Symantec Buys Brightmail – A Step Towards Hybrid Spam Fighting

from the converged-spam-fighting dept

We’ve talked in the past about how the ways to fight all that ails your computer are converging. Symantec is realizing this, and has decided to to buy anti-spam firm Brightmail for $370 million. Symantec was already an investor in the company and owned approximately 11%. However, it does demonstrate that a single approach to fighting things like spam no longer makes sense. You can’t just have a network level protection system or a desktop level protection. Increasingly, computer security requires something of a hybrid model – and this acquisition supports that idea.

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