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Symantec Announces Norton Internet Email Gateway at Internet World – Booth # 369 on Dec. 11, 12, and 13

Norton Internet Email Gateway™ Provides Robust Anti-Virus Protection for SMTP Gateways -- Detects and Destroys Viruses Before They Invade the Corporate Workplace

NEW YORK, NY -- December 11, 1996 -- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world’s leading supplier of utilities and anti-virus software products today announced Norton Internet Email GatewayTM. This new product provides anti-virus protection for corporations using Internet e-mail based on the Simple Mail Transfer Protocal (SMTP), by catching and destroying viruses found in e-mail attachments before they invade corporate computer networks. Norton Internet Email Gateway provides an unparalleled added level of protection at the Internet gateway.

“Norton Internet Email Gateway addresses the growing need for virus protection from Internet e-mail transmissions. The threat from Internet e-mail stems mostly from Macro viruses that are found in document attachments,” said Mary Engstrom, General Manager for the Security Business Unit of Symantec. “By detecting and destroying these viruses before the network is invaded, the corporate workplace is ensured of protection. Our development of robust anti-virus solutions such as Norton Internet Email Gateway is a serious commitment towards providing anti-virus protection to our corporate customers at all levels of their network infrastructure.”

Product Features
This latest addition to the Norton AntiVirus enterprise solutions is based on the award-winning Norton AntiVirus engine. All SMTP mail passing through the gateway must first pass through Norton Internet Email Gateway to be ‘certified’ before it is allowed to fully cross the gateway into the internal corporate WAN or LAN. Residing behind firewalls, Norton Internet Email Gateway is easy to configure through a graphical user interface (UI,) and is transparent to users with no significant performance degradation to networks. Norton Internet Email Gateway offers these additional unparalleled features:

  • Separate and configurable virus scanning policies for inbound and outbound traffic -- allowing an administrator to set different levels of protection for inbound and outbound traffic.
  • Provides unmatched scanning capability -- including the ability to add a virtually unlimited number of user-specified file extensions, providing more scalability and flexibility. When a virus occurs in a new file extension, users simply add the extension in and Norton Internet Email Gateway will scan traffic that contains this file-type. Norton Internet Email Gateway also scans ZIP, UUENCODE and MIME files, and finally, uses a multi-threaded scanning system to handle multiple simultaneous requests.
  • All-in-one package -- complete with e-mail forwarding, attachment decoding and virus scanning elimination.
  • Provides administrators with detailed logging capabilities -- including three options for administrators to handle infected files: withhold, repair/remove, and pass-through administration and configuration using an HTML-based graphical user interface (UI.)
  • Includes Symantec’s patent-pending Striker technology -- for detecting the dreaded Polymorphic viruses. Striker technology employs a revolutionary approach to the chameleon-like polymorphics. Each time Norton Internet Email Gateway scans the gateway, it sets up a “virtual PC.” This becomes a “clean room” in which Norton Internet Email Gateway safely executes the potentially infected file without endangering other files.
  • Automatic and free virus definition updates -- provided from the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) without any interruption of daily network.
About Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC)
Norton Internet Email Gateway is backed by the Norton AntiVirus, and are easily obtained by using LiveUpdate or Intelligent Updater.

Pricing, Availability and System Requirements
Norton Internet Email Gateway is expected to ship in early February, 1997. Pricing for corporate customers will be structured on a per node basis and will be announced before product release. Product information will be posted on the company’s web site at www.symantec.com.Minimum recommended system requirements include NT; Pentium 133MHz; 32 MB memory; 1 gigabyte free hard drive space; Windows NT Server 3.51/4.0 and TCP/IP Internet connection.

About Symantec Corporation
Symantec Corporation develops, markets, and supports a complete line of application and system software products designed to enhance individual and workgroup productivity as well as manage networked computing environments. Platforms supported include IBM personal computers and compatibles, Apple Macintosh computers as well as all major network operating systems. Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free or (541) 334-6054.

The press release contains forward-looking statements concerning product development efforts by Symantec. There are certain important factors that could cause Symantec’s future development efforts to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is obtained in the “Risk Factors” section of the Proxy statement dated July 29, 1996, the company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 29, 1996 and the Company’s Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ending September 27, 1996.

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