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Symantec's Anti-Virus Experts Address Virus Bulletin 2000 Conference

International Security Conference Invites Symantec to Advise on Virus Detection and Prevention

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Sept. 27, 2000 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security technology, today announced four Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) representatives are participating at the Virus Bulletin 2000 Conference, to be held Sept. 28 - 29 in Orlando, Fla. Carey Nachenberg, chief researcher; Peter Szor, principal engineer; Eric Chien, program manager; and Mark Kennedy, architect, have scheduled presentations on the malicious threats that plague the Internet and the security measures to protect the business and technology community.

The members of SARC are participating at conference events on both days beginning on Thursday, Sept. 28, with Szor's session, "Attacks on Win32 - Part II," from 2 - 2:40 p.m. Following Szor is a presentation by Chien on the topic, "Malicious Threats to PDAs & Prototype Solutions." On Friday, Sept. 29, Kennedy will present his session, "Script-Based Mobile Threats," from 11:20 a.m. to noon. Subsequently, Nachenberg will host a discussion on "Building AV Into The Internet," which is scheduled from noon to 12:40 p.m.

"TheVirus Bulletin conference provides a great medium for SARC researchers to share their innovative ideas, new research and the latest technologies with businesses and other anti-virus researchers." Nachenberg said, "This year, SARC experts will discuss topics including the latest PC virus threats, next-generation wireless viruses, and how Symantec is embedding anti-virus technology directly into the Internet infrastructure."

The Virus Bulletin Conference features leading anti-virus experts and focuses on the current virus issues affecting the IT community. In addition to educational presentations, the conference is supported by an extensive exhibition, offering participants the opportunity to discuss, exchange ideas, and network with key industry players. Now in its tenth successful year, the Virus Bulletin International Conference & Exhibition is firmly established and widely recognized as the only event focusing exclusively on the threat of computer viruses on the business and technology industry.

As chief researcher for SARC, Nachenberg is involved in the design and development of security technologies and has become recognized as a world-renowned expert on computer viruses and worms. His expertise in developing security solutions against computer threats was influential during the Melissa and LoveLetter crises. Nachenberg has been with Symantec for 10 years as a software-engineer and architect for multiple Symantec products. Nachenberg holds bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science and engineering from UCLA.

A world-renowned expert on 32-bit Windows viruses, Szor is responsible for researching complex Windows viruses and designing new virus scanning technologies. Szor has 10 years of experience in virus research. Before joining Symantec in 1999, he was senior virus researcher at Data Fellows. Szor earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Veszprem, Hungary, in 1991, where he developed the Pasteur anti-virus. Pasteur became a commercial product in 1992.

As members of the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC), Chien and Kennedy are part of a dedicated team of virus experts, working around the clock to eliminate computer viruses. As new viruses appear, SARC develops identification and detection for them and provides either a repair or a delete operation, thereby protecting users against the latest virus threats and helping keep their computers up and running. SARC personnel hold master's degrees in computer science, engineering, and mathematics from major universities such as MIT, UCLA, and Princeton.

SARC's team of engineers and scientists is among the industry's best, with extensive experience in virus research and software and virus technology development. Team members regularly present their published papers at virus conferences and contribute to leading virus journals such as Virus Bulletin and other major computer security journals. They own patents and patents pending for a variety of ground-breaking virus detection technologies.

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