Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Symantec Attempts Suicide

The big news this week is Symantec's articulation of antivirus futility (see the Register story here).  Given that antivirus is 40% of their business, this is a pretty good attempt at suicide. Especially since their plan going forward is to continue playing defense only:
Symantec will now concentrate on providing business customers with security as a service – tracking intrusions as they occur, advising on the best way to protect data from collection, and finding out who is doing the attacking.
My assertion of their attempted suicide is NOT their disavowal of antivirus products. It's their continuation of a defense-only strategy that would leave any athletic coaches hoarse from screaming epithets peppered with interspecies reproductive suggestions.

Get set for yet another Symantec management shakeup.

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