,200 jobs as part of major business restructure add something


On June 13, 2016 it was announced that Symantec has acquired Blue Coat for 4,65 billion add something


In July 2016, Symantec introduced a solution to help carmarkers protect connected vehicles against zero-day attacks add something


In September 2016, this decision was reversed on appeal by the Federal Circuit add something


Shamoon - Shamoon made a surprise comeback in November 2016 according to Symantec


lifeLock - As of 20 November 2016, it is a subsidiary of Symantec


Verisign - Symantec later sold this unit to DigiCert in 2017


Ernst & Young - In February 2017, in response to questions regarding misissued certificates, Symantec stated they would no longer accept WebTrust audits from E&Y Korea and E&Y Brazil due to deficiencies in these audits


lifeLock - As of 9 February 2017, it is a subsidiary of Symantec


On March 24, 2017, Google says that it has lost confidence with Symantec, after the latest incident of improper certificate issuance add something


In August 2017, Symantec announced that it had agreed to sell its business unit that verifies the identity of websites to Thoma Bravo add something


On January 4, 2018, Symentec and BT announced their partnership that provides new endpoint security protection add something


In May 2018 Symantec released a press release saying: "The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors has commenced an internal investigation in connection with concerns raised by a former employee regarding the Company's public disclosures including commentary on historical financial results, its reporting of certain Non-GAAP measures including those that could impact executive compensation programs, certain forward-looking statements, stock trading plans and retaliation add something


ESET - According to Gartner Peersight, as of July 2018, It's main competitors in Endpoint Protection are : Symantec, &Kaspersky_Lab, Sophos, McAfee, Trend Micro, and Microsoft


In August 2018, Symantec announced that the hedge fund Starboard Value had put forward five nominees to stand for election to the Symantec Board of Directors at Symantec's 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders add something


In September 2018, Symantec ://investor add something


Mozilla Firefox will remove trust in Symantec-issued certificates by Firefox 63, due to be released on October 23, 2018 add something


On May 9, 2019, Symantec announced that CEO Greg Clark was stepping down with immediate effect and that board member Rick Hill, previously put forward by Starboard, had been appointed interim president and CEO. Vincent Pilette joined Symantec as its new CFO. add something