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NortonLifeLock Inc.
legal form Corporation
ISIN US6687711084
founding 1982
Seat Tempe , Arizona , United StatesUnited StatesUnited States 
management Rick Hill ( CEO )
Number of employees 12,625
sales 4,019,000,000 US dollars
Branch Software development
As of April 1, 2016

The NortonLifeLock Inc. ( NASDAQ : NLOK) is an American developer of security software for home users. The company is headquartered in Tempe , Arizona .


Logo until 2010
Symantec logo since 2010, now part of Broadcom

The company was founded in 1982 by Gary Hendrix under the name Symantec . It has been listed on the NASDAQ since June 23, 1989 .

In December 2004, the company announced, for 13.5 billion US dollars the backup specialists VERITAS Software to take over. With the takeover, the company has risen to become one of the world's largest software houses. In 2008, Huawei founded the joint ventureHuawei Symantec ” with Symantec . VERITAS was sold again in January 2016.

On October 5, 2009, Symantec relocated from Palo Alto to Mountain View .

At the end of Symantec's 2008 fiscal year, John W. Thompson stepped down as CEO and President. Since April 4, 2009, Enrique Salem (formerly COO ) has been President and CEO of Symantec. Steve Bennett was the new Chairman of the Board for Symantec on October 25, 2011. Symantec announced on July 25, 2012 that Enrique Salem has resigned from his position as President and CEO of the company. The board of directors has named Steve Bennett as the new President and CEO of Symantec. In addition, he will retain the position of Chairman of Symantec.

In June 2013, Symantec announced that it would lay off 1,700 of its approximately 21,000 employees by the beginning of 2014 - this will particularly affect management.

The return to a company focused purely on security was heralded in February 2016 with the sale of VERITAS. This strategic realignment was continued in August of the same year with the purchase of Bluecoat and the appointment of Greg Clark as CEO.

As of April 17, 2018, Google's Chrome browser (> Version 66) will no longer accept SSL certificates from Symantec.

Under pressure from some major shareholders, large parts of the company, including the brand name Symantec, were sold to Broadcom Inc. for 10.7 billion US dollars on November 4, 2019 . The retail business with the Norton brand and LifeLock remained with Symantec Corporation, which then renamed itself NortonLifeLock Inc. At the same time, the headquarters were relocated from Mountain View , California to Tempe, Arizona.


With LiveUpdate , Symantec offers a method for downloading product updates. The programs for home users (usually recognizable by the “Norton” brand in the product name) usually require a subscription, which is usually included in the purchase price for one year. Trial versions have a shorter subscription, usually 180 days. After this period you have to renew the subscription. In the corporate version, the antivirus programs include one year of maintenance (virus definitions, product updates and technical support) and can optionally be extended by up to three years or extended by up to three years at the end of the term.

Further corporate takeovers

  • 1990: Peter Norton Computing : Norton Commander , Norton Utilities
  • 1994: Central Point Software : PC Tools
  • 1995: Delrina: WinFax , WinComm , FormFlow
  • 1998: Binary Research: Ghost
  • 1998: Quarterdeck Corporation: CleanSweep
  • 1999: WRQ: AtGuard
  • 2000: AXENT Technologies: Firewall and VPN software
  • 2002: SecurityFocus
  • 2003: PowerQuest: Partition Magic , Drive Image
  • 2004: ON Technology Corp. : System management software
  • 2004: @stake: L0phtCrack
  • 2004: Brightmail: Anti-Spam Software
  • 2005: Sygate: Desktop Firewall and Network Access Control (NAC)
  • 2005: Veritas: backup , high availability , data recovery software
  • 2006: BindView: IT compliance software
  • 2006: Relicore: Datacenter inventory
  • 2006: Revivio: Continuous Data Protection
  • 2006: Company-i: IT Consulting
  • 2007: Altiris : Client Management , System Management Software
  • 2007: Vontu: Data Loss Prevention
  • 2008: AppStream: Application Streaming
  • 2008: PC Tools: security and system software
  • 2008: nSuite: Remote Workspace
  • 2008: SwapDrive: Online Storage
  • 2008: MessageLabs: Online Messaging Security
  • 2010: GuardianEdge and PGP Corporation including TC TrustCenter GmbH
  • 2010: VeriSign's authentication and identity division
  • 2011: Clearwell: eDiscovery
  • 2012: LiveOffice: Email archiving in the cloud
  • 2012: Nukona: Mobile Application Management (MAM)
  • 2016: Blue Coat
  • 2016: LifeLock

