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Symantec to Acquire @stake

Application Security Leader Will Expand Symantec's Security Services Capabilities

CUPERTINO, Calif. – Sept. 16, 2004 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the global leader in information security, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire @stake, Inc., a leading digital security company that helps corporations secure their critical infrastructure and applications. The transaction is expected to close in October

@stake provides digital security consulting services and award-winning security auditing and analysis products to assess and manage risk in the technologies that are deployed in corporate environments. Its consultants have a strong foundation in research and combine technical expertise with a business focus to create comprehensive security solutions to manage risks across complex enterprise IT environments. @stake's solutions enable electronic business in a variety of industries including banking and finance, e-business, software development, and telecommunications.

"Our customers are looking to us for a broad range of security expertise," said Gail Hamilton, executive vice president of Symantec Global Services and Support. "By joining forces with the leader in application security consulting, we expand the capacity and capabilities of our consulting organization, which allows us to better secure the applications that our customers develop and deploy."

In addition to its consultants' deep industry knowledge, @stake's SmartRisk services address key aspects of security, including applications, critical infrastructure, wireless and wired networks, storage systems, and education.

"As a trusted advisor to many of the world's largest companies, @stake is excited about joining Symantec. This will allow our relationships to scale and allow us to support the long-term security needs of these key customers," said James Mobley, @stake president and CEO. "Joining Symantec means that we can expand our offering to a much broader global customer base. Symantec's reputation and @stake's expertise form a powerful and complementary partnership."

@stake has gained market traction in industries such as finance, telecommunications, and software technology whose success depends upon conducting business via secure applications and complex infrastructures. Its customers include six of the world's top ten financial institutions, four of the world's top ten independent software companies and seven of the world's top ten telecommunications carriers.

Beyond its consulting services, @stake also uses a range of proprietary tools in customer engagements. @stake LC 5 is an award-winning application to help administrators comprehensively audit and recover user and administrator passwords. @stake WebProxy is a powerful and interactive application security tool that helps software developers, quality engineers, and security professionals test and enhance the security of Web applications and enables developers to observe precisely how Web applications respond to staged attacks.

@stake SmartRisk™ Analyzer is an automated solution for identifying security vulnerabilities in software applications. It allows consultants to work with developers and quality assurance teams to find and fix security flaws early in the development cycle, reducing risk and saving money on incident response.

In addition to its services and products, @stake has developed Centers of Excellence that are dedicated to researching and documenting security flaws in operating systems, networking protocols, application software, or hardware devices. Symantec plans to incorporate these complementary products and services into its global professional services to better address the security threats and technology products that face its customers today.

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