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South Dakota Standardizes on Symantec for Statewide Protection

Symantec AntiVirus Shields Expanding Infrastructure Through Enterprise License Agreement

CUPERTINO, Calif. - March 25, 2004 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in information security, today announced that the state of South Dakota has selected Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition to protect its cyber infrastructure from malicious code threats.

Under the terms of a three-year enterprise license agreement, South Dakota is utilizing Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition to protect more than 65,000 servers and desktops. Utilizing Symantec's central management console, South Dakota IT authorities administer a statewide malicious code defense spanning all state government agencies. The enterprise agreement also includes South Dakota's K-12 school districts, higher education institutions and technical schools, where Symantec AntiVirus prevents malicious code threats such as Trojan horses and computer worms from compromising sensitive data, co-opting IT assets, and opening networks to future intrusions and abuse.

"Protecting our statewide networks requires a standardized, enterprise-wide approach where every connected device in each department is equipped with a proven malicious code defense," said Pat Snow, integration team manager for the state of South Dakota. "As we continually expand the reach and capabilities of our networks, this agreement allows us to quickly scale our security in a streamlined, cost-efficient manner."

"Malicious code threats are demonstrating increased sophistication and propagating rapidly across the globe to present one of the most significant challenges to states' information security postures," said Glenn Taylor, Symantec's director of state and local government, hospital and academic programs. "By driving security awareness and standardizing on proven security tools backed by a trusted and capable partner, South Dakota demonstrates a proactive posture for mitigating malicious code risks."

Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition offers centralized policy management with scalable, cross-platform virus protection for workstations and network servers throughout the enterprise. To maximize uptime and minimize the cost of ownership, its unique NAVEX and Digital Immune System technologies provide fast, reliable, and hands-free virus detection, analysis, and repairs via automated submission and response mechanisms.

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