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Largest Public Agency in Mexico Selects Symantec AntiVirus Solutions

Secretary of Education of Mexico Deploys Symantec Internet Security

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Feb. 19, 2002 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that the office of the Secretary of Public Education (SEP) for the country of Mexico has selected Symantec antivirus solutions to protect against malicious code. SEP is the largest public agency in Mexico. Under the contract, SEP will standardize on Symantec's Internet security solutions throughout the agency's network of desktops.

SEP's selection of Symantec was based on a customized plan drawn up for the agency by Symantec Security Services professionals, providing an assessment of the security needs for SEP's computer network and then providing assistance for implementation of the necessary security solutions.

"Considering the threat of cyber attacks that exist in today's connected world, Internet security is no longer a luxury but instead is a must in order to ensure the defense of one's critical infrastructure, particularly for a public agency as large as the Secretary of Education of Mexico," said Gail Hamilton, Symantec executive vice president. "The leadership for the Secretary's office must be commended for their initiative and willingness to take every step necessary to protect the information of their agency and the constituents they serve."

Symantec's antivirus 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 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, 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 http://enterprisesecurity.symantec.com.

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