Sophos and Mirapoint partner to deliver unparalleled virus barrier

November 06, 2001 Sophos Press Release

Sophos Anti-Virus chosen to enhance security for Mirapoint customers

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Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, and Mirapoint, a leading provider of Internet messaging infrastructure products, today announced a partnership to offer Mirapoint customers increased protection against harmful, email-borne viruses using Sophos's anti-virus technology. By combining the messaging expertise of Mirapoint with Sophos's excellence in virus detection, service providers and enterprises will be able to guard against virus threats through an integrated, turnkey server appliance.

Email-borne viruses are the most common method for infiltrating a company's network and cause significant financial damage. According to the International Computer Security Association Labs, a division of TruSecure Corporation, over 80 per cent of all computer viruses enter an enterprise or service provider environment via email, causing thousands of pounds of damage in terms of lost data and productivity time.

"Service providers and corporations rely on their messaging infrastructure to support the flow of mission-critical communications and business suffers if these systems are compromised by viruses," said Satish Ramachandran, chairman and CEO, Mirapoint. "The Mirapoint/Sophos solution provides customers with a scaleable, high-performance product that is designed to handle moderate and large-scale anti-virus requirements. This partnership will help prevent financial and data loss caused by virus attacks."

Sophos's anti-virus capabilities can be easily combined with firewalls, email servers, encryption devices and other security-related devices. Sophos Anti-Virus will complement and enhance the existing levels of security inherent in Mirapoint's products and will further enable them to provide one of the most effective and easily deployed anti-virus solutions. The product is extremely easy to install and maintain because of the tight integration of the Sophos Anti-Virus technology with the Mirapoint Operating System. This approach enables customers to reduce administrative and infrastructure costs by eliminating the need for a separate, dedicated virus scanning platform server. The integrated solution also can easily scale to meet increasing security requirements.

"Mirapoint's selection of Sophos Anti-Virus reinforces our level of leadership within the secure computing industry," said Dr Jan Hruska, joint CEO at Sophos Anti-Virus. "The combination of our reliable virus protection software with Mirapoint's products and technology will provide clients with an easily managed, integrated gateway virus defence system."

Pricing and availability

Sophos Anti-Virus is available now worldwide on Mirapoint's Internet Message Servers, used for storing messages, and on Internet Message Directors, used to route incoming and outgoing messages. Pricing is based on the number of users and is discounted at larger volumes. For more information, visit Mirapoint's website at www.mirapoint.com.

About Mirapoint

Founded in 1997, Mirapoint designs and manufactures specialised, dedicated Internet messaging solutions optimised for fast deployment in service provider and enterprise environments worldwide. Mirapoint's cost-effective and modular solutions provide customers with high performance, high reliability, built-in security and easy integration with legacy messaging infrastructure. Named to Upside Magazine's Top 100 Private Companies list for 2001 for Internet Infrastructure, Mirapoint is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information on Mirapoint, visit its website at www.mirapoint.com.

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