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Symantec Garners Broad Industry Support For Introduction Of Symantec Security Management System

Standards-based Approach Allows for Simplified Integration

CUPERTINO, Calif. - October 1, 2002 - Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced its new Symantec Security Management System with the support of dozens of industry leaders attending the Vision360: Symantec Enterprise Security Summit in New York City.

Industry leaders recognize their customers' need to consolidate management functions across a breadth of multi-vendor security applications at various tiers and platforms. Symantec's use of open architecture creates integration opportunities with Symantec Security Management System that benefit enterprise customers and have appeal to companies such as:

  • Aladdin Knowledge Systems
  • Arbor Networks
  • Blue Coat Systems
  • Cenzic
  • Clearswift
  • Deloitte & Touche
  • Entercept Security Technologies
  • Ernst & Young
  • IBM
  • ManageSoft Corporation
  • Netegrity
  • Nexland

  • Ponte Communications
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Qualys
  • Radware
  • Rainfinity
  • Raytheon
  • RSA Security
  • SilentRunner
  • Sun Microsystems
  • TippingPoint Technologies

Designed to control risk and reduce costs, Symantec Security Management System is comprised of multiple components for customers to select and deploy the right set of security management applications unique to their business needs. The management system is built on Symantec Enterprise Security Architecture, open, standards-based security integration technology that allows quick and straight-forward integrations to be easily developed between other vendors' security solutions and Symantec Security Management System.

"Companies now considering security as a pivotal requirement for business continuity and brand protection are looking for trusted partners to provide that security as a product, service or a combination," said Gail Hamilton, executive vice president, Symantec Corp. "By embracing a multi-vendor approach and an open, standards-based architecture, Symantec and its partners can help enterprises create and manage effective security environments."

"IBM and Symantec share a common mission to manage security across our customers' complex, multi-vendor environments," said Arvind Krishna, vice president of security products, Tivoli Software, IBM. "Through integration between Tivoli and Symantec software products, IBM can continue to provide the automated, self-protecting security management infrastructure our joint customers expect."

System integration partners are an essential element of Symantec's enterprise security strategy to provide early warning, integrated protection and expert response tied together with comprehensive management. By leveraging the open, standards-based architecture, these partners are empowered to deliver the comprehensive benefits of the Symantec Security Management System to their customers.

"We are delighted to have Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers showcasing their security services as part of the Vision360 event today," said Gary LaTulip, vice president of Global Strategic Sales, Symantec Corp. "Symantec recognizes the complexities of today's security need and is committed to working with its strategic partners to deliver effective security environments that lower costs, reduce vulnerabilities and simplify management."

Symantec has developed a comprehensive integration program comprised of software development kits, developer services and streamlined joint go-to-market processes, allowing independent software vendors, hardware manufacturers and system integrators to integrate with the Symantec Security Management System. Through their contributions as "early adopters," Entercept Security Technologies and TippingPoint Technologies have played a critical role in the development of Symantec's program. Both companies are integrating their respective intrusion prevention solutions with Symantec Enterprise Security Architecture, which allows their products to function with any of the components in the Symantec Security Management System. Demonstrations of the beta versions of these products will take place at Symantec's event today. The integration program is scheduled for wide release in the first quarter of 2003.

"Integration and partnerships with leading technology vendors like Symantec are a natural extension of our advancing role in the security market. Symantec Enterprise Security Architecture enables strong and effective security by delivering a framework to support enterprise class proactive protection, centralized and comprehensive management, and consistent security policy enforcement," said Lou Ryan, president and CEO of Entercept Security Technologies. "We support Symantec in establishing a comprehensive option for the management of critical security resources."

"The need for effective network security is crucial for enterprises and government agencies, however many solutions implemented today do not proactively prevent threats or provide a holistic view of the network," said Marc Willebeek-LeMair, TippingPoint chief technology officer. "TippingPoint applauds Symantec's leadership with its open-architecture initiative, and we are pleased to be an integrated component of the Symantec Security Management System, as it will empower customers to leverage intrusion prevention throughout their enterprise in their quest to prevent security threats."

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.

"In this ever-challenging world, threats to the security and commercial well being of companies and other enterprises never cease. Fortunately, managing risk across the enterprise is made easier and more effective when IT managers embrace a holistic approach to security," says Yanki Margalit, Chairman and CEO of Aladdin Knowledge Systems. "We share this vision with Symantec and work to promote this philosophy everyday."

