Symantec was the biggest-selling security software vendor in the world last year, according to analyst Gartner.
The company took a 21 per cent share in the market for 2001 compared to 14.7 per cent in 2000, according to Gartner's Security Software Market Share report.
In Europe the company recorded a 16 per cent share.
John Schwarz, Symantec president and chief operating officer, said in a statement: "Recent blended attacks such as Bugbear and the denial of service assault on the internet backbone underscore the need for a holistic approach to security at all levels of a network."
According to the report, Symantec grew at a rate of 34 per cent compared to the security industry as a whole, which grew by just 10 per cent.
The vendor dominated the anti-virus market with a 50 per cent share, the report said.
Reseller Trustmarque Solutions praised Symantec's brand name and channel strategy. The majority of Symantec products sold by Trustmarque Solutions are antivirus but it deals with the vendor's entire range.
Jonathan Taylor, marketing manager for Trustmarque Solutions, said: "Many of Symantec's products sell themselves because of the good brand name and it is very active in the channel."
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