CUPERTINO, Calif. October 25, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced strategic alliances with Inktomi and Family Click, to provide integrated content security solutions to home and business computer users through their Internet service providers. Through these and similar relationships, Symantec's anti-virus and patent-pending I-Gear® web filtering technologies will become integrated services within the Internet infrastructure through enterprise-level content security solutions.
Symantec will license its I-Gear web filtering technologies to Family Click, who will offer the technology to its customers as an added value service integrated into their overall Internet offering. Symantec expects to integrate its anti-virus and patent-pending I-Gear web filtering technologies with the Inktomi Traffic Server network cache platform. Symantec expects to reach a broad customer-base through these partnerships from home users of Family Click's dial-up service to the larger enterprises integrating Inktomi's Traffic Server network cache platform.
"Our goal is to make the Internet a safe and productive environment for families and businesses," said John W. Thompson, Symantec's chairman, president and CEO. "By partnering with key players in the Internet service provider space, we are integrating content security into the overall infrastructure, ensuring a base level of security for everyone connecting to the Internet. "
These alliances are the latest step in Symantec's strategy toward becoming a critical part of the Internet infrastructure to provide businesses and consumers a safe, clean pipeline to the Internet. Symantec's strategy leverages the company's core competency in content security to provide solutions to keep customers' data and networks secure when they interact with the Internet. The strategic market development group that Symantec recently announced will continue to pursue opportunities with other potential partners in the Internet infrastructure space.
"We are very pleased to work with Symantec to deliver a new layer of intelligence and security over the Internet," said Mark Thomas, director of business partnerships at Inktomi. "The Traffic Server platform, which powers the world's largest networks, along with Symantec's content security solutions, will be the catalyst for a new wave of compelling Internet services."
Inktomi Traffic Server is a network cache platform designed to help Internet infrastructure and content providers scale up their operations to meet rapidly growing demand and performance requirements. The addition of Symantec's anti-virus and I-Gear web filtering technologies to the Traffic Server platform is expected to provide a seamlessly integrated content security service for heavily-loaded networks. The service also is expected to offer service providers new opportunities for differentiation, while offering enterprises better management and control of their networks.
Symantec's I-Gear boosts Internet productivity with the most comprehensive, policy based Internet access control software available. In addition to the content category database, I-Gear's patent-pending Dynamic Document Review (DDR) provides real-time filtering technology that reviews Web documents on the fly, enabling safe use of search engines and new web pages not yet categorized. With Symantec's anti-virus technology, ISP subscribers will have automatic protection against viruses, malicious ActiveX controls and Java applets, and other dangerous mobile code. The technology protects users surfing the Internet or getting information from floppy disks, CDs, or a network. It also automatically scans incoming attachments in the most popular email programs.
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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