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Sophos Experts to Address Anti-Virus Conference in Sydney

  • 30 October, 2003 10:55

Sydney - 30th October 2003</p>
<p>Sophos, a world-leader in anti-virus and anti-spam protection for businesses, has announced that two anti-virus experts from its Sydney research laboratory will be addressing the Sixth Annual Anti-Virus Asia Researchers (AVAR) Conference next month.</p>
<p>Paul Ducklin, Sophos's Head of Technology, Asia Pacific, and Sophos Virus Researcher Sean McDonald, will join other prominent experts from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, the UK and the USA at the conference.</p>
<p>AVAR aims to assist the development of cooperative relationships among anti-virus researchers in Asia and to raise awareness of computer security issues. AVAR2003 is focused on malicious code, and will cover:
( Emerging malicious code threats
( Technology at risk -- dealing with the threats today and in the future</p>
<p>Paul Ducklin's presentation will tackle the hot issue of who holds responsibility for computer security. Ducklin will discuss how computer security vendors, corporate IT managers, internet service providers,legislators and law enforcement can work together against malicious code.</p>
<p>Sean McDonald will address the conference alongside independent anti-virus researcher Nick Fitzgerald. Their joint presentation will examine ways of working with the latest viruses, many of which consist of a number of separate components which come together to do their damage.</p>
<p>This is the first time that the AVAR Conference is being held in Australia. AVAR2003 takes place from 5 - 7 November 2003 at the Westin Hotel, Sydney.</p>
<p>For additional information and registration details, see</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 four Computer Virus Research and Development Laboratories to provide global support services.</p>
<p>For Further Information:
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:
Derek Evans (
+61 2 9957 5555 (tel)
+61 410 601 673 (mobile)
+61 2 9957 5575 (fax)</p>

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