Sophos and Sendmail to provide Internet-borne virus protection for organisations worldwide

April 19, 2000 Sophos Press Release

Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus solutions and Sendmail, Inc., the dominant provider of Internet mail servers, today announced a technology partnership that will provide a powerful solution to protect enterprise and service provider customers from Internet-borne viruses. Sendmail customers will now have access to the world's most powerful virus protection using Sophos Anti-Virus technology.

Sophos is providing server-level virus defence by integrating its Sophos Anti-Virus Interface (SAVI) with products in the Sendmail Switch product line, using Sendmail's recently launched Content Management API. Integrated server-level virus scanning is fast and flexible, eliminating viruses before they reach end-user desktops.

"Internet Mail has become an essential communication tool for business, and so it is imperative that viruses are detected and destroyed at the Internet gateway," said Graham Cluley, head of corporate communications for Sophos. "By combining Sophos Anti-Virus technology with the Sendmail Switch, we are effectively policing the front line, ensuring that company's internal mail systems are not open to infection."

Sophos's partnership with Sendmail enables every element of both inbound and outbound email messages, including the body and all attachments, to be scanned as they pass thorough the mail routing system. This integrated approach dramatically accelerates performance and provides greater control for determining how to identify and process virus-infected messages.

"Viruses are costing businesses worldwide millions of pounds every year," said Greg Olson, CEO for Sendmail. "Because Sendmail software routes the vast majority of mail across the Internet, it is crucial that we provide our customers with the best tools available to combat these viruses. Sendmail's integration with Sophos is a powerful tool for eliminating the virus threat before it is even delivered."

Sophos will announce when Sophos Anti-Virus for Sendmail is available.

About Sendmail, Inc.

Sendmail is the latest in a long line of software companies, businesses, ISPs and ASPs choosing to integrate Sophos's powerful virus-finding technology with their software and services. Using Sophos Anti-Virus Interface (SAVI) technology, third party vendors and service providers can combine Sophos's anti-virus capabilities with firewalls, email servers, encryption devices and other security-related devices. Based in Emeryville, California, U.S.A., privately held Sendmail, Inc. delivers the ubiquitous Sendmail Internet Mail platform for e-communications, applications, and services. Sendmail, Inc. collaborates with its commercial customers, partners and the Open Source community to advance the Internet Mail platform powering the majority of mail servers on the Internet today. For additional information on Sendmail, Inc., please visit www.sendmail.com.