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CUPERTINO, Calif. Symantec Corp. an Internet security provider, announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has purchased a software license permitting the deployment of Symantec AntiVirus Enterprise Edition across the federal agency's desktops and servers to defend against malicious code and cyber attacks. The license was purchased through CDW-G, a provider of technology to government and educational institutions.
Government agencies face ongoing security risks from viruses, worms and sophisticated blended threats, such as Code Red, Nimda and Klez, that target network vulnerabilities, rapidly infect via multiple means, compromise data and co-opt networks during coordinated cyber attacks. Symantec's antivirus technology gives USDA strong safeguards against malicious incidents that could adversely impact the agency's ability to execute its regulatory, research and commerce development missions.
Under the terms of a five-year blanket purchase agreement through CDW-G; which includes one base year and four one-year options, Symantec AntiVirus will protect up to 114,000 USDA servers and desktops agency-wide. In support of USDA's purchase, Symantec personnel will provide USDA with proactive technical support and 24x7 live telephone support from dedicated security experts. In addition, the Symantec Security Response team will send alerts to USDA, via pager, e-mail, phone, or fax, regarding the latest threats so that immediate agency action can be taken.