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Symantec Offers New Firewall and VPN Solutions Providing Improved Centralized Management and Speeds In Excess of 1.5 Gbps

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Feb. 4, 2002 - Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced Symantec Enterprise Firewall 7.0 and Symantec Enterprise VPN 7.0 for the Windows 2000/NT and Solaris platforms. Symantec Enterprise Firewall and Symantec Enterprise VPN feature enhancements in speed, centralized management and ease-of-use, providing customers with one of the industry's most secure, high-speed firewall and VPN. In addition, Symantec Enterprise Firewall now offers the option to integrate high availability/load balancing solutions into the firewall, further enabling system uptime and enhancing the scalable throughput needed in today's business environments.

Complex Internet threats require firewall technologies more sophisticated than those offered by traditional stateful inspection firewalls. Recognized for its superior protection against blended threats, such as Code Red and Nimda, Symantec Enterprise Firewall provides advanced full-inspection engines and automated system hardening to further protect corporate networks from these types of attacks. Symantec Enterprise Firewall leads the market with its support for the newest, most secure and faster data encryption algorithm, Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). This full-inspection firewall scales to speeds in excess of 1.5Gbps, providing optimum throughput and performance for customers with T1 to Gigabit Ethernet connections.

The IPSec certified Symantec Enterprise VPN, which can be integrated with Symantec Enterprise Firewall or used alone, allows organizations to securely extend their network perimeters beyond the enterprise firewall by providing secure VPN server-side ProxySecured scanning of all IPSec connections, as well as, client-side firewall protection.

"With Internet security breaches possible at every network entry point, it is necessary to protect a system at the perimeter, gateway and desktop," said Greg Gotta, vice president of Symantec product delivery. "The combination of Symantec Enterprise Firewall at the perimeter and gateway, along with Symantec Enterprise VPN, provides the necessary protection against unwanted intrusion while allowing approved business traffic to traverse the enterprise network."

Improved Manageability
The centralized management of the firewall has also been improved to provide the ability to easily manage multiple similar firewalls. The Raptor Management Console displays a complete list of firewalls under management in one window-pane and firewall specific data in an adjacent pane, similar to browsing file folders on a PC. Simplified wizards and newly designed, advanced GUIs provide for easy set-up of all the most common configurations while still providing advanced features important for growing companies. Symantec Enterprise VPN offers 1-Step Configuration, 1-Step Connect, remote administration and automated system hardening making it easy to manage and use.

Hybrid Security Architecture
Symantec Enterprise Firewall protects enterprise assets and business transactions with one of the most secure, high-performance solutions for ensuring safe connections with the Internet and between networks. Its unique hybrid architecture delivers security and speed, providing strong and transparent firewall protection against unwanted intrusion without slowing the flow of approved traffic on enterprise networks. By supporting an optional, standards-based, VPN, Symantec Enterprise Firewall can also provide secure, low-cost connectivity for remote offices and telecommuters. Because of its award-winning architecture, Symantec Enterprise Firewall minimizes vulnerabilities and delivers full-featured security, ensuring complete control of information entering and leaving the enterprise.

Symantec Enterprise Firewall and Symantec Enterprise VPN are key elements 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 firewall security, virtual private networking (VPN), intrusion detection, vulnerability management and virus protection. 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 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.

Symantec Enterprise Firewall 7.0 and Symantec Enterprise VPN 7.0 are currently available through Symantec's worldwide network of value-added authorized resellers, distributors and systems integrators. Organizations can be connected with Symantec resellers or distributors in their areas by visiting the Symantec Solution Provider locator at http://www.symantecpartner.com/var/var_locate.html. For additional product information call (800) 745-6054 or visit www.symantec.com.

About Symantec
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.

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