Sophos brings industrial-strength virus protection to Mac OS X

July 15, 2003 Sophos Press Release

Singapore - Sophos, a world leader in anti-virus protection for businesses, will be introducing its new anti-virus product at the MacWorld Expo on the 16-18 July.

While maintaining an outstanding defense against all known viruses, Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X builds upon earlier versions of Sophos Anti-Virus for the Macintosh platform, including new security features and an enhanced user interface.

Security features have been designed to assist system administrators in a corporate environment: end-users can be prevented from uninstalling Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X, ensuring the computers remain protected 24 hours a day. As a user accesses files, Sophos's patented on-access scanning technology, InterCheck, transparently intercepts them to ensure that they are free of all known viruses.

"We started using Sophos Anti Virus for the Mac and so far we are very satisfied with the results," said Matthew Baile, Chief Operating Officer for Lexibook Group, a French consumer electronics company. "We have been using Lotus Notes for the past 10 years and have always been able to maximise its capabilities, even when running SAV for Mac. SAV for Mac OS X is equipped with an on-access scanner, which has minimal impact on network performance. We are delighted with the added security and functionality."

Third-party developers producing security products for Mac OS X can now incorporate the Sophos virus scanning technology into their own products.

"We are delighted to see this new Mac OS X virus solution. Data security is of great importance to Apple customers, and the Sophos API is a great way for other developers to add virus-scanning functionality to their own products," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations.

Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X offers comprehensive virus detection and disinfection against Macintosh, macro and PC viruses. It checks local hard disks, removable media and networks, operating in on-access and on-demand modes. Its unique architecture intelligently determines which files need to be virus checked with a minimal performance overhead.

The product offers centralised installation, configuration, updating and reporting, making it the preferred choice for companies wishing to protect their entire enterprise.

"Sophos is proud to be offering this world-class anti-virus solution to Mac OS X users and administrators," said Charles Cousins, managing director for Sophos Anti-Virus Asia. "We know that third-party developers will be delighted with the opportunities to build virus-scanning into their own products."

The full release of Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X will be available in August on the Sophos website.