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Symantec Named CRN Channel Champion for Third Consecutive Year

Channel Partners Recognize Symantec's Partner Program and Internet Security Solutions

CUPERTINO, Calif. - March 24, 2004 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the global leader in information security, today announced that Symantec swept the Client Security category, which included antivirus and desktop firewall solutions, and won the overall and technical awards for the Enterprise Security category, which included VPN, server firewall, and intrusion detection solutions, in the 2004 CRN Channel Champions survey.

Channel partners gave Symantec's solutions top marks in both categories, noting product reliability and accuracy, pricing and performance, and ease of management. Additionally, channel partners recognized the Symantec Partner Program for its training and certification opportunities, consistency of resources over time, and communication about changes to the company's solution portfolio.

Symantec also took top honors in CRN's 2002 and 2003 Channel Champion programs where channel partners recognized Symantec's outstanding channel focus. Symantec's firewall, antivirus, and intrusion detection solutions also outscored competitors in the technical areas of price/performance, ease of management, and profitability and return on investment.

“Once again, the partner community has singled out Symantec’s solutions and partner program with top honors,” said Allyson Seelinger, vice president of North American channels for Symantec. “Winning the technical awards in both security categories reflects the strength of our solution portfolio and demonstrates that our integrated solutions help our partners achieve their business objectives.”

"This year's CRN Channel Champions survey was the most ambitious and rigorous ever conducted in the history of the project," said Michael Vizard, editor-in-chief, CRN. "Symantec and the other winners demonstrated that they deliver high quality solutions that are resonating with their business partners."

The CRN Channel Champion's award program, now in its fourteenth year, is sponsored by CMP Media's CRN, the newsweekly for business and technology integrators. The CRN Channel Champions study measures overall business and technology integrator perceptions of vendor products and services. The survey is the largest and broadest-based technology integrator market study in the industry. The result is a premier resource used by business and technology integrators throughout the industry to evaluate vendors and their programs.

The survey rated vendors in 25 key product and service categories. The categories included: Wireless LAN; Internet/Voice/Data services; Intranet management; Application integration tools; Application development tools; Financial/Accounting tools; Multifunction devices; VoIP telephony; Systems and network management; Enterprise security; Client security; CRM; Storage area network arrays; Networked attached storage applications; Storage backup devices; Storage management software; Network laser printers; Notebooks; Flat panel displays; UPSes; Network infrastructure; Databases; Network operating systems; 32-bit servers; and 64-bit servers.

About CRN
CRN provides Solution Providers and Business and Technology Integrators with the crucial information and analysis they need to run their businesses successfully. As an advocate and voice of the Channel, Business and Technology integrators turn to CRN first for immediate information. With more than 20 years of experience, CRN is the most trusted source for 117,500 channel professionals. CRN can be found on the Web at http://www.crn.com.

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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