Sophos, the world-leader in corporate anti-virus solutions, has
announced that it has joined the Internet Content Adaptation
Protocol (ICAP) Forum, a workgroup dedicated to the development of
a groundbreaking new internet e-services standard. Sophos will
provide its expertise to work on integrating virus scanning into
this new internet infrastructure protocol.
The ICAP Forum is addressing the need for a defined way for
network-based applications to communicate with edge devices such as
caching and content delivery systems. The developing open protocol
will allow enterprises, content providers and ISPs to seamlessly
conduct e-services such as virus scanning, language translation and
content filtering from any internet access device.
"As Europe's leading antivirus developer, Sophos has
considerable experience in working with ISPs and ASPs to integrate
anti-virus technology into their systems," said Graham Cluley, head
of corporate communications for Sophos Anti-Virus. "Sophos is
pleased to endorse the ICAP standard as it will further enable ISPs
to offer their customers the world's best virus protection."
Sophos is developing the protocol with other members of the ICAP
forum, including Akamai, Cobalt Networks, Direct Hit, Google,
InfoLibria, Network Appliance, Novell, Oracle, Secure Computing,
Many of the world's leading businesses, ISPs and ASPs already
use Sophos Anti-Virus Interface (SAVI) technology to combine
Sophos's anti-virus capabilities with firewalls, email servers,
encryption devices and other security-related devices.