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Symantec CEO Talks With The Nation's County Officials on It Security

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Feb. 28, 2002 -Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that John W. Thompson, Symantec chairman and CEO, will give the keynote address at the National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference, held at the Hilton Washington and Towers in Washington, D.C., March 1-5. The 2002 NACo Legislative Conference centers on legislative issues relating to county governments and will focus on "Homeland Security ­ Counties Secure America: First Responders."

Thompson's address, on March 3, will examine the role of local governments in protecting the nation's critical infrastructure from cyber attacks. He will discuss the critical cooperation between the public and private sectors in addressing information security in a post-Sept. 11 environment.

Since joining Symantec in April 1999, Thompson led the transformation of the company from a consumer software publisher to the global leader in Internet security solutions for individuals and enterprises. Symantec has more than 100 million users worldwide including 98 of the Fortune 100 companies. Under Thompson's leadership, the company is the leading provider of comprehensive security solutions to protect enterprise networks against new, highly sophisticated hacker attacks, such as Nimda and CodeRed, that combine viruses, worms and vulnerability exploitations.

NACo, an organization representing more than 2,000 United States county governments, aims to provide legislative, research and technical services to its members. The NACo Legislative Conference includes workshops, committee meetings, roundtable discussions and state association meetings designed for local and county officials, county commissioners, council members and assessors.

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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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