Symantec Improves Internet Update Speed/Availability By 800%
Symantec's LiveUpdate Technology Ready to Handle Any Virus Crisis as One-Year Anniversary of Melissa Nears
CUPERTINO, Calif. - March 15, 2000 -- Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today
announced significant improvement of the patented LiveUpdate infrastructure to
handle the increase in Internet update requests that typically are triggered by
virus crises. As the one-year anniversary of the Melissa virus crisis nears,
Symantec will improve the availability and speed at which customers can get
updates via the Internet by 800 percent.
Later this month, Symantec will increase the number of LiveUpdate servers to more
than 2,000 in locations around the world. This will provide local access to
customers in all major markets around the world, improving the speed at which
updates are downloaded and the availability of updates at peak download times.
Since the Melissa virus crisis last year, Symantec quadrupled the LiveUpdate
bandwidth and will again quadruple the capacity by early Summer 2000. LiveUpdate
currently accounts for more than 845 gigabits pushed over the Internet each day.
In the last week alone, there have been nearly 6 million anti-virus definition
updates via LiveUpdate.
"Every network administrator and end-user needs an easy, automatic way to keep
their anti-virus protection current - whether at an individual desktop or across
an enterprise," said John W. Thompson, Symantec chairman, president and CEO.
"Symantec has been a pioneer at taking advantage of the Internet to provide our
customers with virus definition and program updates and will continue to set the
standard for maintaining Internet security."
Symantec has offered both enterprise customers and consumers a solution for
providing virus definitions and software updates via the Internet through its
patented LiveUpdate technology since 1996, first incorporated into Norton
AntiVirus 2.0 for Windows NT. Symantec was awarded U.S. Pat. No. 5,790,796 on
Aug. 4, 1998. Symantec offers LiveUpdate technology across its product line
including Norton AntiVirus Enterprise Solutions,
Norton Internet Security, and
Symantec's patented LiveUpdate technology simplifies the update process and
provides customers with a revolutionary way to protect against both today's virus
threats and those that will appear in the future - a critical requirement when,
on average, 10 to 15 new viruses are discovered every day. LiveUpdate
automatically detects an Internet connection and downloads and installs the
latest virus definitions. Norton AntiVirus users can schedule LiveUpdate to run
at regular intervals or can trigger it manually by pressing the LiveUpdate
In addition to receiving Symantec's weekly virus definition updates, LiveUpdate
may also be used to install software patches and obtain product information.
Norton AntiVirus features a modular engine called NAVEX that allows Symantec to
ship fundamental changes and updates to the engine technology. LiveUpdate
delivers this engine, but the NAVEX technology is what keeps these changes small
enough to download over the Internet. With Symantec's patent-pending
MicroDefinition technology, LiveUpdate downloads only the changes since the last
update, saving connection time online and reducing the network bandwidth
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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forward-looking statements. There are certain important factors that
could cause Symantec's future development efforts to differ
materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above.
Among these are the anticipation of the growth of certain market
segments, the positioning of Symantec's products in those segments,
the competitive environment in the software industry, dependence on
other products, changes to operating systems and product strategy by
vendors of operating systems, and the importance of new Symantec
products. Additional information concerning those and other factors is
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report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 2, 1999 and all
quarterly reports filed subsequent to such date.
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