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Symantec Client Security Earns Microsoft Certification

Symantec Client Security Will Support Windows Server 2003, Including 64-Bit Windows

CUPERTINO, Calif. - April 24, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced Symantec Client Security with support for Windows Server 2003,, including its 64-bit Windows Server 2003. In addition, Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition, which provides the antivirus technology within Symantec Client Security, has earned Microsoft Certification for Windows Server 2003 Standard and Enterprise editions.

“Microsoft is pleased that this latest version of Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition and Symantec Client Security now supports the Windows Server 2003 operating system,” said Bob Ellsworth, director, Windows Server Product Management Group, Microsoft Corp. “With support for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and 64-bit Windows, Symantec is ensuring our mutual customers have up-to-date Internet security.”

“Today’s malicious code often spreads throughout a network because of an inadequately protected client,” said Lily De Los Rios, vice president, Symantec Corp. “Symantec Client Security is the ideal solution for organizations seeking to protect their networks from the growing number of security risks entering their systems via under-protected desktops and laptops.”

Symantec Client Security integrates antivirus, personal firewall and intrusion detection technologies to effectively protect desktops against today’s blended threats. Additionally, the critical response time during a blended threat outbreak can be dramatically shortened through Symantec Client Security’s single update mechanism, combining virus definitions, firewall rules and intrusion detection signatures.

Easy Configuration, Deployment and Management
Symantec Client Security offers IT administrators the ability to centrally configure and deploy the solution as well as set day-to-day policy management and reporting functions. To reduce administration time, administrators can easily deploy Symantec Client Security using one of three pre-packaged installations – full installation, lightly managed, and thin client, the smallest possible footprint without sacrificing protection. Administrators can also apply lock-down policies throughout the organization to prevent users from modifying client security settings. Customized policies can be applied based on user groups (e.g. departments or locations).

Proactive and Integrated Security Against Blended Threats
Symantec Client Security is an integrated security solution that provides a proactive approach to security against blended threats, such as Klez and Code Red, before they attack. The integration of multiple security functions enables Symantec to provide quick and comprehensive updates using a single response mechanism when malicious code attacks occur, a much more efficient and effective alternative to multiple-product updates. When the firewall technology encounters a suspicious outgoing file it will signal the antivirus scanning engine regardless of whether the antivirus real-time protection is turned on or off. If the antivirus scan determines the file is infected, the antivirus engine will instruct the firewall technology to raise the threat level to high with a default action to block the file from accessing the Internet. Most important, these updates are delivered by the Symantec Security Response team, which provides fast, global, integrated analysis and response.

Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition is also currently undergoing certification testing for Windows Server 2003 DataCenter edition and Symantec Client Security is currently in the testing process to earn the Designed for Windows XP logo.

Symantec Client Security is planned to be available May 5, 2003 through Symantec’s worldwide network of value-added resellers, distributors and systems integrators. Organizations seeking a reseller or distributor should contact Symantec at http://www.symantecpartner.com/var/var_locate.html.

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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