CUPERTINO, Calif. - Aug. 22, 2001 - Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ:SYMC), a world leader in Internet security technology, welcomed Congressman Michael Honda to its world headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. for a briefing on Internet security issues last week. Discussions focused on the growing threat facing the public and the government as a result of the increasing incidents of computer viruses and worms infecting the Internet. The briefing was part of Congressman Honda's tour of his home district during the August Congressional recess and comes on the heels of the Sircam, Code Red and Code Red II computer worm outbreaks.
"Providing security and protecting the private information of companies and individuals on the Internet is becoming a greater priority as more and more people rely on the Internet for their commercial and private use," said Congressman Honda. "In lieu of the fact that there are now over 50,000 various computer worms and viruses floating around the Internet today, I wanted to hear first-hand from Symantec about the threats that exist not only today, but also tomorrow, and how we can best deal with those threats. Symantec is one of the largest Internet security providers in the world, and naturally, I welcome their input on these issues."
"Symantec has a long working relationship with public officials and government agencies at the local, state and federal levels to ensure Internet security and recognize Internet security as a major issue affecting people from all walks of life," said Gail Hamilton, executive vice president, Symantec Product Delivery and Response. "We look forward to working with Congressman Honda and his Congressional colleagues as they work to protect the public's best interests as use of the Internet increases at home and work, via both wireless and wireline communications."
The briefing covered Internet security as a whole, the types of computer viruses and worms that exist today, the kinds of threats expected in the future and the type of precautions that public and private entities need to take to ensure Internet security. Furthermore, the briefing also focused on the vulnerability of wireless communications from viruses, worms and hacking as wireless usage continues to increase by individuals and companies.
As a result of the meeting, Congressman Honda and Symantec executives agreed that more forums and briefings were necessary to increase the efforts by leaders in both the private and public sector to coordinate the development and implementation of Internet security safeguards.
Congressman Honda is a member of the bi-partisan Congressional Internet Caucus, a group of 150 federal legislators concerned about issues related to the Internet. Honda is working with the Chairs of the Caucus to form a taskforce on wireless technology. Honda would serve as the Democratic head of the taskforce.
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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