Symantec Announces New Version of AntiVirus Protection for Network Storage and Content Delivery Appliances

Cupertino, CA - December 9, 2002 -- Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced Symantec AntiVirus for NetApp Filers and Symantec AntiVirus for Network Appliance NetCache. Based on the award winning technology in Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine 4.0, the solutions provide IT Administrators with the fast, scalable, and reliable virus protection required to confidently safeguard network resources and information stored on Network Appliance storage and content delivery appliances.

"These solutions demonstrate Symantec's commitment to addressing the enterprise need for effective, scalable virus protection for network storage infrastructures," said Greg Gotta, vice president, product delivery at Symantec. "By supporting emerging standards and providing a simple-to-use architecture, Symantec is well-positioned to integrate its industry-leading virus protection with products from enterprise storage vendors like Network Appliance."

"Our continued relationship with Symantec benefits our enterprise customers by protecting their valuable data assets with new levels of virus protection for mission-critical storage and content delivery solutions," said Mark Santora, senior vice president of marketing for Network Appliance.

Antivirus Protection For Enterprise Network Storage

Symantec AntiVirus for NetApp Filers provides the scalable, high-performance virus scanning and repair services required to protect valuable data stored on Network Appliance storage solutions. Symantec AntiVirus for NetApp Filers allows for one scanner to support multiple filers. The solution reduces hardware and administrative costs while providing real-time protection of valuable data from damage or deletion due to virus infection, and decreasing the probability of an expensive data recovery operation if an outbreak occurs. In addition, the Central Quarantine feature allows administrators to redirect all irreparable, virus-infected files to a safe area on a centralized server for further inspection.

Antivirus Protection For Content Delivery

Symantec AntiVirus for Network Appliance Net Cache can safely and more efficiently accelerate information access and distribution reducing threats to the network. The use of the Internet and corporate Intranets to access and distribute information presents dangerous conduits for virus infection within an enterprise. For example, viruses such as Code Red and Nimda enter into corporate networks as attachments to web pages and as part of downloadable files. Web-based e-mail can pose an additional threat to enterprise networks if not subjected to the same scanning policy in use for the enterprise's e-mail systems. When deployed at the Internet gateway, Symantec AntiVirus for Network Appliance NetCache provides high-performance virus protection for both HTTP and FTP traffic passing through the NetCache appliances. Via seamless integration using Internet Content Adaptation Protocol (ICAP) 1.0, Symantec AntiVirus for Network Appliance NetCache scans this traffic and repairs infected files and data before they are stored on the NetCache appliance and served to multiple users.

Designed to meet the specific needs of network storage solutions, both products have been optimized for speed with minimal resource demands placed on the existing systems. By operating independently from the NetApp storage device and NetCache appliance, the Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine accommodates growing traffic volumes with automatic load balancing across multiple scanning servers to ensure highly scalable and reliable virus protection.

Powered By Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine

The Symantec Antivirus Scan Engine is a TCP/IP server application and communication Application Programming Interface (API) that allows for the integration of Symantec's antivirus technology into other server software applications and appliances. Symantec's key antivirus technologies include Bloodhound, NAVEX, LiveUpdate, and malicious mobile code detection for Java, ActiveX, and standalone script-based threats. By utilizing these technologies the Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine detects viruses, worms, and Trojan horses in all major file types, including mobile code and compressed file formats. With newly added support for ICAP 1.0 and continuing support for Microsoft Windows 2000, Sun Solaris, and Red Hat Linux, the Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine can be deployed in heterogeneous enterprise environments.

Reliable Protection Against Blended Threats

Symantec AntiVirus for NetApp Filers and Symantec AntiVirus for Network Appliance NetCache are backed by Symantec Security Response, a global team of dedicated intrusion experts, security engineers, virus hunters, threat analysts, and technical support teams that work in tandem to provide extensive coverage for enterprise businesses and consumers. Symantec Security Response also leverages sophisticated threat and early warning systems to help provide customers with comprehensive, global, 24x7 Internet security expertise to proactively guard against today's blended Internet threats.

Symantec Enterprise Security

Symantec AntiVirus for NetApp filers and Symantec AntiVirus for Network Appliance NetCache are key components of Symantec Enterprise Security, which provides any size organization with the technology, global response and services necessary to manage its information security. Symantec's comprehensive solution offers best-of-breed technologies to protect gateways, servers and clients with firewall security, virus protection, intrusion detection, vulnerability management and virtual private networking (VPN). Customers benefit from Symantec Security Response, a global network of researchers, automated response technology and a 24X7 technical support staff that provides customers with immediate response to any new security-related attacks. Symantec Enterprise Security customers are also supported by one of the largest professional security organizations in the world, offering security consulting, security education and managed security services. For more information, please visit Symantec's enterprise Web site .

Availability

Symantec AntiVirus for NetApp Filers and Symantec AntiVirus for Network Appliance NetCache are available now. For trialware, or to obtain licensing information or locate a reseller, visit Symantec on the World Wide Web.

About Symantec

Symantec, the world leader in Internet security technology, provides a broad range of content and network security software and appliance solutions to individuals, enterprises and service providers. The company is a leading provider of client, gateway and server security solutions for virus protection, firewall and virtual private network, vulnerability management, intrusion detection, Internet content and e-mail filtering, remote management technologies and security services to enterprises and service providers around the world. Symantec's Norton brand of consumer security products is a leader in worldwide retail sales and industry awards. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has worldwide operations in 38 countries. For more information, please visit www.symantec.com.

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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT: This press release contains forward-looking statements, including anticipated activities and results that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from results expressed or implied by this press release. Such risk factors include, among others: the sustainability of recent growth rates, particularly in consumer products; the anticipation of the growth of certain market segments, particularly enterprise security; the positioning of Symantec's products in those segments; the competitive environment in the software industry; general market conditions, fluctuations in currency exchange rates, changes to operating systems and product strategy by vendors of operating systems; acquisition risks, including the risks that Symantec will not successfully integrate the businesses, technology and/or personnel of acquired companies; and whether Symantec can successfully develop new products and the degree to which these gain market acceptance. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements in this press release. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is contained in the Risk Factors sections of the Company's previously filed Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2002 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2002. Symantec assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release except as otherwise required by law.

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