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Behavior-Based Security: Symantec to Acquire Anti-Phishing Company

"Behavior-based" Security Technology Identifies Online Threats by their Actions and Characteristics.

Behavior-based security technology, i.e. technology that identifies online threats such as worms, viruses, Trojan horses, keystroke loggers, and phishing sites by their actions and characteristics, is about to become a core component of Symantec's baseline consumer security and enterprise desktop solutions.

The company has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire WholeSecurity, Inc., a leading provider of behavior-based security and anti-phishing technology.

WholeSecurity's technology analyzes the characteristics and actions of viruses, worms and other malicious code to offer real-time protection against these threats without the need for traditional security signatures.

"We have been the first line of defense for our customers, protecting them against new forms of malicious threats before signatures can be created," said J. Peter Selda, president and chief executive officer, WholeSecurity. "Combining our behavior-based technology with Symantec's industry leading solutions will allow us to deliver this capability to a much broader audience and move us further toward our vision of providing zero-hour protection for every endpoint."

The transaction is expected to close in October.

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