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Symantec CEO to Address the Commonwealth Club/Silicon Valley

CUPERTINO, Calif. - April 13, 2001 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), a world leader in Internet security, today announced that John W. Thompson, Symantec's chairman, president and CEO will address the Commonwealth Club/Silicon Valley. Thompson's speech – "The Future of Security Online" – is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, 2001, in the Benson Center at Santa Clara University. The event is open to the public. Commonwealth Club members can attend for a $15 fee, non-members for a $20 fee. Students can attend free with a valid ID.

"Internet security is an issue that affects all of us, from the individual user to the largest corporations," said Thompson. "We need to treat securing our computers the same way we secure our homes: multiple layers of security that keep the bad guys out and keep our stored and transmitted information out of the wrong hands."

Commonwealth Club/Silicon Valley is part of the Commonwealth Club of California, the largest and most prestigious public affairs forum in the United States, with more than 500 programs a year and more than 17,000 members. In May 1997, the Commonwealth Club/Silicon Valley was established in San Jose to better serve a growing Commonwealth Club membership, and the need for a broad public forum, in the South Bay. The first office of the Commonwealth Club outside of San Francisco, it provides a significant forum for education, the exchange of information, and open public debate.

About Symantec
Symantec, a world leader in Internet security technology, provides a broad range of content and network security solutions to individuals and enterprises. The company is a leading provider of virus protection, vulnerability assessment, intrusion prevention, Internet content and e-mail filtering, remote management technologies and security services to enterprises around the world. Symantec's Norton brand of consumer security products leads the market in worldwide retail sales and industry awards. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has worldwide operations in 36 countries. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.symantec.com.

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