Email Virus Protection Develops New Allies

August 31, 1999 Sophos Press Release

Lansoft chooses Sophos to provide high-speed, secure, email virus protection

Sophos Inc., leading developer of network-based anti-virus solutions, today announced a licensing agreement that enables Lansoft Corporation to add improved virus-protection to its MailWatchTM email-monitoring service.

Lansoft is part of a rapidly expanding market, providing outsourced email services to IT managers who are already overworked administering internal LANs. By incorporating Sophos's anti-virus technology into MailWatch, Lansoft can now intercept a company's incoming and outgoing email communications and filter them to remove viruses, as well as check it for other security-related issues and spam. Any questionable messages are put into a quarantine file for later inspection at the customer's discretion.

"Seventy percent of businesses today rely on email as a corporate communications tool, yet less than twenty nine percent actually have implemented measures to monitor its flow for potentially detrimental viruses," said Alan Abdullahi, president of Lansoft Corporation. "Sophos's best-of-breed anti-virus technology now gives us the 'first strike' capability against these email viruses before they reach our customers."

"We're happy to be working with Lansoft," said Richard Jacobs, President of Sophos Inc. "This is yet another example of Sophos's growth strategy to provide top quality virus protection as an integrated part of turnkey network services and products. Outsourcing email is a great move for smaller companies, which can't commit resources to managing the ever-changing technology, and virus-protection is a critical component."

By automating the initial communication interception, MailWatch allows more time for network administrators to concentrate on more high-end level work. MailWatch integrates easily into any email system without the reinforcement of any additional hardware or software to perform its duties.