Sophos signs OEM agreement with EMS-Global

September 23, 2002 Sophos Press Release

Sophos Anti-Virus protection layer added to EMS Cortex secure internet connectivity and services platform

EMS-Global

Sophos, a world leader in anti-virus protection for business, today announced it has signed an OEM agreement with EMS-Global, a provider of secure internet connectivity services and solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, Sophos Anti-Virus will now feature as an embedded element of EMS-Global's highly successful flagship product, EMS Cortex.

EMS Cortex ensures a secure internet protocol (IP) communication platform, allowing service providers, such as telcos, to give customers safe and secure access to a range of value added network services, monitored and managed around the clock.

EMS Cortex is available in Australia through 'SecurePoint', a managed services offering from AAPT. Similarly in New Zealand, EMS Cortex is the core component of the 'Safecom' offering from Telecom New Zealand, which underpins the security of Telecom's data services delivery to major corporate customers. British Telecom has introduced EMS Cortex to the United Kingdom market under the 'Ultimus' brand of security offerings. In addition, EMS Cortex is available through the Managed Service Provider (MSP) model in Australia, Asia and Europe.

"EMS Cortex offers a solution that incorporates many of the world's best security features, offering protection 24x7," said Mr Martin Freeman, Managing Director, Australia, for EMS-Global. "Sophos adds an important layer of anti-virus scanning to the EMS Cortex framework, providing heightened protection against virus attacks and greater confidence to businesses."

According to Sophos's Mr Stuart Palmer, Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, the agreement with EMS-Global represents a strategic alliance for Sophos, underscoring the company's commitment to boost sales through embedded or bundled solutions. "EMS Cortex is a great platform for service providers and, with the inclusion of Sophos Anti-Virus, offers businesses very high security," he said.

"We recognise the regional strengths of the EMS-Global offering in Australia and New Zealand through its partnerships with AAPT and Telecom New Zealand, and we are delighted that EMS-Global has selected Sophos to be its strategic partner."

About EMS-Global

EMS-Global is a major telecom security and professional services company that designs and builds smart solutions for telcos, service providers, corporate and government organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia.

Founded in 1996 by Chief Executive Officer, Waynne Dartnall, EMS-Global has more than 80 employees working from offices in Sydney, Auckland, London, and Singapore.

In 2001, 3i Plc Ltd, the largest technology venture capital investor in Europe, secured a 35% shareholding in EMS-Global. 3i is a FTSE 100 company and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. The A$13 million working capital from 3i has allowed EMS-Global to accelerate its development activities as well as strengthen operations in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. This has also led to the establishment of new channels for the core technologies created by the company's development group.

More information on EMS-Global Limited and the EMS Cortex technology platform is available at www.ems-global.com.