CUPERTINO, Calif. - Feb. 7, 2002 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced its sponsorship of the National Cyber Security Alliance's Stay Safe Online campaign, a coordinated effort by a number of public agencies and businesses designed to educate home and small business users about how the importance of securing their computers is related to protecting the nation's critical infrastructure.
As part of the campaign, Symantec will give the first of a series of online presentations that can be accessed via the campaign's Web site, www.staysafeonline.info, entitled "Protect Your Computer, Protect Your Country's Cyber Infrastructure," by Stephen Trilling, senior director of Advanced Concepts for Symantec. The talk focuses on how consumers and small businesses can protect the nation's critical infrastructure by making sure their computers and networks have the proper Internet security precautions installed to defend against viruses and worms or having their computer used without their knowledge to launch cyber attacks.
In addition to the tech talk, Symantec's logo on the campaign's Web site will be linked to Symantec Security Check, a free online service that automatically identifies and addresses online safety threats to individuals' PC and Macintosh computers.
"As the Internet becomes more ubiquitous, a Smokey-the-Bear type public service campaign to raise awareness about the importance of Internet security is long overdue in this nation," said John W. Thompson, chairman and CEO, Symantec Corp. "Symantec is honored to be a sponsor of this campaign. We look forward to working with the other sponsor companies and agencies as we join in an overall effort to educate the public about protecting our nation's critical infrastructure in today's cyber-connected world."
Besides www.staysafeoneline.info, Symantec Security Check can also be accessed via Symantec's main Web site at www.symantec.com/securitycheck. Symantec Security Check is a free Web-hosted vulnerability assessment tool, providing users with easy-to-understand information about where their particular computer is vulnerable to viruses, hackers and privacy threats. After performing the evaluation, Symantec Security Check then offers recommendations for securing that computer against those threats.
The National Cyber Security Alliance is a new partnership of government and industry members aligned with the common goal of educating Americans on the need for computer security as an aspect of homeland defense. The Stay Safe Online campaign is designed to educate home and small business computer users about critical elements of cyber security through several venues including: national computer security awareness days coinciding with the days Americans change their clocks, a new web site - www.staysafeonline.info/, a national poster campaign, audio technical discussions with security experts, and public service announcements.
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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