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LA Unified School District Teams With Symantec For Internet Security

Nation's Second-Largest School District Standardizes on Symantec Solutions

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Jan. 21, 2002- Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has selected Symantec to provide Internet security solutions at the desktop, server and gateway throughout the district's computer network. LAUSD is the nation's second-largest school district with more than 900 schools and centers.

Under terms of the agreement, LAUSD will use a number of Symantec antivirus solutions, including Symantec Web Security, an integrated solution that employs predictive technologies to provide virus protection and filtering for Web-based traffic at the gateway level. Products were sold to LAUSD through Software House International.

"Network downtime due to the outbreak of a computer virus is a costly and unacceptable situation for our students and staff," said Megan Klee, chief information officer, Los Angeles Unified School District. "Having a multi-faceted, integrated approach to Internet security is a must in a district as large and spread out as LAUSD. With that in mind, Symantec was the best fit for our needs, both in terms of their products and their support."

LAUSD's selection of Symantec was based on each product's ability to thwart security breaches as well as on the unique expertise made available through Symantec Security Services professionals and Symantec Security Response, a global network of researchers that provide customers with around-the-clock, rapid response to any new security-related attacks.

"For an agency as large as LAUSD, it is critical that Internet security measures extend as far as the network infrastructure and provide comprehensive protection at all tiers of that environment," said Gail Hamilton, Symantec executive vice president. "LAUSD is setting an example for other school districts across the nation on how to protect their own networks against today's threats of viruses and hackers. With Symantec Internet security solutions, LAUSD can be assured that it is protected by highly scalable solutions supported by a network of industry-leading security experts."

Symantec Web Security is a high performance 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 antivirus 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.

Symantec's antivirus solutions are 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 solution offers best-of-breed products to protect gateways, servers, and clients with virus protection, firewall security, intrusion detection and vulnerability management. Symantec Enterprise Security also includes the Digital Immune System, Symantec's unique technology for automatic detection and cure of security threats. Customers benefit from Symantec Security Response, a global network of researchers that provide customers with around-the-clock, rapid 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

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