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Symantec Expands Option

Symantec announced the Veritas NetBackup Media Server Encryption Option (MSEO)

CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced the Veritas NetBackup Media Server Encryption Option (MSEO). NetBackup MSEO encrypts at the media server and offers a cost-effective, easy to manage solution that is based on the industry’s most robust encryption methods available for securing enterprise backup tapes. Scheduled to be available in January 2007, MSEO addresses the risk associated with transporting tapes offsite by encrypting backup data at the media server.

MSEO is a cost-effective approach because it doesn’t require an expensive encryption appliance yet has the capacity to encrypt large amounts of backup data. Since MSEO works within existing NetBackup policies and backs-up all existing NetBackup clients it is easy to manage. Furthermore, encryption at the media server results in negligible impact to the client where key critical operations take place thus increasing end-user productivity.

Over the last year, several high-profile cases of lost or stolen backup tapes that exposed thousands of confidential health and financial records demonstrated the need to encrypt sensitive data contained on backup tapes. As a result, a number of state and federal laws place strict compliance requirements on the manner in which organizations must protect sensitive data.

“Transporting unencrypted backup tapes offsite poses a huge risk for organizations, especially those that handle a high volume of confidential data such as financial or healthcare organizations,” said Mike Adams, group product marketing manager, Symantec. “Tapes can be lost or stolen. For many companies, the choice to encrypt mitigates against this risk. We feel that Symantec’s media server encryption option strikes the right balance of simple management and operation, cost-effectiveness, and powerful encryption strength.”

Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC)

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