December 12, 2007 08:00 ET

Symantec Announces General Availability of Vontu 8

Vontu 8 Delivers Data Loss Prevention Across Endpoint, Network and Storage Systems

CUPERTINO, CA--(Marketwire - December 12, 2007) - Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced the availability of the latest release of Vontu Data Loss Prevention 8 from Symantec, the industry's first integrated solution that combines endpoint and network-based technology to prevent the loss of confidential data wherever it is stored or used. Symantec completed the acquisition of Vontu on Nov. 30, 2007.

The product suite is now available for shipment to customers and prospects following successful beta trials to ensure the high quality and reliability of Vontu Data Loss Prevention 8. The Vontu Data Loss Prevention suite was tested in production environments in beta trials spanning a 12-week period at four Fortune 1,000 companies. The beta users found significant value in many of the capabilities that differentiate Vontu Data Loss Prevention 8 from competing products. These include the stability and scalability of the Vontu Endpoint agent, the ability to do both discovery and prevention on the endpoint, and the ability to find exposed confidential data stored in Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange, Documentum and other enterprise repositories.

"We have successfully tested the entire Vontu Data Loss Prevention 8 suite across our endpoint, network and storage systems," said Becky Blalock, senior vice president and CIO at Southern Company, a Vontu 8 beta customer. During the best test, Southern Company deployed Vontu Network Discovery and Protection and executed discovery scans on Microsoft Sharepoint and Exchange repositories, as well as internal website servers. Vontu Endpoint Discovery and Prevention were tested on production endpoint systems, and the company plans to deploy the product to 28,000 end users.

"With Vontu Data Loss Prevention 8, we are extending our market leadership by providing a unified solution across endpoint, network and storage systems to help organizations better understand where their sensitive information is stored, how it is used and how best to prevent its loss," said Joseph Ansanelli, vice president of data loss prevention solutions, Symantec. "We are excited about the opportunity to combine our innovative solution with the broader Symantec security and storage portfolio to give a wide range of organizations the confidence they need to answer these business-critical questions."

Integrated Data Loss Prevention Suite

The Vontu Data Loss Prevention 8 product suite complements Symantec's existing portfolio with a comprehensive platform to prevent the loss of confidential data across endpoint, network and storage systems.

--  Data Loss Policy Management: The Vontu solution offers a centralized
    platform for data loss policy management, detection, workflow and
    remediation that enables organizations to define policies once and enforce
    them everywhere.
--  Endpoint: Vontu Endpoint solutions allow companies to prevent
    confidential data from being copied to USB drives and downloaded to local
    drives, as well as discover exposed confidential data stored on laptops and
--  Network: Vontu Network Monitoring and Prevention solutions stop
    confidential data from being sent outside the organization via email,
    webmail, FTP, IM and other Internet protocols to help organizations ensure
    compliance with data security and privacy policies.
--  Storage: Vontu Data Discovery and Protection solutions help
    organizations understand where confidential information is stored and
    quickly find and fix exposed data on file servers, databases, document
    management systems, laptops and desktops.  These proven solutions also help
    companies address PCI compliance, e-Discovery, data classification and data
    governance objectives.

Availability and Pricing

Vontu Data Loss Prevention 8 is available immediately. Pricing starts at $25,000, and is based on the number of users and the products purchased.

For more information on the Symantec Data Loss Prevention solution, please visit

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Symantec is a global leader in infrastructure software, enabling businesses and consumers to have confidence in a connected world. The company helps customers protect their infrastructure, information and interactions by delivering software and services that address risks to security, availability, compliance and performance. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at

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