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Symantec Security Response Declared CVE-Compatible

Compatibility Enhances Information Sharing, Enables Reduced Exposure to Threats

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Sept. 24, 2002 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that its security vulnerabilities and advisories Web site and e-mail service, Symantec Security Response, will now use Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) names. CVE is a list or dictionary that provides common names for information security vulnerabilities and exposures. Using a common name makes it easier to share data across separate databases and tools that otherwise are not easily integrated. As a result, Symantec Security Response users can more quickly and accurately gain access to information about security vulnerabilities and, in turn, reduce exposure to threats.

"As a provider of Internet security products and services, Symantec is committed to delivering solutions to help ensure the safety and productivity of Internet users in the enterprise, at home and on the road," said Vincent Weafer, senior director of Symantec Security Response. "By incorporating CVE names, Symantec Security Response enables organizations to quickly access comprehensive information about security vulnerabilities and, in turn, protect against blended threats that exploit those vulnerabilities."

"As security threats increase in number, complexity, and frequency today, organizations require clear and concise direction from security services to help them proactively prepare for and respond to these problems," said Robert Martin, the CVE Compatibility Lead at MITRE. "CVE compatibility will help customers close the gaps in coverage that often result from using disparate security sources, thereby helping ensure more comprehensive protection against new and emerging vulnerabilities and exposures."

According to The MITRE Corporation (www.mitre.org), the not-for-profit company that maintains CVE and provides impartial technical guidance to the CVE Editorial Board, CVE-compatible tools, databases and services provide organizations better coverage, easier interoperability, and enhanced security.

Symantec Security Response is a team of dedicated intrusion experts, security engineers, virus hunters, and global technical support teams that work in tandem to provide extensive coverage for enterprise businesses and consumers. By leveraging CVE’s standardized dictionary of security vulnerabilities and exposures as well as Symantec’s 24x7 global Internet security expertise, Symantec Security Response augments its world-class support and response capabilities to give users concise, targeted, and complete information about today’s most complex security threats.

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