LandAmerica Financial Group Chooses Symantec Corporate Solutions to Improve
Virus Defense, Network Efficiency and User Productivity and Support
LandAmerica purchases licenses for 7,200 seats each of Norton
Ghost, Norton AntiVirus and Norton Utilities SpeedDisk, and 7,000 seats of pcANYWHERE
Cupertino, Calif. June 7, 1999 - LandAmerica Financial Group Inc.
(NYSE: LFG) has purchased licenses for Symantec's family of corporate software
solutions to expedite its upgrade to a nationwide Windows NT network and
troubleshoot PC and server problems remotely, Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) announced
LandAmerica, one of the nation's largest real estate title insurance companies,
has bought licenses for 7,200 units each of Norton Ghost, Norton AntiVirus and
Norton Utilities SpeedDisk to improve network efficiency, increase
competitiveness and capture a bigger piece of its market, said Bob Kuntz, a
LandAmerica vice president.
The company, which has more than 600 offices and annual revenues of about $1.8
billion, bought Norton Ghost to speed a corporate-wide upgrade from UNIX
terminals to Windows NT workstations, and to rapidly deploy Title Quest 2000,
LandAmerica's proprietary title insurance underwriting management software
The additional purchase of a 7,000 seat license for pcANYWHERE is aimed at
improving IS efficiency and reducing costs by remotely fixing PC and server
problems in over 40 regional locations. "Before, our field support folks were
wasting lots of time driving from office to office," Kuntz said. "Today we can
get the job done much more efficiently and quickly.
"Symantec was able to offer solutions that met our needs and was the only vendor
able to offer everything we needed," said Kuntz, who is also LandAmerica's
infrastructure director. "We weren't interested in managing a bunch of different
licenses with lots of different companies. We'll definitely do more business with
Symantec as we grow."
Until recently, LandAmerica relied mostly on "dumb" Unix terminals instead of PCs
in its branch offices. That meant it could take two days for an employee to sort
through real estate records at a courthouse before writing a policy protecting an
insured customer from outstanding liens and encumbrances on titles to a property.
By contrast, PCs offer almost immediate access to LandAmerica databases and
courthouse databases containing the same information.
"Now we can do in minutes what used to take days," Kuntz said.
Symantec products also play a key role in creating LandAmerica's new computerized
infrastructure, Kuntz added. Norton Ghost, for example, is being used to take an
image of the company's standard PC configuration and distribute it company-wide
to other PCs via the network. As a result, LandAmerica is able to install new
software on hundreds of PCs and servers in hours instead of weeks.
The need to maintain high levels of security and protect the network from virus
infection both during the transition from UNIX to Windows NT and in the future
was also a major requirement. LandAmerica replaced Network Associates' Virus Scan
with a license for Norton AntiVirus Solution Suite to protect its network at all
levels, including firewall, email gateway, servers and workstations, from virus
The single engine architecture in Norton AntiVirus also contributes to a lower
cost of ownership as weekly virus definitions and detection engine updates to
cope with new strains of virus can be distributed via Symantec's NAVEX technology
to multiple platforms across the Internet.
About Norton Ghost
Norton Ghost enables users to copy the entire contents of one disk to another or
to a disk image file. In turn, they can use the image file as a template to
create copies of the original disk. Norton Ghost reduces the time to install a
typical 300MB Windows 95 system from an hour with substantial operator input to
just five minutes, and with no operator input. "Multicasting" allows multiple
workstations to be installed at the same time, further improving efficiency.
Norton Ghost can make complete backups of disks, copying even "in-use" system
files missed by other backup utilities.
pcANYWHERE32 is the top-selling remote-control and file-transfer software, making
connections to the office PC easy from home or on the road. With pcANYWHERE32,
users can remotely control their office PCs via modem or the Internet and
synchronize files between two computers. Help desk professionals can use
pcANYWHERE32 to support multiple users from anywhere and deliver training
materials and pre-configured software updates to many users simultaneously.
About Norton AntiVirus Solution Suite
Norton AntiVirus 5.0 is the industry's leading comprehensive virus protection
software for Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT workstations. Norton
AntiVirus 5.0 offers users ease of use and increased security, providing
protection at all virus entry points, including shared floppy disks, the
Internet, e-mail attachments and networks. Norton AntiVirus 5.0 includes
Symantec's next-generation heuristics scanner, Bloodhound. It also contains a
Trojan Horse detection engine to prevent virus infection from Internet sources
and state-of-the-art technology to automatically block destructive Active X and
Java applets from entering a user's computer.
About Norton Utilities SpeedDisk
Norton Utilities SpeedDisk improves the performance of servers and workstations
by "optimizing" files, or rearranging them into contiguous blocks that users can
access more quickly. The process can be monitored on a computer screen or hidden
in the background.
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