Sophos Anti-virus expands into the Philippines with the appointment of Bitstop in Northern Luzon

August 04, 2003 Sophos Press Release

Baguio City, Philippines - Sophos, a world leader in anti-virus protection for businesses, announced today that it is now marketing its solutions in Northern Luzon, Philippines, with the appointment of Bitstop Inc as its business partner in the region. This will expand Sophos's sales network in the country and provide businesses with reliable anti-virus solutions, protecting networks against computer viruses, worms and Trojans.

The IT market in the Philippines is continuing to grow steadily. According to the Department of Trade and Industry, the first quarter of this year's investments in IT and IT-enabled services accounted for 15 per cent of total foreign capital to enter the country.

"As an IT company, Sophos is committed to the Philippines and will continue to appoint partners to raise business security standards," remarked Charles Cousins, managing director of Sophos Anti-Virus Asia. "As more companies invest in the Philippines, having reliable anti-virus solutions available is critical to protect their investments. With the appointment of business partners Bitstop in the Northern Luzon region, - Sophos now has a presence not only in Manila and Cebu but in Northern Luzon as well has greatly increased its coverage of the Philippine market opportunity."

Bitstop Inc. was first established in 1989, selling computer accessories and systems to corporate clients. Since 1990, Bitstop has also offered high-quality computer solutions and services to all businesses. As the only Microsoft Certified Partner and Cisco Premier Partner in Northern Luzon, the company offers design, implementation products into client systems as well as providing IT consultancy to educational institutions.

"Sophos Anti-Virus solutions are well known in the Philippines as they offer integrated cross-platform support for servers, desktops and laptops, as well as timely, regular and transparent updates to its customers. We are confident that we can work with Sophos to penetrate the enterprise market in Northern Luzon, and we believe that many businesses can benefit from the partnership by minimizing their security risks," stated Wilson Chua, President of Bitstop Inc.

Bitstop presently has a team of 40 experienced staff implementing a range of telecommunications, internet and IT services to enterprises. It is the only Windows Media Service Provider in the Philippines to offer webcasting. Bitstop offers services to businesses in Dagupan City, Baguio, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. It is also an authorized reseller of the following companies: Intel, HP, Epson, and IBM, Autodesk, Borland, Lotus, Adobe, Novell and MYOB. Its customer-base represent a variety of industries, from food and beverage, technology to power companies. They include San Miguel Corp, Texas Instruments, San Roque Power Corp, Mirant Sual and Tarlac Electric Corp.

A free email notification service for new virus threats is available from www.sophos.com/virusinfo/notifications/.