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  • 19 November 2003 11:50

Symantec Announces Participation in Cisco’s Network Admission Control Program

Below is a US release that crossed the wires overnight announcing Symantec's decision to join forces with Cisco Systems to provide solutions restricting network access to only compliant and trusted client machines. If you would like to arrange an interview with a Symantec spokesperson please contact Debbie Sassine on 02 9954 3299.

News Release

Symantec Announces Participation in Cisco’s Network Admission Control Program

Symantec Teams with Cisco to Create Interoperability Between Its Leading Anti-Virus Software and Cisco’s Network Admission Control Program

CUPERTINO, Calif. - November 19, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), today announced that it has joined forces with Cisco Systems to provide solutions that restrict network access to only compliant and trusted client machines including personal computers and PDAs. With the implementation of Cisco System’s Network Admission Control (NAC) program, Symantec and Cisco are working together to help address the soaring remediation costs resulting from malicious threats entering enterprise networks.

IT administrators utilising Cisco’s NAC and Symantec technology will have the ability to set admission control policies that include consideration of the security posture of the client machines attempting to attach to the network. Out-of-compliance machines may be denied access, quarantined, or sent to a separate location for remediation, while machines in compliance with the organisations’ set policies will be granted access to the network.

“We are pleased that Symantec is participating in this collaborative program,” said Charlie Giancarlo, senior vice president and general manager of product development at Cisco Systems, Inc. “By working together, we will be able to respond with enterprise security solutions that address the pressing issues our mutual customers are facing daily.”

Cisco’s NAC software enables Symantec’s enterprise client security solutions to communicate security information, such as its current anti-virus state or firewall protection, to a Cisco network when the client machine initiates network access.

“Symantec is dedicated to working with industry leaders to provide the most comprehensive security solutions available to combat today’s blended threats,” said Gail Hamilton, executive vice president, product delivery and response at Symantec. “Symantec’s collaboration with Cisco supports Symantec’s extensive client compliancy initiative designed to promote the enforcement of remote and mobile client security policies.”

About Symantec Symantec, the world leader in Internet security technology, provides a broad range of content and network security software and appliance solutions to individuals, enterprises and service providers. The company is a leading provider of client, gateway and server security solutions for virus protection, firewall and virtual private network, vulnerability management, intrusion detection, Internet content and e-mail filtering, remote management technologies and security services to enterprises and service providers around the world. Symantec’s Norton brand of consumer security products is a leader in worldwide retail sales and industry awards. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has worldwide operations in 36 countries. For more information, please visit ###

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