SOURCE: Symantec

January 29, 2007 08:00 ET

Symantec Information Foundation Protects Against Risks to Enterprise Information

Built on Industry-Leading Security and Archiving Solutions, New Integrated Suite Prevents Data Loss and Reduces E-Discovery Costs

CUPERTINO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 29, 2007 -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced Symantec Information Foundation 2007, a new, integrated information security and archiving suite that provides a common framework for consistently enforcing content control policies across the enterprise, from e-mail gateway security to archiving. With Symantec Information Foundation, IT professionals can help proactively prevent the risk of data loss and policy violations, while rapidly and cost-effectively responding to electronic discovery (E-Discovery) requests.

In addition, Symantec also announced today the availability of the beta version of Symantec Information Foundation Mail Security 6.0 for Exchange, a key solution in the Symantec Information Foundation suite. Scheduled to be generally available in March, the solution will provide market-leading technologies to reduce risks to information flowing internally as well as in and out of the enterprise via Microsoft Exchange servers, including Microsoft Exchange 2007.

"All systems that are used to exchange and store information within an organization are vulnerable to an increasing range of security, compliance, and legal risks," said Francis deSouza, vice president of the Information Foundation Group, Symantec Corp. "Symantec Information Foundation helps organizations protect themselves against theses risks across the wide range of e-mail, instant messaging, Web communications, file sharing, and other information systems within the enterprise."

Specifically, Symantec Information Foundation offers the following differentiating capabilities:

--  Consistent content controls with automatic classification and policy
    enforcement for effective risk management - As information flows across the
    network gateway, internal servers, and enterprise archive, Symantec
    Information Foundation consistently captures, scans, and classifies content
    based on risk and business value.
--  Integrated incident management and remediation for ensuring risk
    management compliance - As policy violations such as confidential
    information loss, customer data disclosure, and regulatory compliance
    breaches are detected, incidents are automatically created and escalated
    for review and action.
--  Centralized archiving, audit, and discovery - Data flagged as
    suspicious or violating policy can be proactively retained as evidence for
    future discovery and investigation.
"Disjointed, piece-part compliance solutions offer little extensibility and suffer from high administrative overhead," according to Christian Christiansen, IDC VP of Security Product and Services. "With Information Foundation, Symantec offers a compliance infrastructure that can handle future regulatory and internal compliance demands. Its integration provides the capability to reduce IT workloads, simplify policy administration, and improve audit execution."

Built on Symantec's market-leading antivirus, anti-spam, content filtering, archiving, retention, E-Discovery, and policy management technologies, Symantec Information Foundation provides integrated protection for information contained in enterprise e-mail, instant messaging, Web communications, portals, file sharing, and other enterprise information systems. In addition, Symantec Information Foundation simplifies administration by consolidating a single platform from a single vendor, which enables IT organizations to reduce their ongoing management and maintenance costs while effectively managing risk through a common policy framework.

Symantec Information Foundation includes the following market-leading technologies: Symantec Enterprise Vault, Symantec Enterprise Vault Discovery Accelerator, Symantec Enterprise Vault Compliance Accelerator, Symantec Mail Security 8300 Series, Symantec IM Manager, Symantec Information Foundation Mail Security for Exchange, Symantec Mail Security for Domino, and Symantec Web Security for Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA).


Symantec Information Foundation is available as a single enterprise license and is priced on a subscription basis, per user, per year. Estimated pricing starts at US $95 per user, per year, with volume and multi-year discounts available.


Symantec Information Foundation is available through Symantec's worldwide network of value-added authorized resellers, distributors and systems integrators. Organizations can be connected with Symantec's resellers and distributors in their areas by visiting the Symantec Solution Provider Locator at

Symantec customers interested in working with the beta version of Symantec Information Foundation Mail Security 6.0 for Exchange should contact their Symantec account manager for more information or visit

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