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Symantec System Center Provides Systems And Policy Management For Norton Antivirus Enterprise Solution

Centralized Management Console Enables IT to Take Proactive Approach to Keeping Systems Running at Peak Performance

CUPERTINO, Calif. Sept. 14, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced Symantec System Center, a highly scalable systems and policy management tool that allows IT administrators to proactively address threats that impact cost, credibility, and uptime. The Symantec System Center is a key component of the Norton AntiVirus Enterprise Solution which enables centralized management of Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition 7.0 across workstations and servers alike.

Utilizing systems and policy management technology licensed from Intel, Symantec System Center provides automatic node discovery that enables centralized deployment and updating of the Norton AntiVirus Enterprise Solution across Windows 95/98/NT/2000 clients and Windows NT and NetWare servers, reducing deployment related costs. Complete end-point control over Norton AntiVirus functionality provides administrators with the ability to configure and lockdown settings in real-time and enforce corporate policies. On-demand management tasks provide user management and real-time troubleshooting, reducing threats to system uptime. Centralized event management and reporting enable IT administrators to ensure established systems and policy management is being followed.

"IT is most concerned with cost, credibility, and uptime. The Norton AntiVirus Enterprise Solution enables IT professionals to take a proactive approach to address threats that negatively impact these issues," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "Symantec System Center provides organizations with the management tools required to proactively set and lock down policies that keep systems up-to-date and properly configured."

Symantec System Center enables centralized deployment of Symantec's intelligent solutions and updates across multiple Windows NT and NetWare networks. Symantec System Center provides complete event management. IT administrators can customize alerts/escalations and automate responses to specific actions for individual users, server groups, and across multiple platforms.

Symantec System Center also enables real-time communications with Windows 95/98/NT/2000 clients and Windows NT and NetWare servers, enabling administrators to respond quickly to potential threats. For example, administrators can use Symantec System Center to enact virus sweeps across the individual nodes, groups of nodes or the entire enterprise from a single location.

Built on award-winning technology from Symantec and Intel, administrators can use Symantec System Center to automatically update virus definitions--and the administrator can configure the level of automation. For example, when a client workstation detects a possible virus, that event can trigger Norton AntiVirus to automatically attempt a repair. If the repair is unsuccessful an event can be triggered to send the infected file to a quarantined area and to send an alert to the administrator. Because administrators are able to receive notification in several ways, including paging, Internet E-mail (SMTP), client message dialog, SNMP trap and network broadcast alerts, the console does not require a full-time operator. As a result, administrators are able to maintain the safety and security of their systems, as well as their credibility, in the event a new or unknown virus attacks their network.

Symantec System Center is expected to be available in October 1999.

About Symantec
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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