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The Ergonomic Group Earns Symantec Certifications

Northeast Integrator Delivers Integrated Security Solutions as a Symantec Enterprise Solutions Partner

CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Jan. 27, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that The Ergonomic Group Inc. (EGI), a Northeast systems integrator and Enterprise Solutions Partner in the Symantec Partner Program, has earned multiple Symantec Certified Security Engineer (SCSE) certifications in vulnerability management and intrusion detection. To earn these certifications, EGI demonstrated proven expertise in vulnerability management and intrusion detection and specific Symantec products.

"Today's Internet attacks are increasing in frequency and complexity. Many organizations have begun augmenting their security infrastructures to accommodate these changes," said Steve Marshall, director of Professional Services at EGI. "Security conscious companies view vulnerability management and intrusion detection as imperative functions for solid protection."

Symantec is the only Internet security company that offers a complete range of integrated security solutions so partners can protect customers from blended threats and other network attacks at the gateway, server or client.

"Wide-ranging security coverage is what excited us most about certification and partnership with Symantec," Marshall explained. "As a leader in the security marketplace, Symantec has a solid vision and leading solutions. EGI wanted to partner with Symantec early to grow with the company."

"EGI is a valuable resource in an industry with a shortage of qualified security professionals," said Allyson Seelinger, vice president, North American Enterprise and Consumer Channels at Symantec. "The company has the knowledge and skills needed to protect customers at all levels."

Two EGI consultants have earned three SCSE certifications by completing comprehensive, hands-on training, including several classroom and self-study hours along with technology- and product-specific exams. To achieve SCSE status with certification in vulnerability management and intrusion detection, EGI personnel demonstrated overall knowledge in security planning, deployment and utilization along with product proficiency on Symantec Enterprise Security Manager, Symantec NetRecon, Symantec Intruder Alert and Symantec NetProwler.

Marshall expects six additional EGI employees to be SCSE-certified by Spring 2003 along with two employees certified at the highest level of Symantec certification—Symantec Certified Security Practitioner (SCSP). In addition to the current SCSE certifications, eight EGI employees have obtained 18 Symantec Product Specialist (SPS) credentials.

The Symantec Certification Program provides fee-based online and instructor-led technical training and includes courses in firewall and VPN technologies, vulnerability management, intrusion detection and virus protection and content management. A passing grade on the appropriate certification exams enables partners to earn Symantec certification credentials at four different levels:

  • Symantec Product Specialist (SPS): focuses on a single Symantec security product and its functionality in an overall security system;
  • Symantec Technology Architect (STA): focuses on vendor-neutral security knowledge of how to design, plan, deploy and manage security solutions within a specific focus area such as vulnerability management;
  • Symantec Certified Security Engineer (SCSE): has, in addition to product specific training and certification, a high level understanding of and the ability to design, plan, deploy and manage security solutions within a specific focus area such as vulnerability management; and
  • Symantec Certified Security Practitioner (SCSP): is a senior consultant with in-depth knowledge and expertise across the complete range of security disciplines who has achieved SCSE certification in all security categories.

For more information on the Symantec Partner Program visit www.symantecpartner.com.

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