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27 Oct 2005

Sophos ZombieAlert named as finalist in Information Management 2005 Awards

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Sophos has been named as a finalist in the IM2005 Awards.

Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against viruses, spyware and spam, has announced that its ZombieAlert™ service has been nominated for this year's Information Management 2005 Awards, in the category of "Information Security Product Award".

The Sophos ZombieAlert service identifies "zombie" computers on an organization's network. Zombie computers are infected machines that give control to unauthorized and remote users, allowing them to send spam from the computer or to launch email-based Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks against websites.

"Sophos's global network of threat analysis centers, provides around the clock visibility into new and emerging threats, including compromised computers. Sophos ZombieAlert service gives organizations the opportunity to remedy the situation and clean their systems," said Graham Cluley, senior technnology consultant for Sophos. "We're delighted to have our innovation in this area to be named as a finalist for these prestigious awards."

"Sophos is the first vendor we know of to offer an on-the-fly alert service that advises organizations that they are being used to host zombies," said David Ferris of Ferris Research when the service was launched in July. "This service is unique and very timely. I would anticipate that competitors would soon follow suit."

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 1 December. Over 1000 finalists, press, sponsors and guests were present at last year's award ceremony.

About the Information Management Awards

The Information Management Awards are the premier European recognition of excellence and innovation in the management of business information. They are the showcase for success stories. The awards recognise those companies who have demonstrated the vision and business skills to implement leading-edge technology projects to reap real business benefits, and to develop ground-breaking innovative products. The awards publicly acknowledge companies as industry leaders.

About Sophos

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing complete security solutions that are simple to deploy, manage, and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers.

Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.