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Symantec Hosts Annual Conference on Internet Security for Enterprise Customers

SecureXchange 2003 Offers Training and Seminars On Symantec Solutions and Services

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Oct. 20, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that it will host SecureXchange 2003, Symantec’s annual conference providing enterprise customers with the latest information and training to secure their networks against today’s cyber threats. The conference will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4 through Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at the Sheraton Premiere Tyson’s Corner in Vienna, Va., near Washington, D.C.

Keynote speakers at the event include Richard A. Clarke, chairman of Good Harbor Consulting and former chairman of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board; John Schwarz, Symantec president and chief operating officer; and Rob Clyde, Symantec vice president and chief technology officer.

In addition to information about the company’s products and services, Symantec’s security experts and managers will also conduct breakout sessions on subjects such as the latest attacker and network evasion techniques, incident management, policy compliance, vulnerability assessment, and various forms of multi-layered security. Customers can register for the event on-line at http://securexchange.symantec.com.

For customers who attend the event, SecureXchange 2003 also offers the Partner Expo, which features live demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with Symantec’s leading channel partners and experts on Internet security technology.

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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