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Symantec Named Finalist by Network Computing for 2001 Well-Connected Award

Market-Leading Symantec Enterprise Firewall and NetRecon Top Firewall and Vulnerability Assessment Categories for Securely Enabling E-Business

CUPERTINO, Calif. - April 16, 2001 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced its award-winning vulnerability assessment scanner, NetRecon, and Symantec Enterprise Firewall have both been named finalists by CMP Media Inc.'s Network Computing for a 2001 Well-Connected Award. The products were chosen as one of the best in the firewall system and vulnerability assessment tool categories for protecting and enabling critical e-business information.

"We are very pleased with Network Computing's validation for our assessment and firewall solutions," said Gail Hamilton, senior vice president, enterprise solutions at Symantec. "As companies rely more on the Internet to realize the competitive advantages of e-business initiatives, the need for trusted information security is essential to assess and protect crucial entry points by remote employees, customers and vendors."

The winners of the Network Computing Well-Connected Awards will be revealed at a gala event to be held Monday, May 7th in Las Vegas, the evening prior to the opening of one of the industry's largest tradeshows, NetWorld+Interop. All Finalists and Winners will be highlighted in the May 14th issue of Network Computing and also on Network Computing Online at http://www.networkcomputing.com.

"The Well-Connected Awards are significantly different from other IT publications' awards," said Fritz Nelson, publisher of CMP's Network Computing. "Our editors worked at length to research and test the best offerings in the enterprise arena." According to Nelson, the products singled out in the Network Computing Well-Connected Awards are unique because "they are not a measure of popularity-they are quality offerings tested over a networked enterprise firsthand by editors themselves. So we know that NetRecon and Symantec Enterprise Firewall by Symantec are truly innovative solutions."

Symantec Enterprise Security
Symantec Enterprise Security provides any size organization with the technology, global response and services necessary to manage its information security. Symantec's comprehensive solution offers best-of-breed products to protect gateways, servers, and clients with virus protection, firewall security, intrusion detection and vulnerability management. Customers benefit from Symantec's global network of researchers that provide customers with around-the-clock, immediate response to any new security-related attacks. Symantec Enterprise Security customers are also supported by Symantec Security Services, which offers security consulting, education, and implementation as well as managed security services.

One such product, Symantec's CarrierScan Server, is the industry's first virus scanning solution designed specifically for the Internet space, featuring all the key, award-winning virus scanning technologies available in Symantec's complete line of anti-virus products. With products such as CarrierScan Server, xSPs can seamlessly integrate platform-independent, scalable, robust, and manageable anti-virus scan and repair capabilities into their environment. By deploying CarrierScan Server to detect and repair of viruses, worms, Trojan horses, mobile code, and script-based threats across all major file types and various compress file formats, service providers can transform their Internet security challenges into an opportunity for differentiation and increased revenue.

NetRecon, a key part of Symantec Enterprise Security, is a network vulnerability assessment tool that discovers, analyzes and reports holes in network security. It is the only solution providing root cause analysis with a unique path analysis feature to illustrate the exact sequence of steps taken to uncover a vulnerability. Path analysis offers a systematic understanding of the causes of an organization's vulnerabilities, not just symptoms of problems, like other tools. This quickly gets users right to the root cause of their high-risk vulnerabilities for immediate correction, without having to search through reams of reports. Unlike other scanners, which flood users with lists of potential problematic symptoms, only NetRecon's next-generation root-cause analysis quickly and efficiently illustrates the exact cause of the problem, the risk it poses and makes recommendations on how to eliminate it before an intruder exploits the vulnerabilities and jeopardizes critical e-business activities.

The award-winning Symantec Enterprise Firewall, formerly known as the Raptor' Firewall, is integrated with other Symantec Enterprise Solutions and third-party solutions including standard IPSec VPN technology; International Computer Security Association™ (ICSA™) certification; Checkmark certification; a Microsoft® Management Console (MMC) interface; RADWARE, and Microsoft high availability and load balancing capabilities; Telemate' reporting options; Finjan' Java® scanning solutions; Entrust-Ready™ public key infrastructure (PKI) encryption support and integration with other Symantec authentication and e-security solutions.

About Network Computing
Network Computing (http://www.networkcomputing.com), published by CMP Media, Manhasset, N.Y., is the only IT publication providing in-depth, comprehensive product, technology and service reviews from a real-world perspective to 220,000 IT Professionals-The Technology Experts - biweekly telling them what works, how it works, when to buy and who to buy it from. In addition, Network Computing consistently has the largest average-issue audience among all networking publications, according to Simmons and IntelliQuest and the publication was a 1999 Neal Award Finalist.

About Symantec
Symantec, a world leader in Internet security technology, provides a broad range of content and network security solutions to individuals and enterprises. The company is a leading provider of virus protection, vulnerability assessment, intrusion prevention, Internet content and e-mail filtering, remote management technologies and security services to enterprises around the world. Symantec's Norton brand of consumer security products leads the market in worldwide retail sales and industry awards. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has worldwide operations in 36 countries. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.symantec.com.

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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT: This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding future technology and products, that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from results expressed or implied by this press release. Such risk factors include, among others: the risk that the Symantec and AXENT businesses will not be integrated successfully; the costs related to the merger; the difficulty of developing and marketing products that compete effectively with others, new security threats, and other economic, business, competitive and/or regulatory factors affecting Symantec's business generally. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements in this press release. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is contained in the Risk Factors sections of the Company's previously filed Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 30, 2000.