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IBM Picks Symantec For eNetwork Firewall Solutions

Symantec Corp.'s Norton AntiVirus products have been chosen by IBM Corp. for inclusion in the IBM eNetwork Firewall Solution Pack.

The anti-virus products that will be incorporated in IBM's network security software include Norton AntiVirus for Windows 95/98, Norton AntiVirus for Windows NT Workstation/Server and Norton AntiVirus for Internet E-mail Gateways.

Symatec said it was picked as an IBM program partner after Norton AntiVirus passed IBM's compatibility testing.

According to Symantec, few firewalls provide the robust functionality necessary for protection against viruses, unauthorized applets or executable object access, Trojan horses, internal threats, and more.

IBM said its eNetwork Firewall Solution Pack Partner Program meets these security needs. The program includes trial versions of security software from IBM and its partners. The IBM eNetwork Firewall for AIX and NT protects network and business data while enabling e-business activities.

Norton AntiVirus products boost firewall security by offering 100 percent detection of in-the-wild viruses and a built-in Trojan Horse detection engine to guard against online programs that steal passwords or destroy data. Also, its technology automatically blocks known destructive Active X and Java applets from entering a user's computer. Suspect files can be quarantined and/or encrypted and e-mailed to the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) for analysis.

"Symantec has consistently demonstrated its technical leadership in providing powerful and innovative anti-virus solutions to the market," said Gerry Young, eNetwork Firewall Project Office Manager, IBM. "By including Norton AntiVirus in our eNetwork Firewall Solution Pack, we are able to offer our customers the security they need to help ensure that their corporate data is protected from costly and destructive virus invasion."

"The IBM eNetwork Firewall Solution Pack Partner Program makes it easier for corporate customers to build more bullet-proof firewalls," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's security and assistance business unit. "Norton AntiVirus plays an important role in this program by adding invaluable virus protection functionality to the IBM eNetwork Firewall."