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Senior Metafore Security Consultant Earns Symantec Certified Security Practitioner Accreditation

Metafore's David Sheridan demonstrates in-depth knowledge and expertise across the complete range of security disciplines

TORONTO, Ont. - March 3, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that David Sheridan of Metafore Corporation, an Enterprise Security Partner in the Symantec Partner Program and a premier systems integrator, has earned the Symantec Certified Security Practitioner (SCSP) accreditation. By achieving the SCSP certification, the highest level in the Symantec Certification Program, Sheridan demonstrated in-depth knowledge and expertise across the complete range of security disciplines including firewall and VPN technologies, vulnerability management, intrusion detection and virus protection and content filtering.

"The certification gives us a competitive edge because there is limited security knowledge and expertise in the marketplace today," says David Sheridan, senior security consultant, Metafore Corporation. "Our partnership with Symantec enables us to meet the security requirements of our customers and the certification gives our clients a high comfort level. They know they're dealing with a company equipped to manage their entire security infrastructure."

Metafore Corporation has established a security practice in Calgary, AB and plans to replicate the model across the company's other Canadian offices. Achieving the SCSP certification will further enhance Metafore's creditability and strengthen its position as a complete security solutions provider.

"Symantec has taken a very granular approach to our training and certification programs, allowing our partners the flexibility to complete training on a range of security products or on one particular technology. The training Symantec provides addresses customers' needs at the gateway, the server, and the client levels," says Kevin Krempulec, Canadian channel sales manager, Symantec Corp. "We are committed to helping our partners expand their business by making sure they have the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to meet the security needs of their customers."

David Sheridan, Metafore senior security consultant, earned the credential as a Symantec Certified Security Practitioner (SCSP) by completing comprehensive, self-study hours along with technology- and product-specific exams. To achieve SCSP status, Sheridan demonstrated overall knowledge in security planning, deployment and utilization along with product proficiency on the complete range of Symantec's products.

The Symantec Certification Program provides fee-based online and instructor-led technical training and includes courses in firewall and VPN technologies, vulnerability management, intrusion detection and virus protection and content management. A passing grade on the appropriate certification exams enables partners to earn Symantec certification credentials at four different levels:

  • Symantec Product Specialist (SPS): focuses on a single Symantec security product and its functionality in an overall security system;
  • Symantec Technology Architect (STA): focuses on vendor-neutral security knowledge of how to design, plan, deploy and manage security solutions within a specific focus area such as vulnerability management;
  • Symantec Certified Security Engineer (SCSE): has, in addition to product specific training and certification, a high level understanding of and the ability to design, plan, deploy and manage security solutions within a specific focus area such as vulnerability management;
  • Symantec Certified Security Practitioner (SCSP): is a senior consultant with in-depth knowledge and expertise across the complete range of security disciplines who has achieved SCSE certification in all security categories.

For more information on the Symantec Partner Program visit www.symantecpartner.com.

About Metafore Corporation
Metafore is a leader in the design and integration of today's complex information technology systems. For over 20 years, Metafore has been dedicated to architecting, implementing and supporting dynamic solutions that answer customers' needs for improved access to information, easier ways to conduct their business and generating maximum return on their IT investments. The capability to achieve these objectives is driven by Metafore's innovative 360 x 365 service delivery model.

About Symantec
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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