3M Protects 48,000-Node Enterprise With Norton AntiVirus
Norton AntiVirus Provides Protection Every Possible Virus Entry Point
Cupertino, Calif --October 21, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:
SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal
computing, today announced that 3M (NYSE: MMM) has a signed a contract
to standardize on Norton AntiVirus. The company currently uses nearly
all languages of Norton AntiVirus-including Spanish, French, German,
Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese-to protect its approximately
44,000 Windows 95 and Windows NT workstations around the world. Under
the terms of the contract, 3M will expand its use of Norton AntiVirus
to include 4,000 additional nodes, and include Norton AntiVirus
products for Windows NT and e-mail servers, firewalls, and Internet
"As viruses become more sophisticated and prevalent, it is critical
that corporations protect not only their workstations, but their file,
print, and e-mail servers, firewalls, and Internet e-mail gateways,"
said Dave Ostby, IT LAN Services analyst at 3M. "Having seen the level
of protection our 44,000 workstations across the globe receive with
Norton AntiVirus, we are confident that installing Norton AntiVirus
throughout 3M will greatly reduce the risk of virus infection from any
A key factor in winning the 3M contract includes Symantec's reputation
for quality customer service worldwide, which includes
around-the-clock backing by the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center
(SARC). In order to stay ahead of the accelerating proliferation of
new computer viruses, SARC offers customer support through fully
staffed research centers in Santa Monica, Calif.; Leiden, The
Netherlands; Tokyo, Japan; and Sydney, Australia.
"This agreement with 3M, an influential and innovative corporation
with a profound global presence, offers proof that Symantec products
are true leaders in the international marketplace," said Enrique
Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business
Unit. "We are very pleased that 3M has selected Norton AntiVirus to
protect their worldwide network from costly and potentially
devastating computer viruses."
The Norton AntiVirus product line includes a multi-tier strategy that
integrates a powerful anti-virus solution at the desktop, server,
Internet e-mail gateway, and firewall levels to provide users the most
comprehensive virus detection and repair. 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 infect file immediately. Users are also
protected against other forms of malicious code, including Trojan
Horses and malicious Java and Active X applets.
Symantec's Norton AntiVirus products have received numerous awards
since January 1998, including PC Magazine's Editor's Choice in 1998
for Best AntiVirus Utility for the third year in a row, as well as the
magazine's 1997 Best AntiVirus Utility award, PC World's Best Buy, and
PC Computing's A-List. In addition, for the third time this year,
Virus Bulletin awarded a Norton AntiVirus product its coveted VB 100%
Award for detecting all in-the-wild viruses in VB's comprehensive test
Symantec AntiVirus Research Center
Norton AntiVirus and Norton AntiVirus IEG are backed by the Symantec
AntiVirus Research Center (SARC). 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.
Symantec products and solutions help make users productive and keep their computers
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
recognition. Symantec is traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC. More information
on the company and its products can be obtained at www.symantec.com.
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