Symantec ready to move on up

No longer content to view the enterprise from behind the consumer market fence, Symantec Corp. is trying to forge a new reputation as the Internet security vendor of choice for large corporations.

Best known for its Norton Utilities suite, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has spent the last year building up its enterprise arsenal, beginning with the acquisition of Intel Corp.’s security business. The build-up continues unabated, including the recent purchase of the Hampton, Va.-based URLabs. URLabs technology includes IGear software, which monitors Internet access.

Then last month, Symantec announced plans to roll its Internet tools division into a new, independent company. Although a firm decision has not been made, Symantec could recreate the division as a partly-owned subsidiary. This would affect, among other products, the Visual Caf

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