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Symantec Enterprise Firewall Earns CRN Product of the Year Award

CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Jan. 13, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that Symantec Enterprise Firewall with VPN 7.0 has been named CRN "Product of the Year" in the software firewall category. Symantec Enterprise Firewall with VPN rose above the competition to earn the award published in the December 23-30, 2002 issue.

According to CRN, "Symantec Enterprise Firewall with VPN took top honors because of its excellent feature set, flexibility and ease of implementation and use." Symantec Enterprise Firewall protects enterprise assets and business transactions with one of the most secure, high-performance solutions for ensuring safe connections with the Internet and between networks.

"We are honored that Symantec Enterprise Firewall with VPN has been designated by CRN as their top pick for 2002 in the software firewall category," said Barry Cioe senior director of product management at Symantec. "Symantec's mature security architecture and comprehensive channel program offers customers an ideal solution to easily and effectively secure their enterprise."

Symantec Enterprise Firewall's full application inspection architecture delivers security and speed, providing strong and transparent firewall protection against unwanted intrusion without slowing the flow of approved traffic on enterprise networks. By supporting an optional, standards-based VPN, Symantec Enterprise Firewall can also provide secure, low-cost connectivity for remote offices and telecommuters. Symantec Enterprise Firewall minimizes vulnerabilities and delivers full-featured security, ensuring complete control of information entering and leaving the enterprise.

CRN editors also highlighted Symantec's channel program, stating "Symantec's impressive channel program focuses on online and offline training and sales incentives, along with a customizable, resource-rich Web site with co-marketing materials and communication channels."

Symantec Enterprise Firewall with VPN is a key element 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 solution offers best-of-breed products to protect gateways, servers and clients with firewall security, virtual private networking (VPN), intrusion detection, vulnerability management and virus protection. Customers benefit from Symantec's global network of researchers that provide customers with around-the-clock, immediate 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

About the Symantec Partner Program
The Symantec Partner Program focuses on providing partners, such as channel partners, services partners, technology partners and OEM partners, with the expertise and resources necessary to plan, implement and manage complex security architectures for their customers using Symantec security solutions. In addition to comprehensive sales expertise and award-winning technical support, Symantec offers partners extensive fee-based training and certification on the operation and installation of Symantec solutions in four technical areas critical in today's networked environment: virus protection and content management, firewall and VPN technologies, intrusion detection systems and vulnerability management. For more information or to sign up for the Symantec Partner Program, partners should visit

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

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