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Symantec Ships Norton AntiVirus for Internet Email Gateways

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

CUPERTINO, Calif. --February 24, 1997-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world's leading supplier of utilities and anti-virus software products today shipped Norton AntiVirus for Internet Email Gateways. This product provides anti-virus protection for corporations using Internet e-mail based on the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), by catching and destroying viruses found in e-mail attachments before they invade corporate computer networks. Norton AntiVirus for Internet Email Gateways provides an unparalleled added level of protection at the Internet gateway.

"Norton AntiVirus for Internet Email Gateways addresses the growing need for virus protection from Internet e-mail transmissions," said Enrique Salem, vice president of the Symantec Securities and Assistance business unit. "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 AntiVirus for Internet Email Gateways 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 AntiVirus for Internet Email Gateways before it is allowed to fully cross into the internal corporate WAN or LAN. Residing behind firewalls, Norton AntiVirus for Internet Email Gateways is easy to configure through a graphical user interface (GUI) and is transparent to users with no significant performance degradation to networks. Norton AntiVirus for Internet Email Gateways 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 AntiVirus for Internet Email Gateways will scan traffic that contains this file-type. Norton AntiVirus for Internet Email Gateways 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 AntiVirus for Internet Email Gateways scans the gateway, it sets up a "virtual PC." This becomes a "clean room" in which Norton AntiVirus for Internet Email Gateways 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 AntiVirus for Internet Email Gateways is backed by the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC). SARC is comprised of a dedicated team of virus experts whose sole mission is to provide swift, global responses to computer virus threats, proactively research and develop technologies that eliminate such threats, and educate the public on safe computing practices. As new computer viruses appear, SARC develops identification and detection for these viruses, and provides either a repair or delete operation, thus keeping users protected against the latest virus threats. These virus definitions updates are available free of charge (other than normal phone and Internet access charges) to users of Norton AntiVirus, and are easily obtained by using LiveUpdate or Intelligent Updater.

Pricing, Availability and System Requirements
The Norton AntiVirus for Internet Email Gateways is available through resellers in license packs of 50, 100, 500, 1000, and 5000. Using industry standard configuration and pricing each license pack provides a license for the number of PCs that will be supported by Norton AntiVirus for Internet Email Gateways. Estimated street prices range from $1,499 for 1-500 users per SMTP server to $5,999 for 1,001 users or more per SMTP server.

Minimum recommended system requirements include Pentium 133 MHz or above CPU, Windows NT 3.51 or above, CD-ROM, 16MB RAM, 10MB hard disk space, 1GB hard disk space for efficient server operation and TCP/IP 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 managed network 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) 441-6054 toll free or visit our site at the world wide web at www.symantec.com.

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