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Symantec Announces Norton Antivirus For Firewalls For Maximum Protection From Internet-Borne Viruses

Part of Symantec's Multi-Tier Security Solution -- Norton AntiVirus for Firewalls Provides Maximum Anti-Virus Security for Corporate Firewalls

CUPERTINO, Calif. --May 6, 1997-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world's leading supplier of utilities and anti-virus software products today announced the introduction of Norton AntiVirus for Firewalls. As part of the Norton AntiVirus product line, this new product provides comprehensive anti-virus protection for corporations with compatible firewalls, by catching and destroying Internet-borne viruses before they invade corporate computer networks. Supported by industry-leading firewall vendors, Norton AntiVirus for Firewalls is used in conjunction with an existing firewall to provide an unparalleled corporate gateway security solution that provides maximum anti-virus protection from Internet-spread viruses, with an unrivaled degree of administrative flexibility and control at minimal expense to network throughput. Combined with the recently-released Norton AntiVirus Internet Email Gateways, Symantec delivers a complete solution of anti-virus protection for the corporate network gateways. administrative flexibility and control.

"Norton AntiVirus for Firewalls addresses the growing need for a complete anti-virus solution at the corporate gateway level," said Enrique Salem, vice-president Symantec Security and Assistance Business Unit. "By detecting and destroying viruses in Internet, Web browsing, file transfer traffic, and Internet e-mail attachments, the corporate workplace is ensured of multi-level protection. Our development of robust anti-virus solutions such as Norton AntiVirus for Firewalls is a serious commitment towards providing Internet security and anti-virus protection to our corporate customers at all levels of their network infrastructure.".

Defining AntiVirus Technology Standards for Firewall Integration
NAV for Firewalls defines the standard for anti-virus technology integration with existing firewalls by minimizing network throughput degradation by intelligently scanning only suspicious traffic for viruses. An HTML user interface allows remote configuration. Supported by a consortium of industry-leading firewall vendors, NAV for Firewalls will be integrated seamlessly into existing corporate firewalls at virtually no degradation to overall network performance based on the revolutionary product architecture developed jointly by Symantec and Checkpoint Software Technologies. Symantec's partners include: Check Point Software Technologies, Trusted Information Systems (TIS), CyberGuard Corporation and Milkyway. In addition, Symantec plans to implement support for Microsoft's Proxy Server later this year. Together, these vendors hold approximately 50% market share of the firewall marketing according to market researcher International Data Corporation (IDC.)

"Norton AntiVirus for Firewalls takes full advantage of the capabilities of the OPSEC Content Vectoring Protocol (CVP) to minimize performance impact and to provide and maximize anti-virus protection to Check Point FireWall-1 users," said Asheem Chandna, Director of Business Development, Check Point Software Technologies, Inc.

Product Features and Benefits
This latest addition to the Norton AntiVirus product line is based on the award-winning Norton AntiVirus engine. Norton AntiVirus for Firewalls is a Windows NT-based virus scanning server which utilizes Norton AntiVirus detection and removal technology. To be installed on a separate PC, NAV for Firewalls can be directly integrated into compatible firewalls, independent of operating systems.

Another key benefit of NAV for Firewalls is that the administrator does not have to configure each of the client workstations individually to link up with a proxy, which prohibits any end-user by-pass possibilities. NAV for Firewalls is easy to configure through an HTML-based User Interface (UI), allowing multi-platform and remote configuration. NAV for Firewalls keeps track of detailed network security activities via a comprehensive activity log, and provides up-to-the-minute statistics of network activities in an HTML format to the network administrator.

NAV for Firewalls scans and removes viruses found in Internet traffic, and is also capable of repairing infected files before forwarding to the end-user. In addition to anti-virus protection, NAV for Firewalls also has the capability of being configured to prevent certain types of files from entering the network, such as Java.CLASS files. NAV for Firewalls can be configured to scan three types of common Internet protocol files; HTTP, FTP, and SMTP; as well as an additional fourth protocol to be determined by the firewall.

NAV for Firewalls incorporates an intelligent scanning architecture based on the Content Vectoring Protocol (CVP), whereby the firewall directs only suspicious traffic for a virus scan, which insures minimal impact to network throughput. NAV for Firewalls is highly scaleable in that it can be used to scan for any specific or all Internet protocols, depending up the needs of the corporation. The HTML user interface allows remote configuration. This architecture also allows NAV for Firewalls to be integrated with compatible firewalls of any platform, Unix or NT. In summary, NAV for Firewalls offers these additional unparalleled features:

  • Comprehensive protection scans incoming and outgoing traffic types - including HTTP, FTP, SMTP, and has a reserved slot for a fourth Internet protocol type (to be determined by the firewalls) for viruses. NAV for Firewalls also scans virtually unlimited numbers of file extensions.
  • Uses the award-winning, patent-pending Norton Anti-Virus Striker technology - an anti-virus engine capable of detecting and removing even the dreaded Polymorphic viruses. Striker technology employs a revolutionary approach to the chameleon-like polymorphics. Each time NAV for Firewalls scans the gateway, it sets up a "virtual PC." This becomes a "clean room" in which NAV for Firewalls safely executes the potentially infected file without endangering other files.Separate and configurable scanning policies - for scanning inbound and outbound traffic, and uses a multi-thread scanning system to handle multiple simultaneous requests and scans.
  • Provides maximum administrative flexibility - allowing administrators options for treating infected files including withhold (quarantine) and repair/remove.
  • Minimal performance impact - provides users with minimal throughput degradation.
  • Provides automatic and up-to-date virus definition updates, free via automatic and scheduleable LiveUpdate - provided from the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) without any significant interruption of the daily network activities.
  • Supported by an industry-leading consortium of firewall companies, NAV for Firewalls defines the standard of anti-virus for corporate firewalls. Compatible firewalls include:
    • Checkpoint Firewall - Version 3.0 for UNIX, NT
    • Trusted Information Systems (TIS) Gauntlet Firewall for UNIX 4.0 and NT
    • CyberGuard Firewall
    • Milkyway Blackhole Firewall (future release)(version 1.5, to be released Q2)
    • Microsoft Proxy Server 1.0 (future release2)
At the server level, NAV provides centralized control and customization, scheduled and on-demand scanning, and protection against virus transmissions within workgroups using Novell and NT servers. On the level of Internet Email (SMTP) Gateways, NAV for Internet Email Gateways detects and removes viruses hidden in attachments before they enter the corporation. Easy to configure and use via an HTML user interface, NAV-IEG provides minimal performance impact as it implements different scanning policies for inbound and outbound traffic.

