Sophos secures strong technology and business partnerships in Taiwan

March 12, 2002 Sophos Press Release

Move is expected to raise awareness on anti-virus measures among corporations in Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan - Sophos Anti-Virus, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, has enhanced its position as a key anti-virus vendor with the appointment of three technology partners and three business partners to market its award-winning product suite in Taiwan. This strategic move will provide corporations in Taiwan with advanced alternative anti-virus solutions from Sophos.

Sophos's new technology partners in Taiwan are: HGiga Ltd, Box-Solution Corp., and Softnext Technologies. By bundling Sophos technology into their software, they will be able to market ready-to-use corporate solutions capable of combatting virus attacks immediately.

Sophos will also be appointing three new business partners in Taiwan, namely Theta Network Technology, Asia Sys Ltd and eRexi Ltd, who will join Lansir Information Co. Ltd, Sophos's existing business partner since January 2001, to offer corporations Sophos's suite of anti-virus products. The enterprise solutions will be targeted at all levels of businesses, MNCs, Education Institutions, Utilities and Government sectors.

According to the 7th Annual Virus Prevalence Survey conducted by the ICSA Labs in 2001, the rate of malicious code infection will continue to rise. Other findings showed that computer viruses were more prevalent, costly, destructive and caused more real damage to data and systems than in the past. File corruption and data loss are also becoming much more common.

"The results of the survey indicate that there is a need to enhance anti-virus measures amongst organizations and Sophos is firmly committed to raising the level of awareness among corporates. Our technology partnerships will also ensure that organizations enjoy the most effective protection available," said Charles Cousins, Managing Director of Sophos Asia. "Furthermore, through our business partners, we are able to benefit from their local expertise to educate users on the virus threat and offer solutions to combat them."

Sophos will provide extensive support to seven 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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