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Symantec and Message Systems Join Forces to Develop Next Generation Security and Messaging Solutions

Industry leaders release first joint solution for communication service providers

Columbia, MD and Mountain View, CA – December 17, 2009 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) and Message Systems announced today a joint initiative, Service Provider Next Gen, under their strategic partnership. The objective of the Service Provider Next Gen Initiative is to combine best of breed products and services from the two companies to provide a superior suite of message security, management and other business solutions for telcos, ISPs, hosting companies and other service providers. Through integrated technology, service and support, Symantec and Message Systems are planning to offer service providers a better way to achieve their business objectives and post higher financial returns as well as streamlined access so those benefits accrue faster.


As part of this announcement, Symantec and Message Systems are also releasing their first solution under the Service Provider Next Gen initiative – combining Brightmail™ and Momentum™ at the edge of the network. Brightmail in combination with Momentum offers an integrated solution that combines the Symantec Brightmail Message Filter and Symantec Brightmail Traffic Shaper products with Message Systems’ Momentum platform. It offers optimal message filtering and management results with higher financial return and lower cost of ownership.


“Service providers are struggling to simultaneously manage the increasing volume and complexity of the digital messages they process while fending off ever-changing threats to their networks and customers and competitive challenges to their business models,” said Art Gilliland, vice president, product management, Enterprise Security Group, Symantec. “Through the joint initiative with Message Systems, we can build a suite of solutions that address these challenges, starting with combining Brightmail and Momentum in a way that optimizes the technical strengths of both companies.”


Combining Brightmail with Momentum offers a comprehensive and efficient edge solution powered by one of the most sophisticated message management platform on the market. Specific capabilities include:

  • Better decision-making through shared intelligence from other networks and data sources
  • Lower costs, greater efficiency via connection/bandwidth management
  • Advanced content filtering for reliable detection of sophisticated threats
  • Simplified management and solid business continuity

In addition to offering this powerful product combination today, the two companies will bundle other products and services under the Service Provider Next Gen initiative to address the broader business needs of service providers in 2010.


“The Symantec/Message Systems partnership represents the convergence of two technology leaders with a shared vision for the future of digital messaging,” said David Harvey, vice president of business development and partners for Message Systems. “Together, Symantec and Message Systems have enormous resources for technical and product innovation, and we’ve joined forces to achieve our vision and meet the needs of service providers for innovative solutions and superior service quality on a global basis.”


About Symantec

Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world. Our software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored. More information is available at www.symantec.com.


About Message Systems

Founded in 1997, Message Systems is a worldwide provider of message management solutions and services for email service providers (ESPs), Internet service providers (ISPs), social networks and large enterprises that need to manage large volumes of business-critical email. Through a combination of technology, partnerships and intellectual capital, Message Systems offers a family of software solutions and services that address the email infrastructure and deliverability needs for organizations ranging from e-commerce companies to the Global 2000. With the most powerful message management platform on the market, Message Systems gets billions of unique messages to the right place at the right time every day. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Message Systems has a network of channel partners in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information, go to http://www.messagesystems.com or call 877.887.3031


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Forward-looking Statements: Any forward-looking indication of plans for products is preliminary and all future release dates are tentative and are subject to change. Any future release of the product or planned modifications to product capability, functionality, or feature are subject to ongoing evaluation by Symantec, and may or may not be implemented and should not be considered firm commitments by Symantec and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions.


Contacts:

Leslie Johnson
Atomic PR
+1 (415) 402-0230
leslie.johnson@atomicpr.com


Pamela Reese
Symantec Corp.
+1 (424) 750-7858
pamela_reese@symantec.com

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