Sophos strengthens relationship with GROUP technologies

November 30, 2006 Sophos Press Release

IT security firm Sophos and GROUP technologies AG, email management specialists, have announced the extension of their strategic partnership by integrating SAV interface and Sophos Anti-Spam interface into IQ.Suite for Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange for GROUP Technologies. Version 3.0 of Sophos PureMessage for Notes/Domino also incorporates policy management for email disclaimers within IQ.Suite.

Providing companies with a centrally managed security solution to protect Lotus Notes clients from malware and spam, Sophos PureMessage for Notes/Domino is automatically updated with threat protection from SophosLabs, Sophos's global network of analysis centers.

IQ.Suite, a comprehensive server-based solution for email management from GROUP, enables incoming and outgoing emails to be scanned for malware and spam as well as archived according to legal requirements.

"Integration of Sophos's anti-virus and anti-spam capabilities into GROUP's email management platform reflects our commitment to providing our customers with the best possible technology," said Gary MacDonald, Chief Operating Officer of GROUP Technologies.

The integration of disclaimer module from GROUP technologies into Sophos PureMessage for Notes/Domino gives administrators the opportunity to add standard text and HTML elements into headers and footers of outgoing mail, including legal notes, privacy policies, security and company information can be automatically appended into the message body of an email. The disclaimer can be configured by time frames, particular users, user groups or by domain. The centralized console, which manages PureMessage, is available from Lotus Notes or a web browser.

"Compliance with legal IT security and data protection policies is certainly a growing concern for companies," said Pino Kienlin, managing director of Sophos Germany. "Working with GROUP Technologies has enabled us to offer companies a flexible solution to protect their networks as well as centrally manage email disclaimer rollouts.'

About GROUP Technologies AG

GROUP Technologies AG is a leading world-wide provider of an open platform for E-Mail Lifecycle Management (ELM). The company addresses the ever growing demands of companies for centralized integration of email communication into business processes thus making company information centrally available. Thus, both legal and organizational aspects are covered. This leads to high security and efficient organization of email management and therefore to increased service quality and customer satisfaction. The platform combines applications and technologies into a continuous Workflow.

The modules the company offers for integration into the platform, under the iQ.Suite trademark, range from email encryption, anti-virus and anti-spam, email classification to secure archiving of email. Customers include many well-known companies such as ABN AMRO, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, Honda, Heineken and Miele. Around 3,000 customers and more than 3 million users work with the solutions of GROUP Technologies.

GROUP Technologies AG has offices in Germany, The Netherlands, England, Sweden, Finland and the USA. In Germany the company has offices in Eisenach, Karlsruhe, Fulda, Braunschweig and Dresden. International sales occur both through direct channels as well as through partner companies. Visit www.group-technologies.com for more information