Sophos certified by CMP Channel's VARBusiness as a Gold 5-Star Overall Winner

March 25, 2008 Sophos Press Release

VARBusiness

IT security and control firm Sophos today announced that it has been recognized by CMP Channel's VARBusiness as one of North America's top information-technology (IT) vendors for its Sophos Partner Program. Sophos was certified as a Gold 5-Star Overall Winner in VARBusiness's 2008 Partner Program Guide (PPG), a guide that acknowledges the commitment and strength of a vendor's partner programs for its channel resellers, IT integrators, and technology consultants. Sophos also received VARBusiness Silver 5-Star status in specific areas of expertise: Sales Support, Marketing Support, Partner Profitability, Channel Operations and Partner Recruitment.

In addition to Sophos's industry-leading solutions that deliver security and control throughout the network, the Sophos Partner Program offers benefits to partners that reflect its commitment to business growth and strong profitability. Sophos Channel Sales teams provide a deep level of support and are highly responsive to partners. The program features margin preservation, distribution of high quality leads to qualified partners, online deal registration and dedicated pre- and post-sale support. Extensive marketing support and comprehensive training programs are available to enable to partners grow their businesses through new customer acquisitions and incremental sales.

Unlike its competitors, Sophos has structured a partner program that promotes inclusiveness and benefits for partners at every level. Partners at all levels are invited to sell Sophos's complete line of products. As a result, resellers operating in various regions and industries are able to offer their customers critical security solutions such as comprehensive endpoint security, network access control, web security and email security.

"The quality of a vendor's partner program reflects the true commitment they have to the thriving solution provider channel, and this year's 5-Star Partner Programs Guide winners are the cream of the crop of channel-friendly vendors," said Robert C. DeMarzo, Vice President and Editorial Director, CMP Channel.

"We are honored to receive VARBusiness's Gold 5-Star Partner Program status as it validates Sophos's commitment to our partners and the program that serves them, "said Michael Rogers, Vice President of North American alliance, channel and OEM sales at Sophos. "Sophos has a dedicated channel team that provides partners with the level of attention that is unique within the industry, extending comprehensive pre- and post-sales support, highly competitive margins, demand generation funding and technical support."

Of the hundreds of vendor program entries reviewed for this year's guide, Sophos was one of only ten Gold 5-Star Overall Winners chosen in this 14th annual VARBusiness Partner Programs Guide survey.

The guide appears in the March issue of VARBusiness and can be found online at www.channelweb.com

About VARBusiness

For the past 20 years, VARBusiness's strategic resources have been the gateway to the commercial and public sector (or government) Solution Provider community. The VARBusinessintegrated platform of media opportunities provides strategic insight for technology integrators through industry-defining research, in-depth editorial, channel events and innovative web services, enabling these IT professionals to make educated decisions for their businesses, partnerships and customers. VARBusiness offerings lead vendors and distributors to unprecedented access to the most powerful strategic Solution Providers in the market. VARBusinesshas been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design.

About CMP Channel

CMP Channel is the 'one stop shop' customers turn to in order to meet their global sales channel objectives from access to execution. Through use of its family of channel solutions which include CRN and VARBusiness, the ChannelWeb network, XChange Events and the Institute for Partner Education & Development (IPED), vendors are able to accelerate sales through the channel. CMP Channel provides a worldwide answer to advertising, branding and marketing services, lead generation, market intelligence, branded and custom events, education of solution providers and best practices for vendors.

About CMP

CMP is a media and marketing solutions company serving the technology industry. With the leading online, event and print brands in all technology market categories, and with services and tools that reach beyond traditional advertising, CMP shapes and influences the technology industry worldwide. CMP publishes highly respected media brands such as TechWeb, InformationWeek, ChannelWeb, CRN, EE Times and TechOnline; produces major industry events such as Interop, Web 2.0 Expo, XChange, Game Developers Conference and the Embedded Systems Conferences; and provides business information and marketing services such as the International Customer Management Institute, Semiconductor Insights and Second Life consulting for technology marketers. CMP is a subsidiary of United Business Media, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion.