Norton AntiVirus to be used by Bell Atlantic under Multi-Year Contract with
-- Bell Atlantic Migrates More than 70,000 Nodes Worldwide --
CUPERTINO, Calif. - July 15, 1998 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in
utility software for business and personal computing, today announced that Bell Atlantic Network
Services, Inc., premier provider of advanced wireline voice and data services and market leader in
wireless services, has a multi-year contract to use Norton AntiVirus. The company plans to migrate
more than 37,000 nodes to the Norton AntiVirus Solution Suite from IBM AntiVirus. In addition, Bell
Atlantic has upgraded more than 35,000 nodes using Norton AntiVirus for the desktop to the Norton
AntiVirus Solution Suite.
On May 19, Symantec and IBM announced a partnership to deliver a single family of anti-virus
products that will be marketed under the Norton AntiVirus brand name. In addition, Symantec will
license IBM's immune system technology and patents and will combine it with its own technology
to produce a range of products, including new solutions to support IBM platforms. As part of the
agreement, IBM has also assigned its existing anti-virus customer and OEM contracts to Symantec and
will recommend Norton AntiVirus to its customers worldwide as the anti-virus solution of choice.
"This is evidence that IBM's customers are converting to Norton AntiVirus and that
Symantec is fully committed to meeting all the needs of those customers. IBM chose Symantec because
of their confidence in our ability to do so," said Enrique Salem, vice president of
Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "Symantec understands the challenges
IBM's customers face in making the transition to Norton AntiVirus and we are providing
comprehensive solutions to support global companies like Bell Atlantic. Symantec's global
strategy and robust multi-tier solution is representative of our serious commitment toward providing
maximum virus protection that will help our new corporate customers remain productive and keep their
computers safe and reliable at all times."
Symantec and IBM have communicated a transition program to help customers move to Norton AntiVirus.
This includes a conversion software program, which can be deployed to uninstall IBM's
anti-virus software and install Norton AntiVirus. There is no charge for customers to migrate to
Norton AntiVirus and information packs including current versions of the Norton AntiVirus family of
products have been sent to current IBM AntiVirus subscription customers.
The Norton AntiVirus product line includes a multi-tier strategy that integrates a powerful
anti-virus solution at the desktops, servers, Internet e-mail gateways and firewalls to provide
users with the most comprehensive virus detection and repair. The products provide users the
security of knowing they have the most complete protection available, whether downloading files from
the Internet, opening e-mail attachments or accessing floppy disks. Norton AntiVirus was reported
to have provided users with 100 percent detection and repair of in-the-wild viruses, according to
recent Virus Bulletin tests. In addition, Norton AntiVirus users receive cutting-edge protection
against unknown file, boot and macro viruses with Symantec's revolutionary Bloodhound heuristic
technology, which analyzes programs, detects unknown or new viruses, and enables the user to repair
the infected file immediately. Users are also protected against other forms of malicious code
including Trojan Horses, and malicious Java and ActiveX.
Symantec AntiVirus Research Center
All Norton AntiVirus products are backed by the worldwide
research and support capabilities of the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center. SARC is the
industry's largest dedicated team of virus experts. With offices located in the United States,
Japan, Australia, and the Netherlands, the sun never sets on SARC. The center's mission is to
provide swift, global responses to computer virus threats, proactively research and develop
technologies that eliminate such threats, and educate the public on safe computing practices. As new
computer viruses appear, SARC develops identification and detection for these viruses, and provides
either a repair or delete operation, thus keeping users protected against the latest virus threats.
Symantec is the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing.
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safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions
and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand
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