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Symantec Appoints Industry Expert To AntiVirus Research Team

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Jan. 3, 2001 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that Sarah Gordon, a renowned expert in computer viruses and security technology, has been named senior research fellow. Gordon will initially be working alongside researchers at the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) in conducting extensive research on the ethical implications of select technologies. She is also working on project certification standards for security software that translate 'real world' activism and terrorism to virtual environments, examining the concepts and practices of cyber-terrorism.

"Sarah Gordon brings a wealth of information and experience relating to security and anti-virus technology," said Vincent Weafer, senior director, SARC. "We believe Sarah will be a great asset in spearheading our research efforts in the security and anti-virus fields in order to better protect our customers from new and unknown threats."

Sarah Gordon graduated from Indiana University with special projects in both UNIX system security and ethical issues in technology. She has worked with the anti-virus science and technology R&D team at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center since 1997.

Symantec AntiVirus Research Center

SARC is one of the industry's largest dedicated team of virus experts. With offices located in the United States, Japan, Australia, and the Netherlands, the sun never sets on SARC. The center's mission is to provide swift, global responses to computer virus threats, proactively research and develop technologies that eliminate such threats, and educate the public on safe computing practices. As new computer viruses appear, SARC develops identification and detection for these viruses, and provides either a repair or delete operation, thus keeping users protected against the latest virus threats.

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