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Symantec Unveils Newly Expanded Global Security Operations Centre in Australia

One Million Dollar Investment in Local Infrastructure & Resources


SYDNEY, Australia – September 19, 2012Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced the opening of its newly expanded Security Operations Centre (SOC) in Sydney to support the rapid growth of the Symantec Managed Security Services (MSS) group. Confronted by a complex and evolving threat landscape, enterprises are increasingly looking for the security know-how and established technologies and processes of a security partner able to build and sustain a resilient incident management program on their behalf.


"The expanded Security Operations Centre in Sydney represents more than a million dollar investment in infrastructure and resources in both security response centres and security operations centres that will help meet customer demand in Australia for managed security services," said Brenton Smith, vice president and managing director, Pacific region, Symantec. "By expanding our facility, we are able to tap into the local talent pool of security professionals within Australia and support our customers locally. We have built a team of analysts in Australia with deep security expertise that is very difficult to replicate by an individual organisation."


The Sydney team is part of a 24x7 follow the sun security monitoring and management service that is responsible for defending organisations against sophisticated targeted attacks as well as new malware variants and vulnerabilities that continue to increase every day. Every month, the global Symantec Managed Security Services team will analyse more than 275 billion log entries; identify approximately 40,000 potential security events and escalate over 4,000 validated, severe events.


"The expanded security operations centre in Sydney joins Symantec's other global centres in the UK, US and India as part of the first line of defense against cyber threats for customers around the world," said Bernard Kwok, senior vice president, Asia Pacific and Japan, Symantec. "Our investment in expanding the Security Operations Centre in Sydney demonstrates our long term commitment to Australia and the wider Asia Pacific and Japan region. The security requirements of our customers vary from region to region and this investment enables us to be closer to our customers in Australia and meet their specific security needs."


According to the latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, targeted attacks are spreading to organisations of all sizes and a variety of personnel; data breaches are increasing; and attackers are focusing more on mobile threats.


"Businesses today are operating in times of advanced persistent threats, targeted attacks, socially engineered malware and even politically motivated hacktivist attacks. With these changes, they require powerful technology, accurate threat intelligence, proven processes and experienced professionals to combat them," said Peter Sparkes, director, Managed Security Services, Asia Pacific and Japan, Symantec.


"Symantec MSS takes a comprehensive, edge-to-endpoint monitoring approach to provide broad visibility of activity across an enterprise's infrastructure, and leverages threat intelligence from the Symantec Global Intelligence Network, the largest, most sophisticated intelligence network on the planet," continued Sparkes.


Symantec's SOCs offer real-time, comprehensive protection from known and emerging threats, enabling organisations to minimise risk and strengthen their security posture. Symantec's SOCs analyse approximately 15 billion logs worldwide each day to provide enterprise-wide protection and help customers bolster defenses and respond to new threats as they emerge. Using Symantec's portfolio of advanced security monitoring and management services, last year alone, Symantec was able to block more than 5.5 billion malicious attacks.


In August this year, Symantec also announced the opening of its new Security Response Center in Singapore to strengthen Symantec's regional coverage in the ASEAN region.


About the Global Intelligence Network

The Symantec Global Intelligence Network processes more than eight billion email messages daily and gathers malicious code data from 130 million systems. The network updates every 5-10 minutes from over 200 countries and there are more than 47,662 vulnerabilities in the Symantec vulnerability database from over 15,967 vendors involving 105,000 technologies. There are five million decoy accounts in the Symantec Probe Network and more than 64.6 million attack sensors that record thousands of events per second.


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