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IT Professionals Indicate Strong Need for Security Solutions for Remote Users

Nearly 40 Percent of Respondents to a Symantec-sponsored Survey Report Hacking Attempts in the Last Month

CUPERTINO, Calif. -October 2, 2000 - According to a survey released today by Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) 38.5 percent of technology professionals experienced at least one attempt to hack into their corporate network through a remote system within the last month. The survey also shows that only 15 percent of respondents use a desktop firewall solution to protect remote users from these types of attacks.

The Symantec-sponsored survey, titled, "Remote Usage and Management of Corporate Networks," was conducted by Applied Marketing Research, Inc., a leading market research firm which used a representative, statistically valid sample of 300 on-site interviews. The interviews were conducted on September 26, 2000, among chief security officers, directors of security, CIOs, IT directors, IT managers, network managers and network administrators in attendance at the Networld+Interop trade show in Atlanta's World Congress Center.

Survey Highlights
The survey shows that of those polled, 93 percent have remote or mobile users accessing the corporate network and 74 percent of those users are on broadband connections, which are more vulnerable to attack. A small percentage of respondents have security solutions for remote users. Thirty-three percent of respondents have anti-virus solutions for remote users and 30.4 percent use separate dial-in usernames and/or passwords. Only 21.5 percent rely on VPNs to secure the communications and only 15 percent report using a desktop firewall solution to protect remote users.

"These findings show that hackers are attempting to infiltrate corporate networks through remote users," said Gail Hamilton, senior vice president, Enterprise Solutions Division, Symantec Corporation. "With technology that provides an 'always on' Internet connection and a gateway to the corporate network, security professionals need to implement robust Internet security solutions for their remote users such as Symantec Desktop Firewall."

Symantec Corp. recently released Symantec Desktop Firewall 2.0, which provides administrators and end users a manageable, easy-to-use solution to protect corporate information that resides on remote users' systems. Symantec Desktop Firewall prevents hackers from gaining access to corporate networks through remote systems, and defends organizations from involuntary involvement in Distributed Denial of Service (DoS) attacks. The Symantec Desktop Firewall is also a key component of Symantec Enterprise Security - a comprehensive, multi-tier and modular Internet security solution for enterprise computing environments.

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About Applied Marketing Research
Applied Marketing Research, Inc. was founded in 1993 on the principle that a company's success rests on its ability to make better decisions based on accurate and timely information about its markets and customers. Drawing upon advanced education and practical experience in marketing management, they offer clients a unique blend of theoretical and real-world expertise through a complete range of research capabilities. They excel in the process of gathering and analyzing information and provide timely and actionable information.

About Symantec
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.

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