Sophos appoints HPS as its first business partner in Cebu

June 20, 2003 Sophos Press Release

Meeting the growing demand for robust anti-virus solutions

Cebu, the Philippines - Sophos, a world leader in anti-virus protection for businesses, announced today that it has appointed HPS Software & Communications Corp as its first business partner in Cebu. This strategic move will enable Sophos to expand its distribution network in the Philippines, helping more businesses prevent computer viruses, worms and Trojan attacks.

"The anti-virus market in the Philippines is continuing to grow rapidly. After companies suffered serious losses as a result of the "Love Bug" and Nimda worm in 2001, having an anti-virus solution is now the top priority for many businesses," remarked Charles Cousins, managing director of Sophos Anti-Virus Asia. "We have noticed an increased demand for anti-virus solutions in Cebu recently. The appointment of HPS as our first business partner in Cebu will pave the way for Sophos to make a strong impact on the Philippine anti-virus market."

HPS, established in 1998, is one of the first IT company to be based in Cebu, offering a range of IT solutions from industry heavyweights like Cisco, HP, Lotus and Microsoft to corporate customers. With the addition of Sophos Anti-Virus solutions, the company can now offer an unrivalled level of security to its clients.

"Sophos Anti-Virus solutions offer multi-user support as well as timely, regular and transparent updates to its customers. We are confident that we can help Sophos to penetrate the enterprise market in Cebu. We also hope to raise security levels in companies in Cebu by minimizing their security risks through this partnership," stated Stanley Yap, managing director of HPS Software & Communications Corp.

HPS presently has a team of 30 staff who are experienced in the implementation of a range of IT services and business solutions such as unified messaging, e-learning, document management, and custom software programming. It is a Cisco Premier Certified Partner, and is the only Microsoft Certified Training Centre in the city of Cebu. Its customers include Globe Telecom, Lexmark, Fairchild, University of Cebu, Matimco and Innodata XML.

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