SOURCE: Symantec

March 15, 2007 08:00 ET

Missouri State Government Increases Efficiency Through IT Consolidation; Selects Symantec for Centralized Security Administration

State Generates Substantial Costs Savings by Standardizing on Symantec AntiVirus

CUPERTINO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 15, 2007 -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced that the state of Missouri has standardized on Symantec's desktop security solutions to improve the protection of the state's desktop environment. The Missouri state government has centralized IT procurement and has implemented Symantec AntiVirus desktop protection for 50,000 seats across 14 departments, resulting in estimated cost savings of $836,000 over three years.

"Symantec allows us to offer our state a high level of protection at a great price-performance value," says Dan Ross, chief information officer, Missouri Information Technology Services Division. "Within two years we expect to receive a 100 percent payback from using Symantec technology and plan to reinvest those savings in other critical areas of the IT infrastructure. This agreement is being used as a model of success throughout our consolidation."

The state of Missouri has implemented Symantec AntiVirus on government desktops in 100 locations throughout the state to secure its critical information, while preventing malicious code from compromising sensitive information and protecting its networks from future intrusions and abuse. In addition to Symantec AntiVirus, portions of the state government also use Symantec Mail Security, Gateway Security, Ghost Solution Suite, pcAnywhere, and Backup Exec. The sophisticated nature of today's information security threats requires governments to protect themselves beyond the desktop as well. Using Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds, the state of Missouri's House of Representatives secures data from malicious threats targeting its mobile devices.

The state of Missouri IT infrastructure supports the systems that serve the state's 5.8 million citizens and approximately 60,000 government employees. To drive efficiency, the state has centralized IT personnel and functions for 14 of 16 state departments within the Information Technology Services Division (ITSD) of the Office of Administration.

"Consolidating IT resources has enabled us to effectively manage IT budget decreases of up to 25 percent during the last three years -- without sacrificing our ability to keep pace with the increasing demand for new IT services and upgrades," says Ross. "By eliminating the duplication of government services and centralizing IT administration, the state of Missouri is saving millions of dollars and precious staff resources. As part of this consolidation, we selected Symantec AntiVirus for centralized desktop security, helping us protect our critical assets and drive down the cost of security administration."

Deploying government-wide processes, procedures, and solutions helps the state leverage existing government resources and takes advantage of additional cost savings. In addition, streamlining the licensing process from multiple licenses and service contracts within each department and agency down to a single agreement has saved hundreds of hours in purchasing and administrative time that is now utilized on other administrative duties.

"Our consolidation initiative has reduced complexity and total cost of ownership for the state in several ways," says Ross. "By standardizing on Symantec, we have reduced complexity for our IT staff and simplified security administration across 14 agencies."

Additionally, the value of Symantec's Premium Platinum Support provides the state of Missouri consistent deployment, training, maintenance, and around the clock support for a range of Symantec solutions.

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