CUPERTINO, Calif. - March 30, 2004 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the global leader in information security, today announced that UnumProvident Corp. (NYSE: UNM) has selected Symantec Managed Security Services for 24x7 monitoring and management of its cyber infrastructure. UnumProvident’s use of Symantec Managed Security Services complements its existing deployment of Symantec and other third-party vendors’ enterprise security solutions at the desktop, server, and gateway levels, simplifying the administration of its security network and reducing the overall cost of ownership.
UnumProvident is the leading provider of disability income protection insurance, insuring more than 25 million people around the world. UnumProvident continues to expand its e-commerce offerings as part of its commitment toward providing enhanced customer services. But with this increased reliance on electronic commerce, the company wanted to ensure that its customer and company information remained secure.
As a Symantec Managed Security Services (MSS) customer, UnumProvident will receive a unique global perspective of the security landscape and real-time, 24x7 security network monitoring support from Symantec security experts around the world. By offering vendor neutrality across a range of platforms, Symantec Managed Security Services strengthens UnumProvident’s security infrastructure while maximizing its return on existing investments.
“Security breaches and unauthorized disclosure of information on our network are liabilities we simply can’t afford,” said Lynda Fleury, chief information security officer for UnumProvident. “By partnering with an industry leader such as Symantec for around-the-clock management of our security posture, UnumProvident is demonstrating its commitment to protect our customers’ information while also lowering our own exposure to security-related liabilities. Symantec MSS simplifies the management of our security network, freeing up valuable IT resources, and ultimately providing our customers with a greater confidence when conducting business with us online.”
“Today’s Internet security threats can occur and render considerable damage within a very short timeframe,” said Grant Geyer, vice president of Symantec Managed Security Services. “As a result, response time is critical, and corporations realize the benefits of partnering with security specialists to stay ahead of evolving threats. Symantec’s global intelligence perspective and network of secure operation centers gives us a significant advantage for notifying our customers in advance of potential threats, so we can recommend solutions and implement a customized protection plan as soon as possible.”
In addition to signing on as a Symantec Managed Security Services customer, UnumProvident already protects against cyber attacks with Symantec antivirus solutions at the desktop, server, and gateway. The company also has deployed Symantec Ghost, a comprehensive enterprise tool for OS deployment, software distribution, back-up, and disaster recovery as well as pcAnywhere, the world's leading remote control solution.
Symantec Managed Security Services
Part of Symantec's Enterprise Security Services, Symantec Managed Security Services leverages global intelligence to offer fast and accurate analysis of security data to protect customers against emerging threats and reduce overall security risk. Its 24x7 real-time services enhance an organization's information security posture through continuous monitoring and management, expert analysis, and immediate response to potential security threats. In addition, Symantec's Security Operations Centers have been fully audited and certified by independent third parties to meet industry-leading standards including BS7799 certification and SAS70 Type II attestation. For more information, please visit http://enterprisesecurity.symantec.com/SecurityServices/.
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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