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Symantec Collaborates with White House on National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace

CUPERTINO, Calif. – Sept. 18, 2002 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, culminated its involvement with a road map written by the White House for securing the nation’s critical cyber infrastructure by participating today in the unveiling of the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.

Symantec’s involvement with the Strategy began in February 2002 when it submitted its input to Richard C. Clarke, Special Advisor to the President for Cyberspace Security and head of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board.

Symantec provided information and recommendations for securing the nation’s cyber infrastructure specifically at the small business and enterprise level, outlining where the largest potential cyber threats exist for businesses and the steps that need to be taken through a public/private partnership to help businesses secure their computer networks. In addition, Symantec also outlined best practices for increasing security throughout the computer networks of government agencies and entities. Lastly, Symantec provided Clarke with a recommended list of top priorities for national IT security research.

“This initial strategy for securing the nation’s cyberspace is a sterling example of what public and private entities can do when they work together for the benefit of the nation’s best interests when it comes to homeland security,” said Clarke. “Symantec’s help with the Strategy was extremely beneficial, and we look forward to working with them in the future as we continue to coordinate efforts for securing the nation’s critical infrastructure.”

“With more than 85 percent of the nation’s critical infrastructure owned and operated by private entities, public/private cooperation is critical to securing our nation’s virtual borders,” said John W. Thompson, chairman and CEO, Symantec Corp. “This blue print creates a national approach for individuals and enterprises to follow regarding Internet security. We pledge our full support for expanding the Strategy and helping to carry out its recommendations.”

The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace contains more than 80 specific recommendations for action, by the public and the private sector, to improve cyber security. It highlights government and private sector programs already underway to implement the strategy and it raises topics and issues for continued analysis and debate that may be included in future releases of strategy. The Strategy was developed as a result of the outreach conducted by the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board to individuals, businesses, academic institutions, law enforcement entities and dozens of national associations for their input on elements that should be included in the Strategy, in addition to the issues surrounding national cyber security that need to be addressed. The Strategy can be viewed or downloaded at www.securecyberspace.gov.

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