CUPERTINO, Calif. --June 24, 1997-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world's leading supplier of utilities and anti-virus software, announced today the official opening of its new Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC), one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world. The completely redesigned research center, which was originally founded in 1989, is staffed by a team of highly experienced engineers who work around the clock detecting and destroying computer viruses that can cause devastating problems for computer users.
The new SARC facility is the ultimate in high-tech labs and features more than 60 percent more space, glass walls, 120 computers and a dedicated power supply that can handle more than 190 systems at maximum power. The lab is an independent network and cannot be accessed by anyone outside of SARC. Once inside SARC, the technicians cannot access outside computers or networks, providing optimum anti-virus security.
In order to stay ahead of the recent proliferation of new computer viruses - at last count more than 200 per month - SARC recently opened research centers in other virus-dense locations of the world including Tokyo, Japan, Sydney, Australia and Leiden, The Netherlands. Because of the seriousness of the virus threats and the company's committed expertise and dedication to protecting its customers, Symantec has funded the state-of-the-art labs with more than $3 million annually.
"Expanding our SARC facility is a significant commitment towards the battle against and eventual eradication of computer viruses," said Enrique Salem, vice president, Symantec Security and Assistance Business Unit. "Symantec is committed to keeping our customer's computers safe and reliable anywhere, anytime. Whether they are downloading files from the Internet, opening e-mail attachments or accessing floppy disks, it is our mission to provide customers with the most complete and current virus protection possible."
SARC's mission is to provide swift, global responses to computer virus threats, proactively research and develop technologies that eliminate such threats, and to 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. As the worldwide leader in virus detection and repair technology, Symantec is also the largest supplier of anti-virus technology products that are the protection of choice for more than 15 million users worldwide. The company helps keep computer users safe from computer viruses with award-winning products that provide technological support and quick responsiveness. An expert partner in anti-virus protection, Symantec also offers multi-tiered and tailored business solutions to corporate customers. The National Computer Security Association (NCSA) states that, since 1995, computer viruses have cost companies in the U.S. nearly $2 billion in lost data, repair costs, loss of productivity and more.
According to Alex Haddox, director of 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 macro viruses, a new breed of viruses that infect word processing and spreadsheet documents. As of late May, researchers have documented over 900 macro viruses, a 2,000 percent increase since August 1996, when there were only 42 documented macro viruses. The new SARC facility, built to support additional high-tech equipment and staff, is prepared to combat computer viruses that are now projected to reach more than 15,000 in number by the end of 1997.
Symantec's Leading AntiVirus Technology
Norton AntiVirus technology provides flexible and adaptable anti-virus security Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) products took home an impressive array of awards from PC Expo last week. Symantec Norton AntiVirus, were recognized with PC World's "World Class" Awards at a ceremony in New York on June 18.
"Symantec is committed to providing customers with the best products for their needs. I am proud that our products continue to be recognized as the best solutions available." commented Gordon Eubanks, CEO, Symantec Corporation. "Potential customers can also evaluate many of our products for themselves through our 30-day free trial program."
Customers can also download the trial versions of most of Symantec's award-winning products, from www.symantecstore.com/trialware. In addition, the recently announced Symantec Small Business Solutions CD offers a 30-day trial of, WinFax PRO, Internet FastFind, Norton AntiVirus and ACT! so customers can test the software in their own work environment before they actually purchase it. The CD is free of charge and available simply by calling (800) 835-6222, ext. 9NA14.
Symantec Corporation helps make users productive and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand recognition. The company is focused on addressing customer needs in three main application areas: the Norton product line of anti-virus and PC-assistance products; the pcANYWHERE, WinFax and ACT! product lines that cater to remote user productivity; and the Cafe product lines in Internet development tools.
Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe, Japan and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC, Symantec Corporation is based in Cupertino, California and employs more than 2000 people. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, (541) 334-6054 or accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.symantec.com.
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