Sophos strengthens position with additional business partners

July 18, 2002 Sophos Press Release

Highlights increasing demand for enterprise anti-virus solutions

Hong Kong - Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, has appointed four more business partners in Hong Kong in response to growing demand for their suite of anti-virus products. The company has had two business partners in the area for several years, and now plans to build on its success in this market following the selection of four further partners.

Sophos's new partners in Hong Kong are; Datalink Business Solutions Ltd., Data World Computer and Communications Ltd., Thiz Technology Group Ltd. and Unitech Computer Systems Ltd. They will join Sophos's existing partners in the region, which include Yui Kee Computing Ltd. and Linux centre (Hong Kong) Ltd., offering Sophos's award-winning anti-virus solutions to organisations throughout the SAR.

Despite an increasing awareness of the virus threat, companies still need to remain vigilant and ensure that they have all of the appropriate virus prevention measures in place. A survey conducted by the Hong Kong Productivity Council last year revealed that more than half of the 1,517 enterprises polled that had installed servers and web sites reported 2-4 virus incidents. The study showed that the average number of attacks per affected company had risen from 2.6 times in 2000 to 3.5 times in 2001, signifying an undesirable upward shift. Survey data also confirmed that virus attacks continued to be the most prevalent type of computer attack during 2001.

"Very few companies nowadays are willing to compromise on anti-virus protection, and as a result we are continuing to make significant in-roads into this market," said Charles Cousins, managing director of Sophos Asia. "Many corporates are taking the virus threat more seriously, but with new malicious code emerging every day there is no room for complacency. Sophos, in conjunction with its partners, is promoting not only its products but is also educating users and helping to implement safe computing practices across the board."

Sophos has chosen to work with companies who are equipped with both local expertise and a sound understanding of technology and security-related issues. In return, Sophos offers extensive sales, marketing and technical support to all of its business partners. 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 customer base. More than 60% of the company's worldwide turnover comes from outside the UK.