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Symantec Introduces Hosted Mail Security Solution Designed To Filter Spam And Virus Threats From Email Traffic

Symantec's Market-Leading Email Security Solutions Now Include A Hosted Offering In Addition To Software And Appliance Solutions For Maximum Deployment Flexibility

CUPERTINO, Calif. - March 23, 2005 - Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), the global leader in information security, today announced the availability of Symantec Hosted Mail Security. Intended to reduce the burden faced by many IT organizations associated with increasing costs and difficulty maintaining on-site solutions, Symantec Hosted Mail Security provides comprehensive protection against spam, viruses and other unwanted content for inbound and outbound Internet email traffic. Symantec Hosted Mail Security is the third essential form factor that completes Symantec's Mail Security offering and gives customers a broad set of robust deployment options including server-software, pre-configured appliances and now a hosted solution to help address their email security needs.

Symantec Hosted Mail Security incorporates Symantec's market-leading anti-spam and antivirus technologies, backed by Symantec Security Response, in a hosted environment. The solution delivers customer confidence for the most effective spam volume reduction and accurate threat protection of business-critical email without requiring on-site hardware or ongoing administration. Symantec Hosted Mail Security reduces the load on internal mail systems by filtering spam and malicious email content before it reaches a customer's network.

"Multiple threat defenses, such as anti-spam, antivirus and content filtering, combined with the easy management and deployment benefits inherent in a hosted solution, dramatically reduces the total cost of ownership associated with email security, " said Enrique Salem, senior vice president, security products and solutions, Symantec Corp. "Backed by the industry's leading information security vendor, Symantec Hosted Mail Security provides costs savings that can be measured in terms of reduced hardware, network bandwidth and administrator resources."

Symantec Hosted Mail Security provides flexible, policy-based filtering controls for attachment blocking, subject and message body filtering and encrypted file handling to protect against zero-day attacks and prevent the loss of confidential data. The content compliance functionality makes it easy for organizations to control sensitive email content and enforce corporate email policies, reduce legal liability and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

For many organizations, the growing spam problem is one of the most pressing issues faced today. Symantec Hosted Mail Security includes Symantec Brightmail AntiSpam technology that leverages more than 20 spam protection techniques, delivering antispam effectiveness rates of 95% and the industry's highest accuracy rate (99.9999%) against false positives (legitimate email getting categorized as spam). Symantec's global Brightmail Logistics Operations Centers (BLOC) analyze spam across the globe and provide secure, automatic spam filter updates every 10 minutes to help thwart attacks.

Today, the majority of malicious code still enters an organization through email, thus it is critical that a best-of-breed email security solution provides strong antivirus capabilities. Symantec Hosted Mail Security incorporates award-winning Symantec AntiVirus technologies to provide real-time protection against email-borne threats. Customers benefit from the global expertise of Symantec Security Response - receiving the latest security updates and information available.

Symantec Hosted Mail Security also offers a secure, Web-based administrative console that enables administrators to remotely establish and manage spam, virus and filtering policies, perform user and domain administration, and run multiple detailed activity reports.

End-users are also able to manage quarantine and spam policies from a simple, Web-based interface or via automated email digest reports. By customizing individual block and allow lists, end-users are able to specify email addresses that will always be blocked as well as designate senders who are allowed to bypass antispam filtering.

Symantec Hosted Mail Security is the latest addition to the Symantec Mail Security enterprise solution family, which now includes perimeter-based solutions Symantec Mail Security 8100 and Symantec Mail Security 8200 in appliance form factors, gateway-based Symantec Brightmail AntiSpam and Symantec Mail Security for SMTP in software form factors, as well as groupware protection solutions Symantec Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange and Domino.

Symantec Security Response
Symantec Hosted Mail Security is backed by Symantec Security Response. Part of the Symantec Global Services and Support organization, Symantec Security Response experts work to protect enterprise businesses and consumers from the latest security threats. Symantec Security Response, a team of dedicated intrusion experts, security engineers, virus hunters, and global technical support teams, provides customers with comprehensive, global, 24x7 Internet security expertise to guard against today's complex Internet threats.

Licensing and Availability
Symantec Hosted Mail Security is licensed on a per-user/per-year subscription model. Symantec Hosted Mail Security is available through Symantec's North American network of value-added resellers, distributors and systems integrators. Organizations seeking a reseller or distributor should contact Symantec at http://enterprisesecurity.symantec.com.

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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