Sophos extends virus protection for Mac users with the availability of Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X

July 14, 2003 Sophos Press Release

Award-winning Sophos Anti-Virus provides on-access scanning on Mac OS X

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

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.

Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X has also been designed as a native OS X graphical application to provide an intuitive and simple user interface.

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.

"The release of Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X shows once again that Sophos is dedicated to offering the best virus protection for all the major operating systems," said Phil Wood, product manager at Sophos. "We are proud to be offering this world-class anti-virus solution to Mac OS X users and administrators, and we know that third-party developers will be pleased with the opportunities to build virus-scanning into their own products."

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 minimal performance overhead.

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

"Skidmore College has been using Sophos Anti-Virus since 2001 on all platforms, including Mac and we have been able to maintain consistent virus protection since we deployed the software", said Tom Marcotte, senior consultant, Center for Information Technology Services at Skidmore College in New York. "SAV for Mac OS X is equipped with an on-access scanner, which has minimal impact on network performance. We are quite pleased with the added security and functionality."

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

Sophos will be showing the product to the public at MacWorld CreativePro at the Javits Center in New York on July, 16-18, 2003. Sophos will be exhibiting in the MacTech Central Special Interest Pavilion (SIP).