Sophos Announces Strong Commitment to Help Malaysian Enterprises Fight Against Virus Attacks

March 05, 2002 Sophos Press Release

Sophos appoints five leading business partners to deliver corporate anti-virus solution

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Sophos Anti-Virus, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, continues to strengthen its channel network in Asia as it appoints five new leading business partners in Malaysia to distribute Sophos's award-winning product suite. Sophos has already set up a strong channel of VARs and SIs in the region and this latest announcement further shows Sophos's commitment to help corporations in Malaysia to address the demand for highly effective security solutions.

Sophos's new business partners in Malaysia are: Dasar Jati Sdn Bhd, Magnifix Sdn Bhd, e-Lock Corp. Sdn Bhd, Infotech Focus, and Eastern Systems Design (M) Sdn Bhd. The five companies are all reputed technology companies in Malaysia.

A survey conducted by the National ICT Security and Emergency Response (NISER) Centre in Malaysia last year indicated that there is a growing need for corporations in Malaysia to improve their strategy in combatting increasing amount of computer-related attacks. The NISER ICT Security survey showed that of the 205 survey respondents, 47% experienced virus attack, with more than half quantifying their losses to reach RM239,000 (US$62,300) due to virus attack. The survey also reveals that most corporations in the country have ineffective security measures, with only 59% of the respondents attributing their security measures on anti-virus solutions and 47% on firewall solutions.

"Sophos is committed to providing first-class anti-virus protection and support. Through our partners in Malaysia, we are confident that we can raise the level of security awareness among enterprises in the country. In addition, we will educate corporations and government institutions on various virus threats and provide them with alternative anti-virus solutions through our partner network," Charles Cousins, Managing Director for Sophos Asia, says.

Sophos will provide support to all five business partners including training and sales tools to enable them to advise customers on safe anti-virus practice, marketing assistance, and access to a Business Partner website, where they will be able to secure information and technical support. Sophos also supports partner sales efforts by managing all aspects of software subscriptions directly, advising partners of customers' license expiry and automatically emailing details of the latest virus identities to end users.

Sophos Anti-Virus (SAV) is a unique solution to the virus problem, providing true cross-platform protection in a single, fully integrated product. The network-centric design provides for single point of installation, updating, and policy control across a complete enterprise, including across multiple locations, and across combinations of servers, workstations and notebook computers. The company has built its reputation from a strong and loyal global customer base. More than 60% of the company's worldwide turnover comes from outside the UK.

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