SOURCE: Symantec

July 11, 2006 08:00 ET

Symantec Announces 2006 Government Visionary Award Recipients

The Environmental Protection Agency; Georgia's Fulton County; NCI, Inc.; the State of Michigan; and Virginia's Arlington County Recognized for Innovation in Data Security and Management

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 11, 2006 -- Symantec Vision Government 2006 -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced recipients of the 2006 Government Visionary Awards, recognizing public sector leaders for their innovative use of Symantec solutions to streamline, integrate, and secure their data operations while improving service delivery. The 2006 Government Visionary Award winners include the Environmental Protection Agency; Georgia's Fulton County; NCI, Inc.; the State of Michigan; and Virginia's Arlington County.

"Government organizations face extraordinary challenges when it comes to securing and managing data. They represent some of the largest consumers of information, which often pertains to citizens' privacy, law enforcement, national security, and other highly sensitive subjects," said Dr. Ajei Gopal, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Symantec. "The 2006 Government Visionary Award winners have demonstrated their success in protecting large volumes of critical information, infrastructure, and interactions, and maintaining continuity of operations while finding new ways to capture efficiencies and maximize resources."

Symantec Helps the EPA Earn High Marks on IT Compliance

Myra Galbreath, acting chief technology officer of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is recognized for establishing controls to facilitate compliance across the 18,000-person agency, which leads the nation's environmental science, research, education, and assessment efforts. The EPA rolled out a comprehensive solution to establish compliance management processes and technical controls for the agency based on Symantec policy compliance and vulnerability management software. The solution earned the EPA an A+ on the 2005 Federal Information Security Management Act Scorecard -- a government rating of agency computer and data security readiness. Using Symantec software to help automate data collection, analysis, and compliance remediation processes, the EPA was able to redeploy several full-time IT professionals to other important initiatives, helping save valuable resources. In addition, operational efficiencies save the agency approximately $240,000 in annual labor costs.

Fulton County, Ga. Safeguards Email, Fax and VoIP Data with Symantec

Robert Taylor, chief information officer of Fulton County, Ga., is recognized for increasing the security of a variety of data types for the county while streamlining operations and reducing costs. Following a serious server crash in 2003 which corrupted six months of email, Fulton County designed an email archiving and discovery solution based on Symantec email management and security software. The integrated solution helps ensure critical data are secure and protected, while simplifying the archiving and discovery of email, fax, and VoIP data. Fulton County has captured $184,000 in annual savings by eliminating unnecessary fax lines. The county has also realized a three-year savings of more than $200,000 by moving email to less expensive storage servers, and eliminated $128,000 in annual costs associated with manual email searches.

NCI Helps the U.S. Special Operations Command Fight Terrorism with Symantec Storage

Carl Parramore, chief enterprise architect for NCI, a provider of IT, systems engineering, and integration services to the public and private sector, is recognized for transforming the email infrastructure of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). USSOCOM directs and executes global operations against terrorist networks and the organization supports 30,000 mailboxes worldwide. Leveraging Symantec data center and storage solutions, NCI partnered with L-3 Communications USSOCOM Enterprise Information Technology Contract (EITC), which supports U.S.-based and overseas Special Operations Forces, to help USSOCOM significantly improve the availability of critical information. USSOCOM's Recovery Time Objective (RTO) was reduced by 90 percent -- down from 24 hours to just one hour. Meanwhile, the total cost of ownership for USSOCOM's new data center was reduced by 30 percent and the command was able to accommodate 35 to 40 percent annual growth in storage volume without the need for any additional staff.

The State of Michigan Partners with Symantec to Reduce System Attacks While Saving Millions

Dan Lohrmann, chief information security officer for the State of Michigan, is recognized for securing the state's large and growing IT infrastructure while keeping costs down. Protecting more than 55,000 computers and 2,000 data center servers requires a multi-layered architecture that includes Symantec threat management and data center solutions. Symantec played a major role in helping the State of Michigan save $30 million as a result of staff productivity improvements, and hardware and software cost avoidance for its homeland security initiatives. The state has also reduced the number of antivirus administrators by approximately 80 percent while doubling the number of workstations with up-to-date security software.

Arlington County, Va. Demonstrates Successful Email Threat Management with Symantec

David Jordan, chief information security and privacy officer for Arlington County, Va., is recognized for increasing email security while combating virus and spam attacks. Given its two-mile proximity to the White House, Arlington County has emergency first-responder assignments covering the Pentagon and more than 40 federal agencies. After deploying Symantec threat management solutions, the county denied more than one million emails from known spammers in the first few weeks alone, which reduced inbound unwanted email by 80 percent. The reduction results in an annual savings of $750,000 in productivity, bandwidth, storage, and support costs. In addition, the new Symantec email solution blocks approximately 10,000 viruses every week, saving the county an average of $280,000 per incident.

For the full list of 2006 Government Visionary Award winners and more information on the program, please visit:

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