Symantec products (selection)

For the end user

For Business (sold to Broadcom)

    • Symantec Data Loss Prevention: Discover, monitor and protect sensitive data
    • Symantec CloudSOC: the CASB (Cloud Access Security Broker) solution from Symantec
    • Symantec VIP: Identity broker with 2-factor solution
    • Symantec Endpoint Encryption: Solution for encrypting hard drives and mobile data media
    • Symantec PGP Whole Disk Encryption: Encryption on the desktop
    • Symantec Encryption Management Server (SEMS): Key Management Server for encryption keys (formerly PGP Univerals Server)
    • Information Centric Security: Various modules for information centric encryption, tagging and analysis of information
    • Symantec Protection Suite: Various Symantec products from the security division for desktops and servers
    • Symantec Endpoint Protection: Endpoint security for desktops and servers
    • Symantec EDR: Detect and Response solution for the endpoint
    • Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud: SME solution for the protection of endpoints, which is managed completely from the cloud (SAAS)
    • Symantec Endpoint Protection Mobile: Protection for IOS and Android devices
    • Protection engine solutions: TCP / IP (ICAP) scan solutions for NAS, cloud and MS Sharepoint
    • Cloud Workload Protection: Automated security for public clouds (e.g. AWS, MS Azure or GCP)
    • Datacenter Security: hardening solution for segmenting servers according to the LPAC method
    • Symantec Messaging Gateway powered by Brightmail (SMG) (formerly: Symantec Brightmail Gateway - SBG): a messaging security application
    • Symantec Email.Cloud: Email Security as SAAS including detonation sandbox and ATP
    • Symantec Mail Security (SMS): an anti spam and antivirus application
    • Phishing Readiness: Phishing e-mail simulator for training employees
    • Gateway Email Encryption (PGP): Part of the SEMS for situational encryption of emails
    • ProxySG, Advanced Secure Gateway (ASG) and Web Security Service (WSS) : Proxy solutions
    • Content Analysis : Malware analysis appliance including sandboxing technologies
    • Security Analytics : Forensic Network Capturing Appliance
    • Web Isolation: Solution for sandboxing browsers / web requests
    • SSL Visibility Appliance : Appliance for managing encrypted data traffic
    • Altiris Total Management Suite: IT Lifecycle Automation
    • Ghost Solution Suite: Deployment and automation solution for SMEs
    • Control Compliance Suite: Solution for risk assessment (compliance check) against public mandates, standards or private guidelines
    • Managed Security Services: Administration and monitoring service for security products (not only Symantec solutions)
    • Deepsight Intelligence: Different approaches to the threat intelligence information from Symantec
    • Incident Response: Emergency service that provides support with forensic / legally compliant evidence preservation and recovery after attacks or incidents
    • Symantec Network Access Control: Network access protection for desktops and servers. (discontinued)
    • Symantec Mobile Management: Management of mobile devices (discontinued)
    • Symantec Web Gateway : a web security application including proxy functionality (discontinued)
    • Symantec Security Information Manager: a SIEM system (SIEM: Security Information and Event Management) (discontinued / or only as MSS)
    • Symantec Enterprise Firewall (SEF): a pure software firewall (discontinued)
    • Symantec Gateway Security (SGS): a firewall application (deprecated)
    • Symantec Network Security (SNS): an Intrusion Detection System application (discontinued)

Development environment

  • Symantec C ++ - a C / C ++ compiler that emerged from Think C through the acquisition of Think Technologies (discontinued)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Symantec 2017 Form 10-K Report
  3. ^ Symantec: Thompson announces resignation
  6. ^ Report: Symantec laid off 1,700 employees . heise online. June 14, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  7. Confirmed: Symantec sells Veritas | . In: . August 12, 2015 ( [accessed September 28, 2018]).
  8. Blue Coat: Symantec to buy web security company for 4.6 billion . In: FAZ.NET . ISSN  0174-4909 ( [accessed September 28, 2018]).
  9. Fabian A. Scherschel: Comment on SSL certificates: Google's campaign of revenge against Symantec. In: heise online. February 23, 2018, accessed February 25, 2018 .
  12. Symantec buys BlueCoat for more than 4 billion US dollars ,
  13. Axel Kannenberg: Symantec wants to swallow the controversial security provider Lifelock. In: heise online. November 21, 2016. Retrieved November 22, 2016 .