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Symantec Announces Second Fellowship at Purdue University for Information Security Research and Education

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Oct. 29, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq:SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced its second fellowship at Purdue University’s Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS). CERIAS, the world’s foremost university center for the multidisciplinary research and education in information security, is now accepting applications for the two-year Fellowship slated to begin in the fall of 2004.

The Symantec Fellowship Program, established in the fall of 2002, will provide up to $50,000 to cover tuition costs and a stipend for a degree-seeking student enrolled at Purdue and working with CERIAS. For additional information about the Fellowship and how to apply, students should visit The application deadline is set for Feb. 20, 2004. The recipient of the second Symantec Fellowship will be announced at the annual CERIAS Spring Symposium to be held March 23-24, 2004, on the West Lafayette, Ind., campus of Purdue University.

“We hope the success of the Fellowship will encourage other companies to follow Symantec’s lead and establish their own programs to further the study of information security,” said Dr. Eugene Spafford, professor and director of CERIAS at Purdue University. “Our relationship with Symantec illustrates the great strides that public and private partnerships can make in generating the intellectual capital needed to address current and future Internet security issues.”

“The need for trained Internet security personnel in the United States is quite real and is a priority for Symantec,” said Wesley Higaki, director of Symantec’s University Research Program. “The Symantec Fellowship at Purdue University is one avenue where we are focusing our resources to address our nation’s shortage of security experts, and we are pleased with the initial success of the program. CERIAS has high-quality research and education programs in the field of Internet security, and Symantec is proud to be a partner in the program’s growth.”

Symantec’s University Research Program was established to facilitate and coordinate Symantec’s involvement with universities that emphasize research and study in the Internet security field. Purdue is one of 50 universities in the United States that meet the criteria established by the National Colloquium for Information System Security Education (NCISSE) and the National Security Agency to be awarded the “Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education” designation.

Through the University Research Program, Symantec supports the study of Internet security and encourages other universities to expand their research programs. Aside from monetary support through fellowships, Symantec supports universities by offering corporate spokespersons for seminars and lectures to students and faculties. In addition, Symantec provides feedback on the research conducted by universities and input on areas that the industry deems important to help direct the focus of study by universities on Internet security issues.

The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University is generally viewed as the world's foremost university center for multidisciplinary research and education in information security, privacy and assurance. CERIAS works with businesses, government and other universities to bring attention to the problems associated with information security. CERIAS personnel pursue research in the areas of computer, network, communications security, and conduct a number of educational and outreach programs to increase the understanding of information assurance issues.

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