SOURCE: Symantec

March 16, 2006 08:00 ET

Symantec DeepSight Alert Services Earns Network World's Award for Top Product in Security Management Category

Symantec Backup Exec 10d and Symantec Mail Security 8100 Series Also Receive Honors

CUPERTINO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 16, 2006 -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), today announced that Symantec DeepSight Alert Services has won the "Best of the Tests" award from Network World in the security management category. Symantec's early warning service came out on top in a competitive review in which Network World editors evaluated a broad range of security management technologies and vendors.

"Symantec is honored that Symantec DeepSight Alert Services was recognized by Network World as the premiere solution in such a broad and rigorous comparative review," said Arthur Wong, vice president, Symantec Security Response and Managed Security Services. "This achievement is a clear example of Symantec's ongoing commitment to offering our customers the most comprehensive solutions to protect their infrastructures and ensure business continuity."

Symantec DeepSight Alert Services provides personalized vulnerability, malicious code, and new spyware and adware alerts, along with mitigation information and links to patches that bridge the gap between security awareness and action. Symantec analysts monitor potential threats 24x7 across more than 35,000 distinct product versions and information from more than 150 authoritative sources. Symantec DeepSight Alert Services saves organizations time and money by eliminating the need to dedicate valuable staff to search for and evaluate the latest vulnerability and risk information.

Network World editors tested more than 200 products during a one-year period across a broad range of technologies for the "Best of the Tests" award. In addition to Symantec DeepSight Alert Services, two other Symantec products were also recognized by Network World.

--  Symantec Backup Exec 10d was chosen by Network World as a category-
    breaking product that "raises the bar" with approaches that solve today's
    IT challenges.  Symantec Backup Exec 10d for Windows Servers is designed
    for disk, delivering more reliable, faster, and more efficient true
    continuous data protection for Windows servers.  Symantec Backup Exec 10d
    revolutionizes data protection by eliminating backup windows and
    introducing the industry's first Web-based file retrieval.
    
--  Symantec Mail Security 8100 Series was named a finalist in the Best
    Messaging Product category.   Symantec Mail Security 8100 Series stops spam
    before it enters the network--reducing total e-mail volume by up to 50
    percent while ensuring the continuous flow of legitimate e-mail. By shaping
    e-mail traffic at the TCP protocol level, the unique security appliance
    prohibits spammers from forcing unwanted e-mail into the network.
    
About Network World's 2006 Best of the Tests Awards

The 2006 "Best of the Tests" Awards were bestowed by Network World upon a select few products in enterprise networking categories that registered the top performance spots in its hands-on testing program during 2005 -- the best of the best. In all, Network World tested and reported on hundreds of enterprise products in that time frame, selecting 10 winners across 10 categories.

Network World is the premier source of objective, authoritative reviews in the Network IT market, producing articles featuring both single-product and comparative product tests on a weekly basis. The publication taps into its 13-member Network World Lab Alliance, a group of highly qualified industry experts, network integrators and universities, to set methodology, conduct testing and produce the articles. Year-long testing culminates with the Best of the Tests Awards. These products are profiled in the annual Signature Series Best Products edition in February. The Best Products Issue is highlighted in a special section on the Network World Web site at www.networkworld.com/best/2006/.

About Symantec

Symantec is the global leader in information security providing a broad range of software, appliances, and services designed to help individuals, small and mid-sized businesses, and large enterprises secure and manage their IT infrastructure. Symantec's Norton brand of products is the worldwide leader in consumer security and problem-solving solutions. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 35 countries. More information is available at http://www.symantec.com.

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