"Addressing today's distributed network security threats requires a distributed point of view," said Thomas Arthur, Arbor Networks CEO. "Effectively aggregated and contextualized data frequently means the difference between a reactive, time-consuming response and proactive, streamlined remediation."

"Symantec has proven to be an invaluable partner with Blue Coat Systems, proactively securing customers from the emerging Web-based threats that traverse the network perimeter," said Bob Pratt, director of product marketing for Blue Coat Systems, a Web security appliance provider. "Symantec's new security management platform further extends the company's leadership role in delivering highly-advanced security technologies, including the high-performance virus scanning done in conjunction with Blue Coat's unique port 80 security appliance via ICAP."

"Customers consistently tell us that they're looking for cost-effective and easy-to-deploy security solutions," said Penny Leavy, Cenzic Co-Founder and Vice President of Sales and Business Development. "Symantec's Security Management System not only answers both those needs, its open-standards design supports and encourages integration efforts."

"As the global leader in content filtering, Clearswift is an active participant in creating solutions that establish and enforce security policies. We endorse the Symantec Security Management System approach for three reasons: it is wholly congruent with our strategy to offer improvement in security performance and management capability; it is based on open standards which meet the needs of customers seeking greater integration of security solutions; it builds on our positive relationship with a fellow leader in the market and further increases the value that both companies can offer their customers. " says Paul Rutherford, Chief Marketing Officer, Clearswift Corporation.

"There is a movement toward using integrated solutions to protect enterprise networks," said Victor Keong, partner, Deloitte & Touche in Toronto. "Enterprises are seeking a holistic approach that will bring them better cost savings, ease of management and a vantage point from which to oversee their security posture. Symantec's Security Management System can provide a long lasting value for enterprises seeking to protect their organizational assets."

We support Symantec's prime objective to reduce the total cost of ownership for security operations while providing better vulnerability management and more effective incident response. This is strategically aligned with Ernst & Young's Security Services. Symantec's approach to minimizing the complexity of enterprise security while providing management oversight is a strategy we believe in and support.

Symantec's industry leading security products and approach for integrating clients, gateways, and management is a great first step towards creating a less complex security solution while ensuring comprehensive protection.

Symantec's recent acquisition of Riptech, combined with Recourse's Intrusion Detection Systems, creates a highly effective security alert and response solution, and immediately places Symantec's Security Management System framework in a leading position. The dominance of Symantec's desktop solution also provides a strategic entry into the emerging enterprise security management system market.

Ernst & Young is focused on our strategic relationship with Symantec. Together we will integrate industry-leading, cost-effective, enterprise-wide security solutions that will help our clients leverage their security management capabilities as a key point of differentiation in the marketplace.

Mark Doll
Americas Director, Security & Technology Solutions
Ernst & Young

"IBM and Symantec share a common mission to manage security across our customers' complex, multi-vendor environments," said Arvind Krishna, vice president of security products, Tivoli Software, IBM. "Through integration between Tivoli and Symantec software products, IBM can continue to provide the automated, self-protecting security management infrastructure our joint customers expect."

"For the first time, Symantec's Security Management System provides the means of tying policy-based Software and Configuration Management (SCM) into an integrated enterprise-wide security program," said Walter Elliot, CEO of ManageSoft Corporation. "ManageSoft is proud to be the first SCM vendor with plans to integrate with the Symantec Security Management System, enabling our customers to more effectively prevent and remediate security vulnerabilities. We applaud Symantec for taking the initiative to facilitate this groundbreaking single-view of enterprise-wide security."

"Netegrity and Symantec share a common goal of supporting open standards in order to lower the interoperability barriers among the many different security infrastructures within an organization," said Jim Rosen, vice president of business development at Netegrity. "This interoperability will enable businesses to have a complete picture of their security environment, enabling them to make more informed decisions and respond more quickly to a security crises."

"Designing and implementing a standard for security managers to deploy requires expertise in all levels of the current security networking architecture. Symantec has this experience, from desktop software firewalls to managed enterprise vulnerability detection and protection," said Greg Levine, CEO of Nexland. "We've seen other attempts at a so called 'open' management standard but they turned out to be black box code that must be licensed. This makes it impossible for an Internet appliance maker like Nexland to support. Symantec has the first truly open security management architecture based on networking standards. This bodes well for compatibility and integration by software as well as hardware vendors."

