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Symantec Announces Multi-Tier Virus Protection Solution For Desktop, Server, Gateway And The Internet

The Norton Multi-Tier Strategy for Maximum Anti-Virus Protection is Backed by the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center's (SARC) World-wide Visionary Technology

CUPERTINO, Calif. --May 6, 1997-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC), the world's leading supplier of anti-virus software products today announced its Norton Multi-Tier Strategy for greater anti-virus protection in the corporate enterprise environment. The multi-tier strategy integrates the complete Norton AntiVirus product line at the desktop, and server, as well as the Internet gateway and firewall levels, providing comprehensive anti-virus protection for corporations.

The new strategy is supported by the world-wide visionary technology of the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) and its superior detection rates that catch and destroy Internet-borne viruses before they invade corporate computer networks. During 1996, over 98 percent of U.S. corporations experienced a computer virus-related problem, resulting in an average of 44.3 hours recovery time from a virus incident. (According to the NCSA 1996 AntiVirus Bulletin).

"Today, with more virus threats resulting from increased communications via the Internet, it is critically important for our customers to be protected. The current computer epidemic includes Internet viruses that are fueling a rapid spread of macro viruses transmitted via e-mail attachments and file downloads," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Securities and Assistance Business Unit. "Symantec's vision and robust multi-tier solution is a serious commitment towards providing maximum virus protection that will help our customers remain productive, and keep their computers safe and reliable at all times."

According to the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC), six to nine new computer viruses are discovered every day and, of those, there are an alarming number of new macro viruses. Researchers have documented 515 macro viruses as of late March 1997, a significant increase since August 1996, when there were only 42 documented. Of these, 505 viruses have been documented for Word, while 10 have been found in Excel documents.

The Norton AntiVirus (NAV) Products
The Norton AntiVirus multi-tier strategy integrates products that provide users with comprehensive virus detection and repair, and gives them the security of knowing that they have the most complete protection possible, whether they are downloading files from the Internet, opening attached word documents or accessing floppy disks. From the desktop or workstation level, NAV scans disks and system areas, stored e-mail attachments and downloaded files using the real-time AutoProtect feature that scans in the background. NAV is effective against viruses transmitted by floppy disks.

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

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 or 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 to users of Norton AntiVirus, and are easily obtained by using LiveUpdate or Intelligent Updater. LiveUpdate provides one-button access to the latest virus definition updates, free of charge (other than normal phone and Internet access charges) to registered users. Symantec is the only anti-virus company that provides its users virus definitions that are free of charge, easy to obtain and install, and updated monthly by SARC.

AntiVirus Support Services
Symantec's family of anti-virus products are backed by unsurpassed information, technology, and customer service. In addition to the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC), virus information and updates can be obtained through the Virus Hotline (541) 9-VIRUS-9. Downloadable virus definition updates are available from the Symantec BBS, the Symantec FTP and Web sites, CompuServe, America Online and the Microsoft Network.

This 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 company's annual report on form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 29, 1996 and the company's quarterly report on form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended December 27, 1996.

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, 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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