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01 Dec 2005

Sophos joins Microsoft SecureIT Alliance

SecureIT Alliance
Sophos has joined the SecureIT Alliance.

Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against viruses, Trojans, spyware and spam, has announced its membership of Microsoft's SecureIT Alliance, an industry initiative designed to help improve security for businesses running Microsoft operating systems.

As part of the Alliance, Sophos will collaborate with other SecureIT members in building new shared technologies to combat the growing number of IT security threats faced by businesses worldwide. Sophos will also work to improve integration and interoperability between existing security solutions, easing the workload for network administrators currently running software from different alliance members.

"Security is an issue that affects everyone involved in IT, and the SecureIT Alliance will allow the industry to join forces and work towards providing a better customer experience," said Mark Harris, global director of SophosLabs™. "By exchanging our development expertise with other alliance members, we will be able to offer improved security solutions for all our Windows-based customers."

The SecureIT Alliance is developing a community website (www.secureitalliance.org), which will enable ongoing communication between members during the development process of Windows applications. The site will also be available to the public, helping users address their security needs by accessing security-related information in a number of formats, including white papers, case studies, videos, and presentations.

"It's encouraging to see so many industry leaders collaborating on the IT security problem, in order to help meet the needs of our shared customers," said Bruce Burns, senior director at Microsoft Corporation. "The SecureIT Alliance will help improve the level of protection available, while members will also benefit from improved knowledge of integrating with the Microsoft platform."

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.