Sophos expands partner network in Thailand; appoints four additional business partners

November 28, 2002 Sophos Press Release

Protecting Thai enterprises against virus attacks main thrust in entering market

Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, is expanding its network in Thailand with the appointment of four more leading business partners, to distribute its award-winning product suite. This strategic move will greatly increase the availability of Sophos's world-class anti-virus solutions to enterprises throughout Thailand.

Sophos's new business partners are; NetONE Network Solutions Co Ltd, OGA SynCom Co Ltd, DanaiCorp Ltd and Technology Infrastructure Co Ltd. They join existing partners, Cyber Power Co Ltd and WCT Co Ltd. The six companies are all reputed leaders in IT security solutions in the country.

Analyst group IDC predicts more destructive and harder-to-detect 'blended threats' or 'hybrid worms' will become increasingly common. Viruses that use multiple methods of attack like Nimda are expected to become more frequent and continue to cause security headaches for network administrators. Businesses in Thailand are therefore encouraged to deploy effective anti-virus software, keep it up-to-date and practice safe computing.

"Security breaches of all kinds, especially virus infections, result in bad publicity for a company. Organisations can also suffer significant economic losses due to virus attacks, something that is particularly worrying in today's tough economic conditions," said Charles Cousins, managing director of Sophos Anti-Virus Asia. "Anti-virus software plays a major part in subverting these threats along with formulating a safe computing policy. Our new and existing partners in Thailand are on-hand to assist with both of these aspects."

The Asia Pacific anti-virus market is estimated to be worth US$289.3 million in 2002 and is forecast to reach US$456.4 million by 2004. "The Thailand market for secure content management software was US$1.6 million in 2001. IDC expects this market to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 25% to reach US$5.0 million by 2006. Drivers in this market are an increasing awareness of security as a competitive strategy as well as increased use of the internet/intranets as a business strategy. Companies are finding it harder to combat the more sophisticated virus threats that are emerging as a global menace without a comprehensive and holistic security architecture," said Natasha David, Senior Analyst, Security Software, IDC Asia Pacific.

Sophos partners with local companies throughout the world to gain and sustain market share. Sophos provides its partners with its award-winning anti-virus technology, extensive sales, marketing and technical support while partners offer local expertise and market knowledge in return.

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.