Sophos announces ESCO (CSM Ltd) as first Certified Partner in Scotland

June 05, 2002 Sophos Press Release

Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, today announced the appointment of its first certified partner in Scotland, ESCO (Computers and Systems Maintenance Ltd), providers of computer support services to businesses throughout Scotland.

"Sophos's longstanding reputation as an expert in computer viruses made it an obvious partner," said Graeme Scott, managing director of ESCO. "Not only this, but the product is both highly effective and easy to administer. We also know that, should we ever need support from Sophos, someone is always available to answer the phone and solve the problem."

Certified partner status is achieved by consistently meeting ambitious sales targets, completing sales and technical training with Sophos, promoting the Sophos brand and providing technical support to customers. In return, Sophos certified partners benefit from higher margins, an enhanced business renewal programme and dedicated marketing assistance.

"Sophos is always keen to work with partners who have similar values to its own," said Oliver Carter, channel sales manager for Sophos Plc. "ESCO has consistently demonstrated its commitment to Sophos, and is able to offer customers support and practical advice on the virus threat. I am confident that its success is set to continue."

ESCO already has a strong and loyal customer base - many of whom have installed Sophos Anti-Virus as part of their overall network security policy.

"Maintaining corporate systems is no longer a simple task - virus protection forms an integral part of any IT policy," said Alistair Kennedy, sales and marketing manager at Lo Salt, an ESCO customer. "We rely on ESCO to maintain, upgrade and support vital networks, and to manage our deployment of Sophos Anti-Virus. Working with ESCO ensures we remain protected against the virus threat."

For more information on Sophos's partners and information on the partner programme visit: www.sophos.com/partners.

About ESCO (CSM Ltd)

ESCO was initially set up to fulfill the general computing needs of small to medium sized companies in Scotland. Following a period of substantiated growth ESCO expanded its portfolio to include a range of computer support services. They now design, supply, install and maintain computer networks for a multitude of organisations throughout Scotland.