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Oracle Joins Symantec Technology Partner Program

Oracle® Collaboration Suite 2.0 Certified Interoperable with Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Dec. 16, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that Oracle® Collaboration Suite 2.0 has been certified by Symantec to be interoperable with the Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine. Utilizing development tools available within the Symantec Technology Partner Program, Oracle developed an interface to the Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine that better enables email messages passing through Oracle Collaboration Suite to be automatically scanned for viruses.

Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine detects and protects against viruses, worms, and Trojan horses in all major file types, including mobile code and compressed file formats. Employing award-winning Symantec technologies that are optimized for speed, the Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine imposes minimal resource demands on Oracle Collaboration Suite and can be installed on the same Solaris or Red Hat Linux server as Oracle Collaboration Suite or over the network on a separate Solaris, Red Hat or Windows 2000 Server.

"Protecting email servers from malicious threats provides the enterprise with a first line of defense against malicious attacks," said Greg Gotta, vice president, gateway and network security at Symantec. "The Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine enables flexible, high performance integration of industry-leading virus protection to help prevent the spread of viruses within the corporate network."

"Oracle is committed to providing customers with effective security solutions," said Sunir Kapoor, vice president of development, Oracle Collaboration Suite. "The Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine and Oracle Collaboration Suite provides customers with the industry's most secure platform for their collaborative enterprise environments."

Oracle Collaboration Suite
Oracle Collaboration Suite leverages a relational database to offer a secure, reliable and scalable way to simplify business communications and consolidate information - reducing hardware, software and administration costs. Leveraging the Oracle Database and Oracle Application Server infrastructure, Oracle Collaboration Suite offers customers a suite of enterprise-class messaging and collaboration applications that enables organizations to reduce total cost of ownership while increasing user productivity. It provides users with access to integrated email, voicemail, calendaring, file sharing and search capabilities from popular desktop clients such as Microsoft Outlook, Web browsers and a wide range of wireless devices including PDAs and cell phones.

Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine
Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine provides fast, scalable, and reliable virus protection for traffic served through, or stored on, network infrastructure devices. Employing award-winning Symantec antivirus technologies optimized for high performance and rapid deployment, the solution is easily integrated into server software applications and networking systems through support for the ICAP protocol.

Symantec Technology Partner Program
The Symantec Technology Partner Program establishes standards for how diverse security and infrastructure products from multiple vendors can work together with Symantec technologies to simplify complex enterprise networks for joint customers. Qualified partner products can be integrated with Symantec's industry-leading security solutions and Symantec Enterprise Security Architecture, which provides a standards-based interoperability framework for Symantec and third-party solutions to work together to provide secure, manageable and scalable enterprise security.

The Technology Partner Program offers comprehensive integration tools, development support, joint sales and marketing resources and product certification. Partners whose solutions meet Symantec's established criteria for interoperability earn the use of applicable Symantec certification logos. Detailed information on the program procedures, requirements and benefits can be found at www.symantec.com/technologypartners.

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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