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Symantec Launches Integrated Anti-Virus and Content Filtering Solution for Web Gateway

Symantec First To Offer Combined List-Based and Heuristic, Context-Sensitive Analysis For Web Content Together With Anti-Virus Protection

CUPERTINO, Calif. - July 25, 2001- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), a world leader in Internet security, today announced Symantec Web Security, a high performance, integrated gateway solution that provides Symantec’s industry-leading virus protection and web filtering for web-based traffic (HTTP and FTP). Symantec Web Security is an integrated, single-scan anti-virus and web filtering solution that provides IT administrators with a fast, easy-to-use tool to protect networks from unknown malware threats and non-business related web content. Symantec Web Security also contains heuristic technologies, in addition to its list-based filtering, ensuring speed and protection for organizational networks.

"Enterprise customers are seeking integrated solutions that meet their Internet security needs while being easy to install and easy to manage," said Gail Hamilton, executive vice president, Product Delivery and Response, Symantec Corporation. "Symantec Web Security scans for viruses and filters content all in one scan, providing IT administrators with high-speed protection. In addition, Symantec Web Security features common reporting which automatically updates IT administrators with the latest information to protect networks from the continually evolving threats at the gateway."

Symantec is the only vendor to create, develop and support web filtering together with anti-virus technologies, giving customers a seamless solution to address malware threats and content filtering needs. As part of the Symantec Enterprise Security solution, Symantec Web Security supports all firewalls, including Symantec Enterprise Firewall, as well as proxy and caching servers. Symantec Web Security, which runs on Solaris, Windows NT and Windows 2000, provides the following features, making it a best-of-breed anti-virus and filtering solution:

  • Effective and comprehensive virus protection at the gateway. Symantec Web Security leverages Symantec’s cross-platform NAVEX scan engine technology and the Digital Immune System, Symantec’s unique technology that automates the submission of potential threats and automatically delivers cures to problem machines or the entire enterprise.
  • List-based URL filtering in 31 comprehensive categories, as well as Symantec’s patented heuristic technology, Dynamic Document Review (DDR), a multi-lingual, context-sensitive content analysis technology.
  • Common reporting which automatically provides IT administrators with both virus and content filtering information that can be exported into one complete report. Symantec Web Security also has extremely flexible policy enforcement on both a per-user and per-group basis.

Symantec Web Security is available now. For trialware, or to obtain licensing information or locate a reseller, visit http://enterprisesecurity.symantec.com on the World Wide Web.

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 new security-related threats. Symantec Enterprise Security customers are also supported by one of the largest professional security organizations in the world, offering security consulting, security education and managed security services. For more information, please visit Symantec’s enterprise Web site at http://enterprisesecurity.symantec.com/.

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, firewall and virtual private network, vulnerability management, intrusion detection, 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 37 countries. For more information, please visit www.symantec.com.

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