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Symantec Offers Webcast on Cultivating a More Secure Workforce by Moving Employees from Awareness to Action

CUPERTINO, Calif. - August 18, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced it will host a webcast offering recommendations on how to help security best practices become routine operating procedure in today's organizations. The one-hour webcast, titled "Beyond Security Awareness: How to Foster Lasting Change in Employee Behavior for a More Secure Workforce," will be held on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at 8:00 a.m. PST and again at 11 a.m. PST. Attendees can register at http://enterprisesecurity.symantec.com/content/webcastinfo.cfm?webcastid=62.

Max McLellan, regional training director for Symantec Education Services in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), will lead the webcast. Using concrete examples and real-world scenarios, this webcast will take HR, line and business managers, and security IT management step-by-step through the development and implementation of an effective employee security awareness program. The webcast will include topics such as:

  • Understanding individual and group resistance to change
  • Overcoming roadblocks and developing effective motivation strategies
  • Promoting security-positive behavior
  • Nurturing long-term changes in behavior for lasting results
"Security-savvy employees are critical to the strength of an organization's overall security posture, and exposing the workforce to messages about security best practices is a critical first step," said McLellan. "This webcast will discuss methods for developing an employee security awareness program tailored to the unique needs of the organization and is designed to successfully influence employee behavior."

Part of Symantec's Enterprise Security Services, Symantec Education Services provides technical product training, vendor-neutral security education, and employee security awareness programs so enterprises can better protect vital information. These programs enable organizations to optimize the operation and administration of security systems, effectively address business risks, and reduce security issues with a more conscientious workforce. For more information on Symantec Education Services and its upcoming webcasts and seminars, please visit http://enterprisesecurity.symantec.com/SecurityServices/.

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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