CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Feb. 5, 2003 - Symantec Corp., (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security technology, today announced that it will host a Webcast that provides an overview of its most recent Internet Security Threat Report. The Webcast will be held Thursday, February 6 at 10 a.m. PST and 1 p.m. PST. Attendees can register at http://enterprisesecurity.symantec.com/Content/webcastinfo.cfm?WebcastID=44.
Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report, released February 3, represents the most comprehensive assessment of emerging and future Internet threats. Leveraging the full breadth of Symantec's technology and service offerings, the Report is based on data and analysis that cover the full spectrum of information security, including network-based cyber attacks, vulnerability analysis, and malicious code. Analysis of this data produces a global view of issues such as: the rate and severity of cyber attacks; the types of vulnerabilities that may pose a significant threat to organizations; and emerging trends in malicious code that present the greatest risk to the Internet community.
Amit Yoran, Vice President, Symantec Managed Security Services, will lead the Webcast. His discussion will help Webcast attendees to gain a deeper understanding of the state of overall Internet threats, and what these threats mean to their organizations.
"Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report is the most comprehensive report of its kind. In releasing the results, we hope to provide IT leaders with guidance to evaluate the effectiveness of their security strategies," said Yoran. "This Webcast will enable members of the IT community to learn more about the Report's results and methodology and to focus on the most significant findings."
For the first time, Symantec reports that the level of total cyber attack activity has decreased, falling 6 percent in the second half of 2002. The report also found that damage caused by recent blended threats, such as Opaserv, was considerably less than that caused by old threats, such as Code Red. Mixed with the encouraging news, Symantec also documented 2,524 new vulnerabilities in 2002, an increase of 81.5 percent over 2001. Symantec believes that the possibility of future, high impact, blended threats continues to represent one of the greatest risks to the Internet community.
About Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report
Insights in the Internet Security Threat Report are drawn from Symantec's breadth of world-leading resources. Cyber attack trends are drawn from the analysis of attack data collected in real time from a subset of thousands of intrusion detection systems and firewalls. These sensors are deployed in more than 40 countries as part of the Symantec's Worldwide Managed Security Services Operations. Vulnerability trends are based on statistical analysis of Symantec Response Team's extensive vulnerability database, which houses more than 6,000 vulnerabilities affecting more than 13,000 distinct products. Finally, malicious code trends are based on analysis of information generated by Symantec Response Team's Digital Immune System, which draws submitted virus data from more than 100 million antivirus products.
Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report is available on its Web site at www.symantec.com.
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