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Symantec and Sun Microsystems Protect Against "Zero-Day" Attacks with Launch of Enhanced iForce™ Intrusion Detection Appliance

Symantec ManHunt 3.0 on Sun Fire™ V60x Server Protects Enterprises Against Known and Unknown Attacks

CUPERTINO and SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Oct. 29, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), and Sun Microsystems, Inc., today announced the release of the enhanced iForce™ Intrusion Detection (IDS) Appliance, Powered by Sun and Symantec. A complete high-speed network intrusion detection appliance, the solution extends the network's defense against today's attacks, which can cause organizations significant damage and cost millions of dollars in lost revenue.

The iForce IDS Appliance is an advanced network IDS appliance that combines Symantec ManHunt 3.0 with the uncompromising Sun Fire V60x™ server running on a hardened version of the Solaris™ Operating System, x86 Platform Edition. The system provides flexible deployment options by monitoring up to 2 gigabits per second on copper- or fiber-based networks.

"The iForce IDS Appliance demonstrates our commitment to providing an uncompromising, high-speed IDS appliance that protects critical information infrastructures," said Sandeep Kumar, director of product management at Symantec. "Symantec ManHunt also integrates with other Symantec Intrusion Protection solutions, which includes Symantec Host IDS and Symantec Decoy Server, to secure each layer of the network infrastructure."

"The Sun Fire V60x system, running on the Solaris OS x86 Platform Edition, provides enterprise-class security and availability to the iForce IDS Appliance," said Manish Bhuptani, senior director of Network Services Market Development at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Working with Symantec, we can provide our joint customers with a pre-tested, configured appliance that helps them secure their network infrastructure at a low cost."

The iForce IDS Appliance offers other valuable capabilities and features that make it easy for customers to install and manage a complete integrated solution, including:

  • Ultra High Speed Intrusion Detection - A 1U intrusion protection solution that monitors network environments at speeds of up to 2 Gigabits per second, dependent on configuration.
  • Comprehensive Intrusion Detection - Symantec ManHunt 3.0 software protects users from known and unknown (or "zero-day") attacks using its unique hybrid detection architecture, which combines protocol anomaly detection, signature detection, denial-of-service and scan detection, and IDS evasion detection to accurately and effectively identify attacks.
  • Multi-Interface Monitoring - Provides multiple monitoring interfaces, even on the 100 Mbps model.
  • Greater Performance - The new Sun Fire V60x server provides better performance.
  • Ease of Deployment and Management - Easy to deploy locally and remotely, the appliance can be shipped to a remote site and securely administrated through a centralized management console.

In addition, the iForce IDS Appliance is backed by Symantec Security Response, the world's leading Internet security response team. Symantec Security Response works around the clock to understand and research security threats, and provides security updates and the latest security context information including exploit and vulnerability information, event descriptions and event refinement tools.

Availability and Support
The iForce IDS Appliance features seven models with varying bandwidth protection to address a wide range of enterprise requirements, starting at a suggested price of $12,500. All seven models - 100Mbps, 200Mbps, 500Mbps, 1Gbps fiber, 2Gbps fiber, 1Gbps copper and 2Gbps copper are available and supported in North America through Arrow Electronics' MOCA division and sold to authorized resellers. Please visit http://www.symantec.com/partners/technologypartners/alliance.html for more information.

About Symantec ManHunt
Symantec ManHunt is a network intrusion protection solution that monitors network traffic at speeds of up to two gigabits per second on up to six-gigabit interfaces, dependent upon system configuration. Its multi-layered detection architecture combines protocol anomaly detection, signature detection, denial-of-service and scan detection, and IDS evasion detection to accurately and effectively identify attacks. It also offers a state-of-the-art analysis and correlation engine that filters out redundant data and analyzes only relevant information, providing attack awareness without the data overload.

About the Solaris Operating System
The Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) is the premiere OS for the enterprise. With over 300 new features, the Solaris 9 OS is the most scalable, available, manageable and secure services platform for the networked world. By focusing on industry standards, the Internet, innovation and integration, the Solaris 9 OS delivers a documented lower cost of operation. The Solaris OS is the leading UNIX[r] platform operating system with Sun servers owning 54 percent worldwide UNIX market share in shipments and 34 percent worldwide UNIX revenue share, according to Gartner Dataquest's 3Q02 Servers Quarterly Statistics.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision-"The Network Is The Computer[tm]"-has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://www.sun.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.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, iForce, Sun Fire, Solaris and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, exclusively licensed through X/Open Company, Ltd.

Symantec and the Symantec logo are trademarks or registered trademarks, in the United States and certain other countries, of Symantec Corporation. Additional company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of the individual companies and are respectfully acknowledged.

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