>> As Reuters first reported, some of the best known names in American software have for years allowed Russia to inspect their prize source code as the price for access to the lucrative Russian market. But a handful of others such as online security firm Symantec have refused to play the game.
Symantec's CEO Greg Clark says his company stopped allowing Moscow to review the code in his company's products out of fear it would compromise their security. Clark telling Reuters, quote, these are secrets or things necessary to defend. Cybersecurity reporter Dustin Volz conducted the exclusive interview.>> Symantec choice to not allow government strict demand short code of use of its products really highlights this critical tension for US companies who want to give their products to the US government and make sure they're secure they also wanna expand their markets internationally.
>> Reuters reported last week that Hewlett Packard enterprise allowed a Russian defense agency to review the inner workings of ArcSight. Cyber defense software heavily used by the Pentagon. Symantec's decision has been praised by some western cyber security experts who say they put security over sales. And concern is growing as foreign governments grow more demanding about cyber security.
>> We've seen, in countries such as Russia and China, demands picking up for western companies in the United States and in the Europe to share more of their secrets for their technology products in order to do business in those places. There are those who are concerned that this is really reflective of a trend in the Internet security industry where we're seeing a sort of
] in how these services are being delivered.
Increasingly we're seeing some companies have to choose to be a predominantly American or Western security player or in the European context, they have different privacy laws, so operating in that context is different. And then, of course, we have the authoritarian regimes in China and Russia. So when you see a sorta splintering of the Internet and the companies that are able to do business there and it makes it a lot harder for the companies to be able to navigate all different fragments of the Internet that we're seeing today, amid, of course, the backdrop of Increasing cyber security vulnerabilities and cyber attacks are ways by nation states.
>> Clark admitting the decision was easier for Symantec than some other firms because its market share in Russia was still relatively small.