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Symantec Announces Graduate Fellowship Recipients

Program enables award winners to mentor under top industry researchers

CUPERTINO, Calif. – June 4, 2008 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced the recipients of its Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to exceptional graduate students who demonstrate a desire to work in laboratory research in the information technology industry and to those investigating innovative solutions to real-world problems in information security, storage and systems management. After an extensive selection process, the Symantec Research Labs team has identified Polo Chau and Junghee Lim to receive full one-year fellowships covering 100 percent of tuition and fees, along with a competitive stipend to fund ongoing research in their respective areas of expertise.


Symantec’s Graduate Fellowship program will pair Chau and Lim with mentors from Symantec Research Labs. The mentor is a top researcher who can provide ongoing technical guidance on the recipient’s research during their graduate training as well as during summer internships at Symantec. To enhance their research efforts, Chau and Lim will also be able to leverage Symantec’s extensive Global Intelligence Network, which monitors Internet activity across 180 countries.


“Symantec is committed to helping future generations excel in technology,” said Darren Shou, senior manager of the Symantec Research Labs University Research Program. “We support the most promising student researchers in their efforts to combat challenges across the security, storage and systems management landscape.”


Polo Chau is a doctoral candidate in computer science at Carnegie Mellon. Chau is working on novel machine learning techniques for computer security. Using data mining techniques and graphs for capturing important connections among entities, his technology detects suspicious patterns that indicate fraudsters and accomplices. This technology promises to help proactively protect computer users from many classes of online fraud.


Junghee Lim is a doctoral candidate in computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lim’s research is focused on detecting malicious code by verifying that programs exhibit only safe behavior. By developing a tool to generate static analyses for application binaries and a language for the semantics of instruction sets, her technology opens up new directions in computer security analysis.


The University Research Program of Symantec Research Labs connects Symantec to the latest research in software development and to leading professors and students at U.S. universities. The group’s goals include helping to recruit top Ph.D. students to the company to cultivate the next generation of technical leadership, bringing researchers to Symantec to talk about their work to inspire technological innovation, and encouraging and funding university research in areas of Symantec’s interest for longer term commercialization.


The University Research Program funds research centers at universities across the nation. These funding efforts support technology research across a number of key areas for the company, including security, storage, and even consumer software user interface design.

 

About Symantec Research Labs

As Symantec’s research organization, Symantec Research Labs ensures the company’s long-term leadership through innovation, generation of new ideas and development of next-generation technologies. Projects include both long-term investigations and shorter term innovations that provide immediate benefit to customers across all of Symantec’s businesses. Past commercialized technologies from Symantec Research Labs include the company’s first antispam technology, generic exploit blocking technology to proactively stop fast-spreading network threats, technology to improve the performance of Symantec’s backup products, and technology to help protect our nation’s critical infrastructure. Symantec Research Labs also works on projects in collaboration with external organizations, including customers, government agencies and universities.

 

About Symantec

Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help businesses and consumers secure and manage 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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