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Symantec Secures Puerto Rico's Office of Management and Budget Across All Tiers

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Oct. 18, 2001- Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), a world leader in Internet security, today announced that the Office of Management and Budget of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (OMB) has selected Symantec anti-virus protection to secure its 125,000-user organization. Under terms of the agreement, OMB will use Symantec Norton AntiVirus across its 85,000-node network as well as on 40,000 laptop computers. In addition, Symantec security experts will provide OMB with 24-hour technical support.

"OMB comprises several important government agencies in Puerto Rico, making security a top priority throughout the organization," said Melba Acosta, director of the Office of Management and Budget. "Our careful selection of Symantec software helps ensure that our information and systems remain safeguarded from both existing and emerging malicious code aimed at disrupting or compromising our ability to serve the public. To that end, Symantec met all of our criteria for protection, manageability, scalability, and support."

"Internet computing has created a borderless world where public and private sectors can communicate across the globe as easily as they chat with neighbors across the street," said Gail Hamilton, executive vice president of Symantec Product Delivery and Response. "While this virtual proximity has opened up a wealth of important business opportunities, it has also highlighted the need for solutions that ensure the ongoing protection of both public and private interests. With Symantec anti-virus software at all tiers of the OMB's extensive network, users can be sure that their transactions and communications are safe from online threats."

Under the agreement, Symantec will provide OMB with proactive technical support as well as 24X7 live telephone support from dedicated security experts. In addition, the Symantec Security Response team will send proactive alerts, via pager, e-mail, phone, or fax, regarding the latest threats so customers can take immediate action as necessary to stay protected.

Symantec's anti-virus solutions provide customers with automatic protection against viruses and other malicious code at all entry points, including e-mail attachments and Internet downloads. The solutions provide hands-free detection, analysis, and repair of viruses, malicious ActiveX controls, Java applets, and other dangerous fast-moving threats.

Symantec Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition is a key component of Symantec Enterprise Security, which provides any size organization with the technology, global response, and services necessary to manage its information security. Symantec's comprehensive solutions offer best-of-breed products to protect gateways, servers, and clients with virus protection, firewall security, intrusion detection, and vulnerability management.

Customers benefit from Symantec Security Response, a global network of researchers that provide customers with round-the-clock, immediate response to any new security-related attacks. 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 software and appliance solutions to individuals, enterprises and service providers. 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 and service providers around the world. Symantec's Norton brand of consumer security products is a leader 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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