Symantec has reached agreement to buy security firm Nukona to strengthen its ability to secure the growing number of mobile devices in the enterprise as a result of the so-called bring your own device (BYOD) trend.
Symantec said the move would help it extend its enterprise mobility portfolio by allowing companies to secure data stored on employees' mobile devices, encrypt sensitive files and remotely wipe corporate data stored on devices.
Symantec said combining Nukona's technology with that from another recent purchase, Odyssey Software, will help firms address the security problems raised through employees using personal devices for work purposes.
"As the adoption of mobile devices and apps continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, one of the biggest challenges for customers is to protect and manage the native apps, data and environments of these devices," said CJ Desai, senior vice president for endpoint and mobility group at Symantec.
"The acquisition of Nukona helps us further address the consumerisation of IT and bring your own device trends by helping organisations protect and isolate corporate data and applications across both corporate owned and personally owned devices."
No financial details of the acquisitions were disclosed, with the deal expected to close in April.
The deal follows on from the release of Symantec's State of Mobility survey on Tuesday, which reported the cost of data breaches to UK firms has risen 68 per cent in the last five years to £79 per affected record, with the BYOD culture included as a key factor in many data breaches.
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