CUPERTINO, Calif. - April 1, 2004 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq:SYMC), the global leader in information security, today announced that the recipient of the second Symantec Fellowship has been named by Purdue University’s Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS). Through its University Research Program, Symantec now provides support for two graduate students pursuing studies in computer security at CERIAS.
Mr. Mahesh Tripunitara was awarded the fellowship at the annual CERIAS Spring Symposium held last week on the West Lafayette, Ind., campus of Purdue University. He joins Miss Abhilasha Bhargav, recipient of the first Symantec Fellowship that was awarded at last year’s Symposium. Mr. Tripunitara’s two-year term for the Fellowship will begin this Fall for the 2004-2005 school year. Each Symantec Fellowship provides up to $50,000 to cover the full tuition costs for two years and a stipend for a degree-seeking student enrolled at Purdue and working with CERIAS.
“By offering the Fellowship, Symantec calls attention to the fact that information security issues can not be solved by computer science and technology alone,” said Dr. Eugene Spafford, professor computer science and executive director of CERIAS at Purdue University. “We appreciate the faith Symantec has placed in CERIAS to act as a steward of the Fellowship. CERIAS is a world-class organization for research that attracts the finest students from around the world. It is entirely appropriate that we team with the world’s foremost information security partner to leverage our talent pool in a way that benefits both public and private entities to the fullest extent possible in terms of generating both research and personnel.”
“Symantec and CERIAS have enjoyed a long partnership together to study and examine the complex issues associated with information security,” said Wesley Higaki, director of Symantec’s University Research Program. “Chief among those issues is the lack of trained security experts. By working with us to address that shortage by hosting the Symantec Fellowship, CERIAS is demonstrating a unique ability by an academic research institution to work with an industry partner to generate solutions to ‘real world’ problems.”
Mr. Tripunitara was one of approximately 82 students who were accepted into the graduate program in Purdue’s School of Computer Science, out of more than 650 students who applied. He received a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, and a Master’s degree also in computer science from Purdue University. He returned to Purdue University and CERIAS in 2003 to resume his studies and is on track to complete his Ph.D. in computer science in May 2006.
The relationship between Purdue University and Symantec is a continuation of other efforts by Symantec’s University Research Program to support academic research of Internet security. Symantec is also a partner of Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab, a comprehensive research and education center established to create a partnership between academia, government and industry-based organizations to develop technologies and capabilities to enhance cyber security for home users and enterprises. In addition, Symantec is a sponsor of Stanford University’s Computer Forum. Finally, Symantec has provided funding and support to the University of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest university, for the establishment of an information security laboratory.
Symantec’s University Research Program was established to facilitate and coordinate Symantec’s involvement with universities that emphasize research and study in the Internet security field. Aside from monetary support through Fellowships, Symantec supports universities by offering corporate spokespersons for seminars and lectures to students and faculties. In addition, Symantec provides feedback on the research conducted by universities and input on areas that the industry deems important to help direct the focus of study by universities on Internet security issues.
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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