Cupertino, Calif. - Software security provider Symantec announced today that it completed its acquisition of Houston-based BindView Development Corp., a provider of agent-less IT security compliance software.

Symantec's goal with the acquisition is to offer a choice of either agent-based or agent-less solutions that will enable users to define, control, and sustain their IT compliance requirements. Agent-based and agent-less policy compliance solutions are complementary capabilities in the IT environment, and they address different customer needs. Symantec's agent-based technology architecture offers compliance and vulnerability management and is designed for enterprises that have complex and heterogeneous IT environments. BindView's agent-less architecture, which is less IT staff-intensive, is suitable for organizations faced with managing a large number of systems that are not centrally located, such as Windows desktop machines deployed throughout the enterprise.

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