Sophos appoints business partners in the Philippines

May 28, 2002 Sophos Press Release

Move to meet rapidly expanding local demand for Sophos's anti-virus solutions

Manila - Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, has enhanced its position as a key vendor with the appointment of seven new business partners in the Philippines. This strategic move will greatly increase the availability of Sophos's product suite to enterprises throughout the Philippines.

Sophos's new business partners in the Philippines are: Micro Genesis, InfoBahn, Gable Computing, I-Secure, TechSecure, Tridel Technology Inc. and Trends & Technologies, Inc. These companies will offer Sophos's extensive suite of anti-virus solutions to all levels of businesses - including MNCs, educational institutions, utilities and government bodies in the country.

Today, there are over 73,000 computer viruses in existence with hundreds more discovered each month. In the Philippines, there has been an increasing number of internet/extranet users, leading to a rise in virus propagation. Two years ago, the infamous Love Bug was allegedly written in and distributed from the Philippines. To further protect organisations within the country against computer viruses and hack attacks, last year the Philippine government enacted their e-Commerce Law.

"The continuous reports of enterprises being infected by computer viruses indicates that some still do not have adequate protection in place," said Charles Cousins, Managing Director of Sophos Asia. "A multi-layered approach, combined with safe computing practices, is essential to building a complete defence. Sophos, in partnership with these companies, is able to deliver this."

Sophos will provide extensive support to the seven partners including training and sales tools to enable them to advise customers on safe anti-virus practices, 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.

The Sophos product range offers a unique solution to the virus problem, providing all-points protection for corporate users. 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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