For large corporations equipped with firewalls who are concerned with Internet security threats such as viruses and malicious objects in general, Symantec's latest product, Norton AntiVirus (NAV) for Firewalls, backed by the industry-leading firewall companies, takes out Internet-borne viruses in various common protocols such as HTTP, FTP, and SMTP. NAV for Firewalls is based on revolutionary architecture developed in conjunction with leading firewall companies. Highly scaleable and platform-independent with respect to firewall integration, NAV for Firewalls is easy to use via an HTML user interface and provides maximum anti-virus protection at minimal expense to network throughput.

Another key benefit of the entire NAV multi-tier product line up includes consistent and current one-click protection via LiveUpdate, which provides one button access to the latest virus definition updates and the visionary technology of the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC), the industry's leading virus research organization. SARC uses proactive Internet technology such as

Bloodhound to prevent viruses from entering the corporate workplace. In addition, according to Secure Computing Best of Breed Solution Summary, January 1997, SARC leads the industry with a 99.5% overall detection rate of "in the wild" viruses, using technologies such Seeker and SARA, next generation Polymorphic virus detection, and Macro Virus Protection (MVP) which uses access control technology to detect and remove macro viruses from infected documents. The comprehensive line of Norton AntiVirus products include:

  • Norton AntiVirus (NAV) 3.0 for DOS Windows 3.1
  • Norton AntiVirus (NAV) 2.0 for Windows 95
  • Norton AntiVirus (NAV) NT 2.0 for Windows NT
  • Norton AntiVirus (NAV) Internet for Netscape
  • Norton AntiVirus (NAV) 2.0 NetWare for Novell
  • Symantec AntiVirus (SAM) 4.5 for Macintosh
  • Norton AntiVirus (NAV) for Internet Email Gateways - NAV-IEG
  • Norton AntiVirus (NAV) for Firewalls

About Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC)
NAV for Firewalls 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 via LiveUpdate: one-button access to virus definition updates.

Pricing, Availability and System Requirements
NAV for Firewalls is expected to ship in mid-June, 1997. Pricing for corporate customers will be based on the number of users per firewall. For 1-500 users per firewall, Norton AntiVirus for Firewalls starts at $1,999, Estimated Retail Price (ERP); for 501-1000 users per firewall, the price is $3,999 (ERP); and for 1,001 users or more per firewall, NAV for Firewalls is priced at $7,999 (ERP). Minimum recommended system requirements include Pentium 133 MHz or above CPU, Windows NT 3.51 or above, CD ROM, 32 MB of RAM, 7 MB of hard disk space, 500 MB hard disk space for efficient server operation and TCP/IP.

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, Japan 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.

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Check Point Software Technologies, Inc.
Asheem Chandna, Director of Business Development
(415) 562-0410

"We're pleased that Symantec has developed the Norton AntiVirus for Firewalls product based on the Content Vectoring Protocol (CVP), jointly developed between Symantec and Check Point" said Asheem Chandna, director of business development for Check Point Software Technologies, Inc. "Giving customers the ability to create a cohesive network security solution by integrating solid anti-virus protection with FireWall-1 is the driving force behind the commitment to CVP and Check Point's Open Platform for Secure Enterprise Connectivity strategy."

Milkyway
Cuong Nguyen, Vice President of Research and Development

"The tight integration of Symantec's selective anti-viral client with our "no-compromise" Black Hole firewall provides our users with a faster throughput and greater performance efficiencies, particularly in heterogeneous environments." Nguyen continued to say; "Integrating Symantecs' anti-viral solution with our "hardened kernel" security architecture further supports Milkyway's focus of partnering with technology leaders to meet the requirements of our growing global customer base."

Trusted Information Systems (TIS)
Steven Lipner, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Network Security Products
301-947-7299

"We are happy to be working with a leader like Symantec to bring the latest in firewall-based scanning products to our customers. We've been very pleased with both the speed and quality of our joint engineering efforts."

Trusted Information Systems (TIS)
Jim Ishikawa, Director of Product Management,
(301) 527-9500

"With its unique management and control interface integrated with Gauntlet Firewall products, Norton AntiVirus for Firewalls is a very solid solution for Gauntlet customers. We are pleased to be adding this product to the TIS suite of Open Content Security solutions."

CyberGuard Corporation
Robert L. Carberry, president and CEO
(954) 973-5290
"CyberGuard believes that anti-virus is a critical part of a complete Internet/Intranet security solution. We are pleased to work with one of the leaders in anti-virus, Symantec, and its Norton AntiVirus for Firewalls product, to help provide superior solutions and services to our corporate customers."

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Brands and products referenced herein are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. All prices noted are in US dollars and are valid only in the United States.

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