Norton Antivirus Products Among First To Achieve ICSA Cleaning Certification
Among Top Three Anti-Virus Vendors, Symantec Only Vendor Certified
CUPERTINO, Calif. Sept. 1, 1999 Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC)
today announced that Norton AntiVirus products are among the first to receive
ICSA Cleaning Certification. Certified products include Norton AntiVirus for Win
3.x, Norton AntiVirus for Windows 95/98, Norton AntiVirus for Windows NT
Workstation and Server, and Norton AntiVirus for NetWare. The new certification
tests a product's ability to not only detect a virus, but to also remove the
virus from the user's computer. The testing certifies that the cleaning process
also leaves the file intact while effectively removing the virus. Symantecıs
products were the only ones to pass among the top three anti-virus vendors.
ICSA, provider of objective Internet security assurance services, sets standards
for commercial security products. Its certification validates that the product
significantly reduces both real and perceived risks associated with Internet use.
"It's not enough for computer users to know they have a virus. They need the
assurance that once a virus has been found, it will be removed from their system
without destroying the file," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's
Security and Assistance Business Unit. "Norton AntiVirus effectively repairs
viruses so that users don't have any downtime and loss of productivity."
In today's e-business world, data is a key asset and protecting that content is a
critical focus of the security industry. As corporations expand their
investments in e-systems, it becomes increasingly important to be able to quickly
detect viruses and repair the files. Deleting files, macros or other valuable
content costs IT money and time. By focusing on both detection and repair,
Norton AntiVirus is able to provide unmatched content security. Symantec
delivers certified detection, certified repair and speed-of-response to new
problems that combat the new threats to content.
To achieve ICSA Cleaning Certification, products must first be ICSA Certified.
ICSA Cleaning Certification goes one step further by assuring that anti-virus
solutions not only detect viruses found "in the wild," but that the products can
also reliably clean computer systems. ICSA's virus libraries and test suites are
updated at least monthly, and products are randomly tested every 60 days to
assure they are current. Products that fail spot checks from the previous
month's library must correct the problem and ship the solution or lose their
certification status. The complete criteria for both certifications can be found
ICSA.net, a GartnerGroup affiliate, is an industry leader in the growth and
improvement of Internet security. ICSA.net offers TruSecure security services as
well as multi-vendor, cross-industry product certification programs. ICSA.net
helps businesses reduce their information security risks and enables the
expansion of Internet technology implementation.
Symantec is a world leader in Internet security technology and technology
solutions that help companies manage and support workforces that use laptop
computers and other mobile devices.
The company is a leading provider of software products for the consumer market
and is rapidly growing its presence as a provider of solutions to enterprise organizations
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