Press Release

LinkedIn Facebook Twitter RSS

Malaysian Government Appoints Symantec’s John W. Thompson to the International Advisory Board of Impact

MALAYSIA27 June, 2006 – The Malaysian government has invited John W. Thompson, Chairman and CEO of Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) to sit on the International Advisory Board of the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber-terrorism (IMPACT). IMPACT is a Malaysian-conceived international platform to allow governments of the world to exchange notes and ideas, and facilitate the sharing of skills and best practices to combat constantly evolving cyber threats.

Mr Eric Hoh, vice president, Symantec Asia South Region said, “IMPACT is an example of the type of public and private partnership that is needed to combat today’s cyber security threats. Today’s attacks require a proactive approach to security, and that includes developing a template for how government and business can coordinate efforts to build an infrastructure that offers individuals and organizations protection from cyber threats. Together with Ascendsys, a business partner of Symantec and IMPACT, we look forward to partnering with participating governments throughout the world to build a secure, resilient, infrastructure to protect individuals and businesses from today and tomorrow’s online attacks.”

Mr. Mohd Noor Amin, Chairman, Ascendsys said, “In today’s increasingly connected digital world, IMPACT is a ground-breaking initiative. For the first time, governments throughout the globe have a platform that will bring them together in achieving their common goal of a safe and secure cyber space. With leading technology companies joining hands with nations around the world in this pioneering alliance, we foresee IMPACT being the foremost global institution in the fight against cyber threats. As a leading security services organization, Ascendsys is honored to be given the trust to manage IMPACT’s facilities. We are pleased that Symantec - our trusted partner and the world’s leading IT security solutions company, is among the first private sector companies invited to participate in IMPACT. We are particularly delighted with John’s appointment to IMPACT’s inaugural International Advisory Board. Without doubt, John’s extensive experience and Symantec’s technological leadership will enhance IMPACT’s role as a formidable alliance against global cyber threats.”

John W. Thompson is chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Symantec Corporation. Under Thompson's leadership, Symantec has grown to be the market leader for security and availability solutions, helping customers protect and manage their rapidly growing digital assets. In September 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Thompson to the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee (NIAC), to make recommendations regarding the security of the critical infrastructure of the United States. In addition, Thompson has served as the chair of the Silicon Valley Blue Ribbon Task Force on Aviation Security and Technology to identify and evaluate technology-driven solutions to improve the security and efficiency of national and local aviation.

For over 20 years, Symantec has been protecting customers from threats, systems failures, data loss and disasters by protecting organizations’ infrastructure and information. Symantec pioneered the idea of protection, and is backed by the strength of its Global Intelligence Network which gathers data on emerging threats and new sources of risks. Symantec tracks vulnerabilities in more than 30,000 technologies, operating systems, and application product versions from more than 4,000 vendors. Tracking emerging threats with a network of more than 40,000 network sensors in 180 countries worldwide, Symantec scans more than 25 per cent of the world’s email and proactively measures and remediate deficiencies to help customers sustain control over their IT environment with our comprehensive threat management solutions.

In leading the fight against cyber threats across the globe, Symantec has been actively working with governments across the Asia Pacific region in strengthening the policy environment, securing the infrastructure, achieving greater international collaboration, as well as in raising public awareness on cyber security issues. Symantec’s participation in this initiative signals another important step towards the garnering of private and public resources in enhancing the security of the global cyber space.

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

About Ascendsys
Ascendsys is a leading international managed security services company. Headquartered in Malaysia, Ascendsys is committed in helping organizations and governments secure their information and the digital infrastructure. More information can be found at

NOTE TO EDITORS: If you would like additional information on Symantec Corporation and its products, please visit the Symantec News Room at All prices noted are in U.S. dollars and are valid only in the United States.

Symantec and the Symantec Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Symantec Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.