NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Symantec (SYMC) were higher in late afternoon trading on Monday, as it announced earlier today that it will acquire U.S. identity theft protection services company LifeLock (LOCK) for $2.3 billion.
LifeLock combined with Symantec's Norton antivirus software will allow the company to "deliver comprehensive cyber defense for consumers," Symantec Chief Executive Officer Greg Clark said in the announcement. "This acquisition marks the transformation of the consumer security industry from malware protection to the broader category of digital safety for consumers."
Clark joined CNBC's "Power Lunch" on Monday afternoon to talk more about the deal.
The combination of the two companies is "outstanding," he said. "We feel really good about the identity protection market and the association of that market to our Symantec subscribers."
Consumer cybercrime is at "crisis" levels, Clark said. The combination of its Norton malware protection platforms with LifeLock provides a "great synergy" for customers.
Some analysts have noted that LifeLock is a lower margin business. But Symantec is projecting a combined margin of 40%, which is "excellent," Clark noted.
The combined company is expected to grow in the low single digits in the near-term, with the opportunity to increase that over time, he added.
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