CUPERTINO, Calif. - Oct. 14, 1998 - IBM today announced that it will remarket Symantec's Norton AntiVirus Solutions Suite through the IBM/Lotus Passport Advantage Program. It is expected to be available in the U.S. and in worldwide locations for ordering by the end of October with fulfillment worldwide during fourth quarter 1998.
This announcement is an extension of the relationship IBM and Symantec Corporation announced in May, when they said they would join forces to deliver a single family of anti-virus products -- based on Norton Anti-Virus technology and IBM Research Division's industry-leading Digital Immune System -- and marketed under the Norton AntiVirus brand name. Symantec is the only independent software vendor to be included in the IBM/Lotus Passport Advantage Program, which is available to corporate customers worldwide.
Symantec's Norton AntiVirus Solutions Suite reduces potential security costs and eliminates all types of viruses from a wide range of sources, such as the Internet, floppy disks, e-mail attachments, and malicious Web sites. It also guards against newly created viruses enabled by features that hunt out "virus-like" behavior.
Viruses are one of the leading data security problems in business today. In a recent study of 300 medium and large enterprises, the International Computer Security Association found that complete recovery from a server-based virus incident took an average of 46 hours and involved a staff of more than 9 MIS personnel. Enterprises reported an average of 86 virus encounters per 1,000 machines per year, at an average cost of $2,454 for each encounter, resulting in a total of $212,271 per 1,000 desktop computers per year.
Lotus Notes, firewall and Internet e-mail gateway users can also take advantage of all the features and benefits of the new IBM Norton AntiVirus bundle to support their complex computing environments. Customers will receive support for Norton AntiVirus directly through Symantec's worldwide customer support program organization.
Passport Advantage is a comprehensive software volume, Software Subscription and customer support program that saves organizations money at every stage of software licensing, everywhere in the world. It offers a flexible and cost-effective way for organizations with 25 or more PCs to reap the benefits of volume pricing for new software, new releases of the latest technology and support to keep business up and running. For more information on the Passport Advantage program, visit the Lotus web site at www.lotus.com.
For more information on the Norton AntiVirus, users can logon to http://www.symantec.com/nav.
For more information, contact Gwen Cox at IBM, 919-543-4299 or via internet at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Richard Saunders at Symantec, 408-446-7550, or via internet at email@example.com.
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