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  • 14 July, 2003 15:07

14 July 2003</p>
<p>Sophos, a world leader in anti-virus protection for businesses, has announced Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X. The new anti-virus product will be introduced at the MacWorld Expo in New York on 16-18 July.</p>
<p>While maintaining an outstanding defence against all known viruses, Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X builds upon earlier versions of Sophos Anti-Virus for the Macintosh platform, including new security features and an enhanced user interface.</p>
<p>Security features have been designed to assist system administrators in a corporate environment: end-users can be prevented from uninstalling Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X, ensuring the computers remain protected 24 hours a day. As a user accesses files, Sophos's patented on-access scanning technology, InterCheck, transparently intercepts them to ensure that they are free of all known viruses.</p>
<p>Third-party developers producing security products for Mac OS X can now also incorporate the Sophos virus scanning technology into their own solutions.</p>
<p>"We are delighted to see this new Mac OS X virus solution. Data security is of great importance to Apple customers and the Sophos API is a great way for other developers to add virus-scanning functionality to their own products," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations.</p>
<p>"Skidmore College has been using Sophos Anti-Virus since 2001 on all platforms, including Mac and we have been able to maintain consistent virus protection since we deployed the software", said Tom Marcotte, senior consultant, Center for Information Technology Services at Skidmore College in New York. "SAV for Mac OS X is equipped with an on-access scanner, which has minimal impact on network performance. We are quite pleased with the added security and functionality."</p>
<p>Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X offers comprehensive virus detection and disinfection against Macintosh, macro and PC viruses. It checks local hard disks, removable media and networks, operating in on-access and on-demand modes. Its unique architecture intelligently determines which files need to be virus checked with a minimal performance overhead.</p>
<p>The product offers centralised installation, configuration, updating and reporting, making it the preferred choice for companies wishing to protect their entire enterprise.</p>
<p>Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X has also been designed as a native OS X graphical application to provide an intuitive and simple user interface</p>
<p>"Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X gives customers the best of three worlds," said Paul Ducklin, Chief Technology Officer for Sophos Anti-Virus. "If you're an end-user, then the native OS X interface makes the product intuitive. If you're a system administrator turned on by Mac OS X's Unix heritage, then the command-line interface is right up your street. If you're a programmer, then the Sophos Anti-Virus Interface means you can integrate Sophos's virus engine directly into your own products."</p>
<p>The full release of Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X will be available in August on the Sophos website. Presently, the beta version is available on the Sophos website at</p>
<p>About Sophos:
Sophos is the largest specialist developer of anti-virus software and protects more than 20 million computer users against virus attacks, worldwide. Sophos is headquartered in the UK and offers its products through a global network of subsidiaries and certified partners in more than 150 countries. Sophos products, backed by award-winning 24-hour customer support, are deployed by all types of organisations, including small- to medium-sized businesses, large corporations, banks, governments and educational institutions.</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>
Paul Ducklin ( is available for comment:
+61 407 320 515 (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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