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Sophos Joins Microsoft Virus Information Alliance

  • 25 February, 2004 20:40

Sydney, 25 February 2004</p>
<p>Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against spam and viruses, today announced that it has joined the Virus Information Alliance, an industry initiative founded by Microsoft Corp. and consisting of ten leading anti-virus vendors. The alliance aims to provide Microsoft customers with accurate and relevant information about the latest virus threats affecting Microsoft technology.</p>
<p>As part of the initiative, virus researchers in Sophos labs around the globe will share timely analyses of new virus threats with Microsoft and other members of the alliance. The alliance's findings will be made available to Microsoft customers and will include details about how a new attack is propagated, what targets are being attacked, and how customers can reduce exposure and minimise impact.</p>
<p>"This alliance between the leading anti-virus software vendors and Microsoft is a great step forward. Computer security, whether it be a small office or a large enterprise network, requires constant attention and this alignment of industry resources will strongly assist in this endeavour. We are delighted to have joined the alliance and look forward to sharing technical information," said Rob Forsyth, managing director at Sophos for Australia and New Zealand.</p>
<p>Exchanging its anti-virus expertise with alliance members means Sophos, whose award-winning anti-virus software protects more than 25 million computers against viruses, is able to better serve Microsoft customers, and help reduce businesses' exposure to emerging threats.</p>
<p>Sophos has a network of virus and spam labs around the world, ensuring businesses globally are protected from the latest virus and spam threats. Sophos analysts in Oxford UK, Sydney Australia, Boston USA, and Vancouver Canada, maintain a round-the-clock vigil monitoring new internet threats as they emerge and produce rapid response protection.</p>
<p>"Security is a global, industry-wide issue and we look forward to working together with Sophos and other VIA members to help us continue to provide customers with timely and prescriptive security information," said Mark Miller, security incident response manager at Microsoft.</p>
<p>About Sophos.
Sophos is a world leading specialist developer of anti-virus and anti-spam software. Sophos is headquartered in the UK and protects all types of organisations, including small to medium sized businesses, large corporations, banks, governments and educational institutions against viruses and spam. The company is acclaimed for delivering the highest level of customer satisfaction and protection in the industry. Sophos's products, backed by 24 hour support are sold and supported in more than 150 countries.</p>
<p>Sophos's regional head office for Australia and New Zealand is in Sydney and hosts one of the company's three Computer Virus Research and Development Laboratories to provide global support services.</p>
Rob Forsyth ( is available for comment:
+61 417 234 176 (mobile)
+61 2 9409 9100 (tel)
+61 2 9409 9191 (fax)</p>
<p>Sophos's press contact at Gotley Nix Evans is:
Michael Henderson (
+61 2 9957 5555 (tel)
+61 413 054 738 (mobile)
+61 2 9957 5575 (fax)</p>

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