ABOUT SYMANTEC

Press Release

LinkedIn Facebook Twitter RSS

VISA Joins Forces with Symantec to Help Protect Its Asia Pacific Small Business Customers from Internet Security Threats

SINGAPORE -- 20 April 2006 -- Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced a partnership with Visa International Asia Pacific to offer promotional business packages for Symantec’s award-winning small business Internet security solutions to VISA Business and Corporate cardholders in Singapore.

As more small businesses are increasingly relying on the Internet for online banking, email correspondence with their customers and partners the need for online security has never been greater. According to the latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report Volume 9 (June 2005 – Dec 2005), the percentage of malicious code that threatens confidential information rose from 74% in the previous period to 80% in the current period.

As the leading organisations in Internet security software solutions and electronic payments respectively, Symantec and VISA are offering a solution for small businesses to ensure their information is secure when transacting online.

“Symantec is pleased to work with VISA to offer their small business customers our range of leading Internet security solutions. Many online threats are motivated by profit with ever high instances of identity theft, extortion, and fraud,” said Edward Lim, General Manager, Symantec Singapore. “Small businesses need to be diligent in keeping their systems up-to-date with the latest security patches and solutions. Symantec is committed to helping its customers ensure that their data and information remains secure and protected no matter what happens.”

Michael Cannon, General Manager, Commercial Solutions, Visa Asia Pacific welcomes the joint promotion. “This partnership with Symantec is part of Visa Commercial’s effort to provide solutions to cater to small businesses’ growing needs. Internet security is as much an IT issue as a business issue today and we are pleased to be able to jointly offer leading-edge solutions by Symantec to our Business & Corporate card holders.”

Under the terms of the joint promotion, VISA Business & Corporate card holders have until December 31, 2006 to purchase Symantec Client Security 3.0 Small Business Pack through authorized partners in Singapore, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Symantec Client Security 3.0 Small Business Pack includes 5-user, 10-user, and 25-user packs.

For more information on this offer, please visit http://www.symantec.com/region/sg/promo/visa/

About Symantec Client Security
Symantec Client Security proactively protects the enterprise from spyware and emerging blended threats. The solution automatically detects and repairs the effects of spyware, adware, viruses, and other malicious intrusions in real time to help keep systems safe. Generic Exploit Blocking enhances intrusion prevention capabilities, resulting in reduced time-to-protection after vulnerability announcements. Firewall configurations are optimized to minimize set-up efforts while stopping the majority of threats. Simplified management of integrated antivirus, firewall, and intrusion prevention technologies through a central console allows organizations to maintain control of client systems, minimize productivity disruptions, and enhance client security.

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.

About Visa: Visa connects cardholders, merchants and financial institutions through the world’s largest electronic payments network. Visa products allow buyers and sellers to conduct commerce with ease and confidence in both the physical and virtual worlds. As an association owned by 21,000 member financial institutions, Visa is committed to the sustained growth of electronic payment systems to support the needs of all stakeholders and to drive economic growth. For more information, visit www.corporate.visa.com.

About Visa Asia Pacific: In Asia Pacific, Visa has a greater market share than all other payment card brands combined with 62 percent of all card purchases at the point of sale being made using Visa cards. There are currently 277 million Visa-branded cards in the region. For the 12 months ended December 2005, US$579 billion was spent at point of sale or withdrawn from ATMs in Asia Pacific using Visa cards. Visa Asia Pacific's internet address is www.visa-asia.com.

NOTE TO EDITORS: If you would like additional information on Symantec Corporation and its products, please visit the Symantec News Rooms at http://www.symantec.com/news. All prices noted are in US dollars and are valid only in the United States.”

Symantec, the Symantec logo, VERITAS, and the VERITAS logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Symantec Corporation or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. Additional company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of the individual companies and are respectfully acknowledged.

@Symantec