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Symantec Sweeps VARBusiness Annual Report Card

Channel Partners Rate Security Vendor Products, Support, and PartnershipTo Again Name Symantec Top Security Management Software Vendor

CUPERTINO, Calif. - August 27, 2003 -Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that Symantec was named First Place Overall winner for Security Management Software in the VARBusiness Annual Report Card (ARC) awards. Symantec ranked first in the support subcategory and tied for first in the products and partnership subcategories. This is the second year in a row Symantec has been recognized as the top security management vendor.

"We congratulate Symantec on its repeat win as top Security Management Software vendor in our Annual Report Card survey," said Robert DeMarzo, CMP Vice President and Editorial Director. "The ARC is the definitive benchmark of vendor/partner relationships and winning an ARC award-especially in today's challenging IT market-is an impressive achievement."

"We are honored that channel partners have again expressed their vote of confidence in our partner program, products and support," said Allyson Seelinger, vice president, North American Enterprise and Consumer Channels at Symantec. "We consider our partners an integral part of our team and key to our ongoing success, and we will continue to enhance our program and benefits to better meet the needs of our partners."

The VARBusiness ARC, now in its 18th year, is the premier gauge of partner satisfaction. For this year's ARC, VARBusiness surveyed more than 5,000 channel partners who evaluated 70 market-leading vendors across 18 product categories. Those channel partners were asked to rate their satisfaction with their vendors' products, support, and partnering activities. Bernett Research Services, a Boston-based data collection company, and Answers Research, the market research and consulting firm in Solana Beach, Calif, conducted the research. Complete results of the ARC report will be published in the Oct. 13, 2003 edition of VARBusiness.

About the Symantec Partner Program
The Symantec Partner Program focuses on providing enterprise partners-such as proven Internet security experts, value-added resellers and other channel 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 enterprise 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 www.symantecpartner.com.

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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