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Symantec Announces Symantec Antivirus for Microsoft ISA Server Which Will Protect Web and Email Traffic from Malicious Code

Preview Symantec AntiVirus for Microsoft ISA Server at Microsoft Exchange Conference 2002

CUPERTINO, Calif. - October 8, 2002 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced Symantec AntiVirus for Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server, which will provide scalable and reliable virus detection and repair for HTTP, FTP and SMTP traffic served through ISA Server. Scheduled to be available in December, Symantec AntiVirus for ISA Server will help thwart outbreaks by preventing new threats from entering an organization through ISA Server – an extensible firewall and Web cache server that integrates with Windows 2000 to provide policy-based security.

"Symantec recognized the importance of protecting its customers at all tiers of the network," said Nevet Basker, director of business development at Microsoft Corp. "The integration of Symantec’s anti-virus technology with ISA Server will provide the security essential to enterprise customers conducting business and communicating via the Internet."

"Symantec AntiVirus for ISA Server will use Symantec’s award-winning virus technologies to protect an enterprise from e-mail borne viruses and malicious web content," said Greg Gotta, vice president, product delivery at Symantec. "Symantec AntiVirus for ISA Server is ideal for any size organization seeking a high performance solution to protect the outermost perimeter of a network from Internet threats."

Scalable and Reliable Protection Against Blended Threats
By integrating with the ISA Management console, Symantec AntiVirus for ISA Server will enable administrators to easily configure alerts and protection from malicious threats in all major file types, including compressed file formats. Designed specifically to protect HTTP, FTP, and SMTP traffic served through the ISA Server, the solution will employ award-winning Symantec technologies that are optimized for speed and impose minimal resource demands on existing network infrastructures. To ensure continuous protection and reduce administrative burden, these technologies will enable automatic updating of virus definitions and engines, as well as the detection of previously unknown threats.

Symantec AntiVirus for ISA Server will provide IT Administrators with a high-performance, scalable and reliable solution to safeguard against e-mail borne and web-based malicious threats before they can reach client computers. With the availability of advanced mail policy settings, Symantec AntiVirus for ISA Server will prevent new virus threats from entering an organization’s mail servers and conserve server resources by blocking messages based on subject line, attachment and size.

Symantec AntiVirus for ISA Server is backed by Symantec Security Response, a team of dedicated security engineers and intrusion and virus experts who provide worldwide support and response capabilities protecting computer users from today’s most complex security threats.

Availability
Symantec AntiVirus for ISA Server is scheduled to be available in December 2002. For trialware, or to obtain licensing information or locate a reseller, visit http://enterprisesecurity.symantec.com on the World Wide Web. For a preview of the solution, visit booth #622 at Microsoft Exchange Conference 2002 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Ca., October 8-11, 2002.

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.

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