Norton AntiVirus is First Product to be Awarded Checkmark Level Two Certification
Norton AntiVirus gains highest level certification from Secure Computing magazine
Cupertino, Calif --November 30, 1998-- Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) has become the first company
to be awarded the prestigious Checkmark Level Two certification for its Norton AntiVirus product.
The certification was awarded by West Coast Labs, part of Secure Computing magazine, following
extensive testing not only to determine the software's ability to disinfect all viruses in the Joe
Wells in-the-wild list which are capable of being disinfected, but also of its suitability as part
of a corporate security strategy. Secure Computing Magazine has a circulation of more than 100,000
worldwide and is the leading publication for IT professionals who are responsible for network
"Checkmark Level Two is the most arduous and demanding certification process and has been developed
to provide anti-virus solution users, many of whom are responsible for corporate network security,
with independent validation that an anti-virus product can protect against modern virus threats,"
says Paul Robinson, editor of Secure Computing. "While it does not form part of the Checkmark test,
we were impressed not merely with the Norton product's virus detection and repair capabilities, but
also by the way it meets corporate network administrators' needs in other critical areas, such as
the ability to be updated automatically with new virus definitions and engine enhancements."
To attain Checkmark Level Two certification, Norton AntiVirus was submitted to West Coast Lab's
testing program. Level Two testing confirms a product's ability to disinfect programs, disks and
documents which have been infected by in-the-wild viruses -- those viruses which are causing
infections in the real world as opposed to those in research collections. The testing is extremely
demanding and is the most exacting test for anti-virus products anywhere in the world. It requires
the product to remove an infection and leave the user's machine usable and the data intact.
"Checkmark Level Two represents a serious commitment by developers to meet the needs of their
customers. And what anti-virus users are telling us they want is disinfection. By being the first,
Symantec's virus research team has overcome a number of significant technical hurdles and is to be
commended for their technical insight and determination," added Robinson.
Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit, commented:
"Norton AntiVirus is emerging from the recent intense market consolidation as the leading anti-virus
solution for corporate organizations. Being the first product to receive Secure Computing's
Checkmark Level Two certification is a tremendous achievement and provides customers with
independent assurance that our product has been subjected to the most intense testing possible and
has not only passed, but has been praised by the testing authority.
"Our integration of IBM's immune technology and Intel's systems management technologies into the
Norton AntiVirus architecture is going extremely well. Checkmark Level Two is an important
third-party validation of the technological excellence of Norton AntiVirus and the product's
unparalleled ability to meet corporate customers' needs."
About Norton AntiVirus
Since Symantec and IBM announced their alliance, more than 1,800 companies in
the U.S.A. and 1,500 companies in Europe have committed to transition to Norton AntiVirus.
The Norton AntiVirus product line includes a multi-tier strategy that integrates a powerful
anti-virus solution at desktops, servers, groupware 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.
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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