SINGAPORE -- 1 June, 2006 Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) has announced that its upcoming consumer PC security service will be branded Norton 360. The security service will include online identity theft protection, backup and PC tune-up capabilities. Norton 360, previously codenamed Genesis, is part of Symantec's broader vision for the next generation of online security, coined Security 2.0.
"Online threats are sophisticated and rapidly changing. We're committed to staying ahead of those threats and keeping consumers safe," said Enrique Salem, senior vice president, consumer products and solutions, Symantec Corp. "Today's consumers want a simple solution that keeps them safe online, without having to decipher technical jargon or keep track of back-ups. They just want assurance that their information and activities are safe. That's what Norton 360 will do."
Norton 360 will integrate Symantec's proven, industry-leading PC security and tune-up technologies with newly acquired and newly developed technology. Norton 360 will be delivered as an all-in-one service, with automatically installed updates. The service will provide data protection through automated online back-up and online transaction security, where new tools will help protect consumers from phishing scams and crimeware.
The beta program will begin with a managed beta and will then enter public beta in the summer. The beta program, which will include email and chat support, will provide Symantec with overall user feedback and specific testing of the new online transaction security functionality. The company is also inviting customers to sign up now for early registration in the public beta at http://www.symantec.com/norton360betaprereg.
Norton 360 is expected to launch by the end of Symantec's fiscal year, with the specific launch timing to be determined based on customer feedback during the beta program. The service will launch with worldwide availability in multiple languages and countries. It will provide security protection for both the Windows XP and the upcoming Windows Vista operating system when it is available.
Norton 360 will be ideal for today's digital families who are using the Internet for activities ranging from electronic bill payment to instant messaging, and who are amassing irreplaceable digital files of their photos, music and more. The Norton 360 name reinforces that the service will provide a full circle of protection against a full circle of threats.
The Norton 360 service will be backed by Symantec's unmatched security knowledge and assets, including the company's vast Global Intelligence Network with 40,000 DeepSight sensors across 180 countries. Norton 360 will also take advantage of the newly announced Symantec Phish Report Network to protect consumers against fraudulent websites.
"Consumer trust and confidence have been eroding due to the increasing criminal activity in online environments," said Christian A. Christiansen, IDC VP of Security Products & Services. "Consumers want protection of their financial data and their digital memories, and they want to safely interact and transact online. Symantec can help consumers regain their confidence in the online world."
Norton 360 begins to deliver on the company's vision for securing increasingly sensitive online consumer interactions, such as financial transactions and instant messaging, as well as increasingly malicious threats and crimeware. Security 2.0 entails delivering end-to-end security for consumers, establishing trust and building confidence online. Symantec will deliver on this vision now and over the next several years via a combination of consumer client-side technologies, online infrastructure and key partnerships.
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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