Computer Virus Prevention is Goal of New Program Announced by Symantec

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Cupertino, Calif - 21 Dec 1998: ... Symantec Corporation today announced expansion of its program to educate corporations about the need to install leading-edge computer anti-virus software that is updated monthly so that infection by the latest viruses can be prevented.

The new initiative is targeted at three groups of customers: those who now have no anti-virus protection on their computers now, those who have anti-virus software from IBM, as well as companies now using anti-virus products from Network Associates.

The initiative follows the announcement earlier this year that Symantec was licensing IBM's immune system technology and patents and combining it with its own technology to produce a range of products and solutions to support IBM platforms. As part of that agreement, IBM assigned its existing anti-virus customers and OEM contracts to Symantec, and is encouraging its customers who currently have installed IBM anti-virus software to convert to Symantec's Norton anti-virus software to get the monthly virus signature update files that IBM is no longer providing.

More than 3,500 companies, representing approximately two million seats, have committed to transition from IBM AntiVirus to Norton AntiVirus since the alliance was announced. By working together, Symantec and IBM Global Services are aiming to help additional customers using IBM AntiVirus and other anti-virus products make the transition as well. IBM Global Services is now recommending Norton AntiVirus to all new customers as its standard anti-virus solution.

"As IBM and Symantec continue to grow their businesses, a natural next step is to seek out companies that are not aware of the exposure they have to computer viruses that can shut down their entire orgnanizations. We also are going after IBM Global Services customers who haven't converted yet to Norton AntiVirus, as well as others who use Network Associates solutions," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "Through our alliance with IBM and purchase of Intel's anti-virus business in September, Symantec can offer these customers a single solution that incorporates the best technology available to detect and eliminate viruses across an entire network."

"We will be seeking to educate companies and enterprises of all sizes, regardless of whether they are using IBM AntiVirus or any other anti-virus product," Salem added. "Most importantly, we're concerned that a large number of companies who have no virus protection today. These companies, are at risk of losing critical data."

George Welyczkowsky, director of technology, service delivery at IBM Global Services, said: "IBM entered into its alliance with Symantec because we believe Norton AntiVirus is the best product in the industry and for our customers. Our companies are jointly developing the Norton AntiVirus technology to provide an even better solution. By helping IBM Global Services' customers migrate to Norton AntiVirus, we are delivering on our commitment to provide them with the best technology and service to meet their needs."

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