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Symantec Listed in Leaders Quadrant in Magic Quadrant for Intrusion Detection Systems

CUPERTINO, Calif. – April 19, 2004 - Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that it has been placed in the Leaders Quadrant of the most recent Gartner, Inc. Magic Quadrant for Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS). Published April 13, 2004, Gartner Inc.'s Magic Quadrant positions vendors in the IDS market segment based on their vision and ability to execute that vision. According to Gartner, Inc., leaders are vendors who are performing well today, have a clear vision of market direction and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market.

“Symantec is honored to be listed in the leaders quadrant in Gartner’s prestigious Magic Quadrant for IDS,” said Stephen Cullen, senior vice president Security Products and Solutions, Symantec Corp. “Gartner’s report confirms our commitment to delivering comprehensive intrusion protection solutions, and establishes Symantec as a clear leader in the IDS segment of the enterprise security market.”

Symantec Intrusion Protection offers organizations the appropriate solution to anticipate, detect, prevent, and mitigate attacks from internal and external intruders. Elements of Symantec Intrusion Protection may include network- and host-based intrusion detection and prevention, integrated appliances, early warning services, and analysis and mitigation services. Unlike point-product security vendors that provide only a single element of this strategy, Symantec offers all of these elements for comprehensive intrusion protection that evolves with an organization’s ever-changing security needs.

Magic Quadrant Disclaimer
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted April 13, 2004 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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