"The Symantec Security Management System is the right vision for our clients in the market today given the risks they face," said Joe Duffy, global leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers. "Security is very dynamic and enterprises must have a dynamic approach to address the increasing number and complexity of Internet security threats. The Symantec Security Management System provides the necessary framework for the technology and the process to be in place to support a secure infrastructure."

"Ponte secures the network through unified configuration control. Our nsControl solution provides very complimentary functionality within Symantec's Enterprise Security Architecture. Symantec's architecture is based on open standards and correctly presumes that enterprise networks are heterogeneous and network operators must have a holistic view to manage them. Symantec is the only security vendor in the marketplace taking this winning approach in a meaningful way," said Will Anglin, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management.

"Enterprises are facing the daunting challenge of securing their networks in a comprehensive way and on a 24x7 basis," stated Philippe Courtot, Chairman and CEO of Qualys. "Symantec has simplified the process of building a corporate security framework, by providing customers with a standards-based technology that enables companies to create a comprehensive, integrated security package to meet all of their needs, including everything from vulnerability assessment to firewalls to IDS." Qualys, Inc., the leader in Managed Vulnerability Assessment, enables security providers, security professionals, and corporate customers to automatically audit Internet-connected networks for security vulnerabilities.

"Symantec is at the forefront of technology that safeguards businesses worldwide from attack," said Vikram K. Desai, COO of Radware. "We are pleased to be Symantec's partner in delivering an integrated and comprehensive solution suite. The combination of Symantec's Security Management System and Radware's FireProof Security Application Switch will provide an unmatched ability to preserve the integrity and security of entire network infrastructures. Network managers will be comfortable knowing that their infrastructures are optimized for performance in a cost-effective manner at all times, while end users will see the benefit of continuous availability."

"The Symantec Security Management System meets a profound need in the enterprise security market. Symantec's commitment to standards-based interfaces greatly facilitates integration of leading third-party applications, such as Rainfinity's, and establishes SSMS as a leader in enterprise security management", said John Schroeder, President and CEO of Rainfinity.

"Partnering with Symantec has taken Rainfinity to the next level of customer acceptance. The integration of Rainfinity and Symantec products has produced synergistic benefits for users that have allowed Rainfinity to sell to hundreds of the world's largest corporations that we couldn't have reached otherwise", said Jack Norris, Vice-President Marketing for Rainfinity.

"From a business point of view Symantec Security Management System provides the integration of components in an open architecture environment, so that we don't have to develop something ourselves. Symantec has taken on the responsibility of putting some of the disparate stand-alone products together before we have to do it, and removing the risk from us. It's a tremendous advantage for an integrator," said Tim Bashara, Director of Secure Information Systems for Raytheon.

"RSA Security is committed to providing standards-based trusted identity and access management solutions that provide low costs and rapid, easy implementation for our customers--all in a secure, maintainable environment," said John Worrall, vice president of worldwide marketing at RSA Security. "By partnering with leading firms like Symantec in their vision for a vendor-neutral security management architecture, we can assure joint customers highest levels of interoperability, easy integration, and most importantly strong security across the management platform."

"The security advantages our network security analysis and forensic tools offer depend on effective customer monitoring and management," said Jeff Waxman, president and CEO of SilentRunner, Inc. "Using SilentRunner's technology to correlate and analyze information traveling around the network, Symantec's vendor-neutral SSMS approach will ease security managers' burdens by delivering centralized monitoring and correlation features, and therefore reinforce their network defenses, making it easier to spot and investigate anomalous behavior."

"The security and integrity of networks and corporate data are primary concerns for enterprise customers," said Dane Smith, Western Area vice president, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Symantec has met these concerns with a comprehensive line up of security solutions that operate on Sun's highly reliable and secure Solaris ™ OE. With the launch of Symantec's security management system, enterprise security managers should be better equipped to control risks and reduce their costs using Symantec's secure enterprise security architecture."

"Symantec has a unique position in the security industry today. Their ability to offer a complete suite of Security solutions to consumers, corporate customers and service providers make them the ideal vendor to drive an initiative such as the Symantec Security Management System", Philippe Eyries Chairman, CTO and Co-founder of VIGILANTe said and continued " We have seen a need for Global Security Management Platform for some time and are thrilled to join the Symantec ecosystem with this effort. They have always been a thought leader and are continuing to be so".

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