CUPERTINO, Calif. August 24, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) announced today that GetronicsWang and PeopleSoft purchased site licenses combining 23,000 seats of Norton AntiVirus to improve cost of ownership and protect their networks. In addition, Siemens Westinghouse, one of the most respected names in electrical engineering, has purchased a license for 5,000 seats of Norton 2000.
In reviewing their anti-virus strategies, an important consideration for both companies was the need to protect their networks from malicious viruses as they are discovered without incurring the cost of installing and reinstalling new anti-virus software.
All Norton AntiVirus detection engines come from a single code base so that modifications or updates to the engine in response to new virus strains can be applied by customers across multiple platforms in a single, cost efficient deployment as part of the LiveUpdate process to install new virus definitions.
GetronicsWang, the leading provider of information technology services to businesses and governments worldwide, purchased a license for 16,000 seats of Norton AntiVirus. Wang Government Services, Inc. installed approximately 2,500 of these licenses.
"We transitioned to Norton AntiVirus before the Melissa virus struck," says Bill Luther, director of information systems, Wang Government Services. "We downloaded the virus definition from Symantec and applied it across our network very quickly. As a result, the impact of Melissa on our systems was minimal."
PeopleSoft, a leading global supplier of enterprise application software for business and government, is also converting to Norton AntiVirus and purchased a site license for 7,000 seats.
The company, which provides eBusiness and analytic applications for human resource management, financials, distribution, manufacturing, and supply chain, along with a range of industry-specific solutions, expects to complete its migration to the Symantec product in July. "Norton AntiVirus offers all the solutions we need in one package," said Mike Miller, PeopleSoft's information security officer.
As part of its strategy to ensure system compliancy to cope with the millennium date change, Siemens Westinghouse purchased Norton 2000 for its comprehensive Year 2000 solution for desktop PCs and distributed computing environments. "The Norton 2000 product is one of several tools that has successfully helped us meet our Y2K compliancy goals," says a Year 2000 project manager at Siemens Westinghouse.
GetronicsWang is a wholly owned US subsidiary of Getronics, one of the world¹s leading providers of Solutions and Services to the professional users of Information and Communications Technology. With 33,000 employees in more than 44 countries, Getronics works with many of the world¹s largest companies to help them maximize the value of their technology investment.
Getronics headquarters is located in Amsterdam, with regional head offices in Boston, London, and Hong Kong. Getronics shares are traded on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange (ŒGTN¹). Further information about Getronics and its services can be found on the World Wide Web at www.getronics.com.
Based in McLean, Virginia, Wang Government Services, Inc. is a leading provider of information technology services to the United States federal government. Further information on Wang Government Services can be found on the World Wide Web at www.wangfed.com.
About Norton AntiVirus
The Norton AntiVirus product line includes a multi-tier strategy that integrates a powerful anti-virus solution at desktops, servers, groupware servers, Internet e-mail gateways and firewalls to provide users with the most comprehensive virus detection and repair. The products provide users the security of knowing they have the most complete protection available, whether downloading files from the Internet, opening e-mail attachments or accessing floppy disks.
About Norton 2000
Norton 2000 is a powerful tool that proactively guards the mission-critical data residing on desktop and laptop computers. Designed and created by the world's most experienced utility software engineers, Norton 2000 scans data, applications, and hardware and alerts the user to non-compliance problems that may lead to financial losses, liability issues, and incompatibility with other systems.
Symantec is a world leader in Internet security technology and technology solutions that help companies manage and support workforces that use laptop computers and other mobile devices.
The company is a leading provider of software products for the consumer market and is rapidly growing its presence as a provider of solutions to enterprise organizations
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