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VARBusiness Names Symantec Solutions Midmarket Products Of The Year

Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition, Symantec Ghost Solution Suite, Symantec Mail Security, Symantec Network Security Take Top Honors

CUPERTINO, Calif. - May 3, 2005 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the global leader in information security, today announced that CMP Media's VARBusiness magazine has named Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition, Symantec Ghost Solution Suite, Symantec Mail Security 8200 Series, and Symantec Network Security 7100 Series Midmarket Products of the Year. Each solution is featured and profiled in the special May 2 VARBusiness "State of the Midmarket" issue.

"Over the last year, Symantec has worked to enhance our solution portfolio and partner resources for the midmarket to help our partners drive demand in this growing segment," said Randy Cochran, vice president Americas channel sales for Symantec. "These awards signal that Symantec solutions address the midmarket's need for solid, easy-to-use and manage, yet cost-effective information security and availability solutions."

VARBusiness, a biweekly magazine that provides strategic insight to technology integrators, solicited input from information technology vendors and solution providers to determine which products and services were best for midmarket customers defined as companies with between 100 and 999 employees. VARBusiness editors considered and reviewed all 400 product nominations and then narrowed the field to the 100 products that best meet midmarket needs for effective, yet easy to install, use, and manage information technology solutions and that represent a significant business benefit to solution providers.

"Our readers tell us that the midmarket is one of the fastest growing IT categories today," said VARBusiness Publisher, Robert C. DeMarzo. "With their ease of management and reliability, Symantec AntiVirus, Symantec Ghost Solution Suite, Symantec Mail Security, and Symantec Network Security are solutions that best meet that segment's information security and management needs."

Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition provides mid-sized companies automatic defense and response against spyware, viruses, and worms. Scalable centralized management and response capabilities maximize uptime and minimize costs, while providing customers with the ultimate control and protection for desktop and network servers.

Symantec Ghost Solution Suite offers midmarket businesses a comprehensive, cost-effective imaging and migration solution. The suite combines Symantec Ghost Corporate Edition, the imaging components of Symantec DeployCenter Library, and Symantec Client Migration. Symantec Ghost Solution Suite provides the tools needed for Windows operating system deployment, software distribution, PC data and desktop settings migration, and PC retirement.

Symantec Mail Security 8200 Series appliances offer the midmarket the most accurate email security, powered by industry-leading Brightmail AntiSpam technology from Symantec. Innovative email firewall technologies, which include a powerful combination of traffic shaping, directory harvest attack prevention, and sender reputation, reduce email infrastructure costs by restricting connections from spam-sending servers. In addition, from a single Web-based console, Symantec Mail Security 8200 Series enables administrators to easily apply varying policies for different users or groups, gain insight into trends and attack statistics, and customize and monitor all email security appliances.

Symantec Network Security 7100 Series appliances provides midmarket companies flexible, real-time, proactive network intrusion prevention to protect critical information assets. Its innovative Intrusion Mitigation Unified Network Engine (IMUNE) combines protocol anomaly, signature, statistical, and vulnerability attack interception techniques to accurately identify and block worms as well as known and unknown (or zero-day) attacks from spreading throughout networks. Powerful and granular policy management allows security personnel to tailor protection based on their security policies and business needs and set common or individualized detection and prevention policies per appliance.

About VARBusiness Magazine
For the past 18 years, VARBusiness' strategic resources have been the gateway to the solution-provider community. VARBusiness provides unique strategic business and technology insight for solution providers through industry-defining research, in-depth editorial, channel events, and innovative Web services, enabling these IT professionals to make educated decisions for their businesses, partnerships, and customers. VARBusiness has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design. Additional information about VARBusiness products, events, and services is available on the magazine's Web site at www.varbusiness.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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