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January 2007

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Symantec Snub In response to Dennis Fisher's "Symantec 2.0" (November 2006), I think that Symantec is losing market share (at least my small part of it)--not gaining it--due to its acquisitions. The company is doing too much not well enough. I'd been a user and a fan of many of its enterprise products for over 12 years, now I'm switching to others as fast as I can. I used to use three of its main products--Veritas Backup Exec, Enterprise Antivirus and Security Gateway appliances. Now, we've solved user problems by removing the Symantec products and putting in Sophos; users are raving about how much faster their PCs are and how many fewer issues they've had to deal with. You think the Symantec transformation was a good one? Maybe from somewhere high above the forest, it does look pretty. Down here in the trees, though, it's pretty ugly. Jim MacLachlan Network administrator, The Shelter Group Differing Opinions In Bruce Schneier and Marcus Ranum's recent column "Do Federal Regulations Help?" (Face-Off, November 2006), the main ...

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