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Symantec Enterprise Security Manager 6.0 Offers Comprehensive Policy Compliance and Assessment

Symantec ESM Now Offers Pre-configured Industry Best Practice Security Policies and Application Modules

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Oct. 27, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced the release of Symantec Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) 6.0, an industry-leading policy compliance solution that performs more than 2,000 different security and vulnerability checks to measure whether systems and applications are configured properly, and discover un-patched vulnerabilities so that they can be contained or remediated. The solution also now includes pre-configured industry best practice security policies and application modules for greater protection against potential security risks within an enterprise environment.

"Today's Internet security threats are becoming more sophisticated in that they combine viruses and worms with vulnerability exploits. To defend against these threats, it's critical that enterprises develop and deploy network security policies," said Mark Ungerman, director of product management at Symantec. "Symantec ESM simplifies the security policy set-up and installation process, and allows security administrators to swiftly assess and address potential weaknesses in their network security infrastructures."

With unparalleled performance and scalability, Symantec ESM provides centralized, automated and comprehensive security analysis of organizations' critical business applications and operating systems. Performing more than 2,000 different security and vulnerability checks, it offers accurate assessment on the broadest range of operating system platforms, including newly added support for Microsoft Windows 2003 and IBM iSeries (OS/400). By ensuring systems are being used in accordance to standards and patched according to policy, organizations can better understand their security and risk posture, use current security resources more effectively, and plan and prioritize for future security spending.

In addition, organizations can now holistically manage and measure compliance to one of the pre-defined industry best practice security policies from a central location. Symantec ESM offers policy compliance modules and sample baseline standards-based security policies for market leading database and Web server platforms to protect against known security vulnerabilities. It also includes industry standards and regulations capabilities, including ISO 17799 and Sans Top 20, and policies based on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

To ensure the most up-to-date protection and reduce total cost of ownership, Symantec ESM allows organizations to download the most current Security Updates through Symantec's LiveUpdate technology and deploy them enterprise-wide through the Symantec ESM console. Further, it is backed by Symantec Security Response, the world's leading Internet security research and support organization, which provides the latest security context and vulnerability information, signatures and event refinement rules to protect against today's ever-increasing threats.

Symantec ESM is a key component of the Symantec Security Management System, which is comprised of multiple components that can be purchased and deployed separately, but also integrate with one another to provide the right set of security management applications unique to individual business objectives. Other key components of the Symantec Security Management System include Symantec Incident Manager and Symantec Event Managers.

Availability
Symantec ESM is available through Symantec's worldwide network of value-added authorized resellers, distributors and systems integrators. Organizations can be connected with Symantec's resellers and distributors in their areas by visiting the Symantec Solution Provider locator at http://www.symantec.com/partners/partners_frames.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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