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Symantec Virus Protection For Handheld Devices

9 February 2006

Symantec Expands Virus Protection For Handheld Devices With New Centralised Management Capabilities And Windows Mobile 5.0 Support

Symantec Earns 2006 Mobility Award from MobileTrax, Highlighting the Company’s Leadership in Protecting Wireless Devices from Malicious Code Threats

Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), today announced Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds Corporate Edition 3.5, a comprehensive virus protection solution designed to secure wireless devices running on Palm OS, Microsoft Windows Mobile and Pocket PC platforms. Available now, Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds Corporate Edition 3.5 helps safeguard corporate assets and protects against the potential spread of malicious code downloaded from the web, email or a Wi-Fi connection, or beamed via Bluetooth or infrared ports.

With new configuration management capabilities using Symantec Client Security with the Symantec System Centre console, IT organisations can improve their overall corporate security posture with greater control over securing wireless devices accessing sensitive company data.

“Wireless technology has changed the way we conduct business, offering mobile workers constant access to business-critical applications and data,” said Sarah Hicks, vice president of mobile and wireless solutions, Symantec Corporation.

“While this flexibility expands productivity, it introduces complexity and security risk as wireless devices become a new target for hackers looking to infiltrate a corporate network. Our award winning virus protection offers a centralised management console to lock down this new attack vector to ensure enterprise-wide security.”

In recognition of Symantec’s commitment to secure mobile devices, the company has earned a 2006 Mobility Award from consulting research firm, MobileTrax. The Mobility Awards honour the best and finest mobile computing and wireless data communications products and services. The selection of Symantec in the security category underscores the value of Symantec’s approach to protecting handheld-resident data against mobile malware threats.

Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds Corporate Edition 3.5 enables secure mobile computing through on-device, real-time scanning and alerting of potential security threats. Flexible on-demand, scheduled and automatic scan options provide continuous, up-to-date virus definitions via Wireless LiveUpdate for virus removal, repair and deleting infected files. The 3.5 version also enables customers using Symantec Client Security deployed with the Symantec System Centre console to easily install a plug-in to manage configurations and policy enforcement over mobile devices. Additionally, support is now available for all Windows Mobile platforms, with the exception of Windows Smartphone, in addition to all PocketPC and Palm OS platforms.

Pricing and Availability

Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds Corporate Edition 3.5 is available now as a licence to enterprise customers. For more information on obtaining a licence or to locate a reseller, visit


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