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Symantec Announces Participation in Cisco's Network Admission Control Program

Symantec Teams with Cisco to Create Interoperability Between Its Leading Anti-Virus Software and Cisco's Network Admission Control Program

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Nov. 18, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), today announced that it has joined forces with Cisco Systems to provide solutions that restrict network access to only compliant and trusted client machines including personal computers and PDAs. With the implementation of Cisco System's Network Admission Control (NAC) program, Symantec and Cisco are working together to help address the soaring remediation costs resulting from malicious threats entering enterprise networks.

IT administrators utilizing Cisco's NAC and Symantec technology will have the ability to set admission control policies that include consideration of the security posture of the client machines attempting to attach to the network. Out-of-compliance machines may be denied access, quarantined, or sent to a separate location for remediation, while machines in compliance with the organizations' set policies will be granted access to the network.

"We are pleased that Symantec is participating in this collaborative program," said Charlie Giancarlo, senior vice president and general manager of product development at Cisco Systems, Inc. "By working together, we will be able to respond with enterprise security solutions that address the pressing issues our mutual customers are facing daily."

Cisco's NAC software enables Symantec's enterprise client security solutions to communicate security information, such as its current anti-virus state or firewall protection, to a Cisco network when the client machine initiates network access.

"Symantec is dedicated to working with industry leaders to provide the most comprehensive security solutions available to combat today's blended threats," said Gail Hamilton, executive vice president, product delivery and response at Symantec. "Symantec's collaboration with Cisco supports Symantec's extensive client compliancy initiative designed to promote the enforcement of remote and mobile client security policies."

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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