Symantec Alliances To Deliver Internet-Based Content Security Solutions To Homes And Businesses
Symantec Teams With Inktomi and Family Click
CUPERTINO, Calif. October 25, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC)
today announced strategic alliances with Inktomi and Family Click, to provide
integrated content security solutions to home and business computer users through
their Internet service providers. Through these and similar relationships,
Symantec's anti-virus and patent-pending I-Gear® web filtering technologies will
become integrated services within the Internet infrastructure through
enterprise-level content security solutions.
Symantec will license its I-Gear web filtering technologies to Family Click, who
will offer the technology to its customers as an added value service integrated
into their overall Internet offering. Symantec expects to integrate its
anti-virus and patent-pending I-Gear web filtering technologies with the Inktomi
Traffic Server network cache platform. Symantec expects to reach a broad
customer-base through these partnerships from home users of Family Click's
dial-up service to the larger enterprises integrating Inktomi's Traffic Server
network cache platform.
"Our goal is to make the Internet a safe and productive environment for families
and businesses," said John W. Thompson, Symantec's chairman, president and CEO.
"By partnering with key players in the Internet service provider space, we are
integrating content security into the overall infrastructure, ensuring a base
level of security for everyone connecting to the Internet. "
These alliances are the latest step in Symantec's strategy toward becoming a
critical part of the Internet infrastructure to provide businesses and consumers
a safe, clean pipeline to the Internet. Symantec's strategy leverages the
company's core competency in content security to provide solutions to keep
customers' data and networks secure when they interact with the Internet. The
strategic market development group that Symantec recently announced will continue
to pursue opportunities with other potential partners in the Internet
"We are very pleased to work with Symantec to deliver a new layer of intelligence
and security over the Internet," said Mark Thomas, director of business
partnerships at Inktomi. "The Traffic Server platform, which powers the world's
largest networks, along with Symantec's content security solutions, will be the
catalyst for a new wave of compelling Internet services."
Inktomi Traffic Server is a network cache platform designed to help Internet
infrastructure and content providers scale up their operations to meet rapidly
growing demand and performance requirements. The addition of Symantec's
anti-virus and I-Gear web filtering technologies to the Traffic Server platform
is expected to provide a seamlessly integrated content security service for
heavily-loaded networks. The service also is expected to offer service providers
new opportunities for differentiation, while offering enterprises better
management and control of their networks.
Symantec's I-Gear boosts Internet productivity with the most comprehensive,
policy based Internet access control software available. In addition to the
content category database, I-Gear's patent-pending Dynamic Document Review (DDR)
provides real-time filtering technology that reviews Web documents on the fly,
enabling safe use of search engines and new web pages not yet categorized. With
Symantec's anti-virus technology, ISP subscribers will have automatic protection
against viruses, malicious ActiveX controls and Java applets, and other dangerous
mobile code. The technology protects users surfing the Internet or getting
information from floppy disks, CDs, or a network. It also automatically scans
incoming attachments in the most popular email programs.
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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