Cupertino, Calif. --May 19, 1998-- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) announced today that they would combine forces to deliver a single family of anti-virus products which will be marketed under the Norton AntiVirus brand name.
Symantec will license IBM's immune system technology and patents and will combine it with its own technology to produce a range of products, including new solutions to support IBM platforms. As part of the agreement, IBM has also assigned its existing anti-virus customer and OEM contracts to Symantec and will recommend Norton AntiVirus to its corporate customers worldwide as the anti-virus solution of choice. In addition IBM and Symantec intend to sell and market the Norton AntiVirus product line worldwide.
In a related announcement, Intel said today it is incorporating IBM's anti-virus engine technology into its LANDesk Virus Protect products and other Intel network management products featuring LANDesk Virus Protect functionality.
"Combining IBM's technology with Symantec's brand strength and heritage in the anti-virus sector takes protection against virus infection to a new, higher level," said Phyllis Byrne, vice president of Distributed Systems Services for IBM. "We believe Symantec's current anti-virus products are the best available and will only be strengthened with the addition of our technology. We are confident in recommending the Norton AntiVirus solution to our customers."
Symantec president and CEO, Gordon Eubanks, added: "Corporate organizations already recognize Symantec and the Norton brand as a solution they can trust to protect against the threat of virus attack. By working with IBM to further develop their immune system technology and incorporate it into a comprehensive range of Norton AntiVirus products, we will offer corporate customers the most comprehensive anti-virus solution available."
Ed Ekstrom, vice president, Intel Small Business and Networking Group and general manager, Systems Management Division, said: "Combining IBM's leading anti-virus scanning technology with our anti-virus policy and management expertise provides our customers the best anti-virus detection, management and protection technology currently available. We will pursue the possibility of incorporating the virus detection software resulting from the IBM/Symantec alliance when it becomes available."
The alliance with Symantec complements IBM's announcement earlier this month of its eNetwork Software security and directory integration solution, which provides a comprehensive security solution for extending customers' information technology infrastructure to the Worldwide Web. The eNetwork Software security solution leverages IBM's decades of experience with information security and allows companies with large, complex computer systems to handle their entire range of security needs through one company.
IBM's anti-virus technology, part of the IBM SecureWay comprehensive portfolio of security offerings, has been awarded six patents for inventions, ranging from a neural network that uses artificial intelligence to detect new viruses automatically to the immune system itself. IBM is the first company to develop an immune system that can detect previously unknown viruses, analyze them, and distribute a cure worldwide, all automatically and within minutes of first discovering new viruses.
Symantec's multi-tier virus protection strategy is the basis for products that protect the enterprise at the desktop, groupware, server, Internet and gateway levels. The Norton AntiVirus product line uses innovative Bloodhound heuristic technology to detect and remove both known and unknown viruses. Norton AntiVirus also includes LiveUpdate, which automatically updates users with the latest virus definitions over the Internet.
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Symantec Corporation helps make users productive and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand recognition. The company is focused on addressing customer needs in three main application areas: the Norton product line of anti-virus and PC-assistance products; the pcANYWHERE, WinFax and ACT! product lines that cater to remote user productivity; and the Cafe product lines in Internet development tools.
Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe, Japan and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC, Symantec Corporation is based in Cupertino, California and employs more than 2,000 people. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, (541) 334-6054 or accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.symantec.com.
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of person computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available http://www.intel.com/pressroom.
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This press release contains some 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 contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 28, 1997 and in the company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended January 2, 1998.
Phil Hester, Vice President of Systems and Technology for the IBM Personal Systems Group
"Creating solutions that help ensure application reliability and data integrity are key goals for all of our brands. The combination of IBM's anti-virus technology and Symantec's anti-virus products will produce an industry-leading solution that will truly complement our world-class PC's, including new IBM Aptiva, ThinkPad, PC300 and IntelliStation systems, as well as IBM's Netfinity servers. We look forward to being able to offer this outstanding anti-virus protection to our customers."
Eileen Rudden, senior vice president, Lotus communications development group
"The capability of this new anti-virus agreement adds increased strength to our industry-leading groupware, messaging and internet platform. Having this top-notch anti-virus offering will enable us to meet our customers' needs with even greater confidence."
Kate Brew, Tivoli Product Line Manager, Security
"Tivoli has always looked at combining and managing the right technologies and products as good business -- and this is a good combination. Integrating this industry-leading anti-virus solution definitely improves our capability to deliver products that enable customers to manage growing computing environments securely, reliably, and consistently."