Sophos named fastest growing secure content management software company in Australia

November 26, 2002 Sophos Press Release

IDC reports Sophos Anti-Virus has increased market share to 12%

IDC

Sophos (Australia) Pty Ltd, the wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based corporate anti-virus specialist Sophos Plc., was the fastest growing secure content management software company in Australia according to industry analyst group IDC, in its 'Asia/Pacific Security Software Tracker', released in October 2002.

The report, sees Sophos move into fourth position in Australia's secure content management software market, having doubled its market share from 6 to 12% in the six month period to June 2002. IDC's secure content management software research covers anti-virus software for the desktop, server and gateway as well as content management software.

"Corporate Australia has never been more aware of the potential damage viruses and worms can cause," said Natasha David, Senior Researcher, IDC Australia. "Last month's Bugbear worm proved that businesses can never be too careful when it comes to anti-virus protection. Today's corporate environment requires a solid security strategy and for users to adopt safe computing policies."

According to Stuart Palmer, Sophos's managing director for Australia and New Zealand, Australian businesses of all sizes have come to the realisation that they are at risk from a widening range of digital threats and are investing in anti-virus software and other secure content management solutions in a bid to protect themselves.

"This market realisation, combined with the strength of our product and focus on growing channel sales, has led us to capture 12% of the Australian market, stealing market share from some of our long-established competitors. Investing A$2 million in a high security virus laboratory is also a key differentiator, with research and development based in Sydney offering expert 24x7 customer support.

"The market has responded well to our 'sticking to the knitting' philosophy, whereby our core offering and core expertise lies with best-of-breed, enterprise anti-virus solutions."