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Symantec Launches Integrated Worldwide Partner Program

Plans Five-Fold Increase in IT Infrastructure Investment for Partners

CUPERTINO, Calif. – March 13, 2006 – in history is a testament to Symantec’s commitment to its partners and our unswerving focus on delivering both the programs and infrastructure to help ensure our mutual success in the market,” said Julie Parrish, vice president, Symantec Global Channel Office. “Our partners are a valuable part of our company, and they are key to delivering value to customers. This first phase of the new partner program will provide partners with a simple, complete framework for doing business with Symantec.”

As Symantec’s first integrated extranet post merger, PartnerNet combines more than eight different sites into one unified Web portal, thus streamlining the process for partners to access a variety of online resources. In addition to viewing training programs, partners can review competitive information and utilize other online resources, including custom marketing, quote generator, and place orders for products, all with one password.

Deep Collaboration with Global Partners
Symantec engaged its partners throughout the integration process – starting in February 2005 – with formal surveys of VERITAS and Symantec partners. Symantec’s Global and Regional Partner Advisory Council members were key contributors to the development of the new partner program, offering interviews and reviews of the program’s design and implementation. Symantec will continue to employ partners throughout the multi-phased rollout, and on an ongoing basis following the launch, to further enhance the program and provide additional value to its partners.

“PCMS IT Advisor Group recognizes the tremendous value that Symantec’s new integrated partner program provides,” said Matt Scherocman, director, IT Advisor Group. “The unified portal enables us to be more efficient and simplifies the process of accessing important resources and information so we can focus more on our customers, ensuring their needs are met with industry leading solutions.”

“In order to maintain momentum for our partners and help them provide innovative security and availability solutions to their customers, Symantec has delivered more than 20 new products and acquired technologies, cross-selling product promotions, a combined deal registration, unified Web portal, and an integrated partner program – all with the input from our partners each step of the way,” said Parrish.

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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