CUPERTINO, Calif. - Jan. 26, 2004 - Symantec Corp., (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, and Tiscali, one of Europe's largest Internet communications companies, today announced a partnership that will deliver Internet security protection to Internet users across Europe. Symantec has developed a service that will enable Tiscali customers in Italy, France, Germany and the UK to use its market-leading range of Norton Internet security products by paying a subscription to Tiscali in conjunction with their monthly Internet usage fee. The service will appear on Tiscali's portals starting this month.
Tiscali customers will be able to select the Symantec product that best meets their needs from a list that includes Norton AntiVirus 2004, Norton Personal Firewall 2004 or Norton Internet Security 2004. These award-winning products offer users protection against a wide variety of Internet security threats. Norton AntiVirus 2004 is the world's most trusted antivirus solution, protecting users against viruses, worms, and Trojan horses as well as non-virus security hazards such as spyware. Norton Personal Firewall 2004 provides a full firewall, comprehensive privacy protection, program control, ad blocking, and a comprehensive intrusion detection system in one convenient product. Norton Internet Security 2004 is an easy-to-use and comprehensive security and privacy suite for home and small office PC users, featuring Symantec's best-of-breed antivirus, firewall, intrusion detection, privacy protection, spam filtering, and content filtering solutions in a single tightly integrated suite.
Customers are able to install the product they choose by downloading it from the Internet. There is no up-front charge for the software. Payment is a component of the monthly Internet subscription fee paid to Tiscali. With this service, end users will receive new versions of the Symantec products throughout the length of their subscription and will have immediate access to the latest virus definitions and other protection updates.
As part of the partnership, Symantec will support Tiscali in marketing the enhanced Internet security offering to its subscribers. Last year, the two companies announced the opening of Tiscali-branded online stores in Italy, the UK, France and Germany offering Symantec products.
"The Internet is a tremendous tool and enhances many peoples' lives. However, it has a dark side; users who do not observe basic Internet security practices risk exposure to various threats including viruses, Trojan horses, worms, theft of personal data, spam, or unwanted access to inappropriate content," says Giuseppe Verrini, Vice President Symantec Europe Middle East and Africa. "This partnership with Tiscali brings together two very strong brands for the benefit of Internet users."
"Users' protection and safety are Tiscali's absolute priorities. Various factors such as widespread spamming, the growth of always-on connections and the use of peer-to-peer applications can all contribute to making the user's system more vulnerable, increasing the possibilities of viruses and hacking attempts. Tiscali has always been involved in the promotion and distribution of Internet access in Europe and this commitment has meant a frontline role in the research for better solutions to the Net's problems. In Symantec, we have found the best possible partner to answer to one of the main requirements of our users: security", said Mario Mariani, Tiscali's Senior Vice President of Business Development.
This agreement is part of Tiscali's wider SECURITY program, launched at the beginning of last year with the introduction of Tiscali Secure Mail products. Tiscali Secure Mail offers end users protected inbound email service based on Symantec AntiVirus technology. First launched in Italy and then in the UK, Spain, Holland and soon also in Germany and France, this SECURITY program is rapidly developing to respond to the overriding protection requirement of users across Europe.
In addition, Symantec also announced that Tiscali is to install Symantec's enterprise-class antivirus solutions across its internal network of workstations and servers. Deployment of the Symantec solutions throughout Tiscali's European network has already started.
Tiscali S.p.A., (Nuovo Mercato, Milan: TIS, Nouveau Marché, Paris: 005773), is the Internet Communication Company providing access, content and business applications, as well as innovative communications services. As of September 30, 2003, Tiscali had 7.6 million active users of whom 602,000 were broadband customers.
Tiscali's corporate website can be found at www.tiscali.com.
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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