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Symantec Adopts Certification Authority Browser Forum Guidelines

Industry Standards Increase SSL Security, User Protection and Trust Against Cyber Threats


SYDNEY – July 10, 2012 – Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced it has adopted the Certification Authority Browser (CA/B) Forum Baseline Requirements. As the largest issuer of SSL certificates worldwide and an active member of the CA/B Forum, Symantec has driven and adopted the Baseline Requirements to further strengthen the security around SSL operations and authentication processes for greater protection and trust in online transactions.


The requirements include enforcing more stringent verification of identity and guidelines on certificate content and profiles, CA security, revocation mechanisms, use of algorithms and key sizes, audit requirements, liability, privacy and confidentiality and delegation (including external sub-CAs and registration authorities). Released by the CA/B Forum in December 2011, the Baseline Requirements represent the first time Organizational Validation (OV) and Domain Validated (DV) certificates have a defined standard.


The CA/B Forum Baseline Requirements which help minimise risk, increase user confidence and trust, raise all CAs to a higher level of standard and authentication security. Through its adoption of the Forum's Baseline Requirements, Symantec is demonstrating its commitment and dedication to the CA community while providing customers and partners with enhanced protection of their operations, reputation and customer relationships.


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"Planning for and adopting these new global standards have been a top priority for Symantec since their release," said Fran Rosch, vice president, Identity and Authentication Services, Symantec. "With the recent breaches of CAs, it has become imperative that an industry-wide standard be set and enforced to provide the highest level of protection for businesses and websites. We fully support this initiative, and will be helping to move it forward."


As the world's largest information security provider, Symantec continues to innovate around security best practices. The CA/B Forum Baseline Requirements are a move in the right direction towards improved industry standards and increased security for internet users worldwide. For more information on SSL certificates and Symantec Website Security Solutions, please visit Symantec.com.


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