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20 Aug 2009

Sophos Sponsors SecureWorld Spotlight Conference

Sophos helps companies better understand today’s extensive compliance and regulations through awareness and education

Boston - August 20, 2009 - Safeguarding customers from external and internal security threats, IT security and data protection firm Sophos delivers a portfolio of solutions including data encryption, computer security, web, email security, and network access control solutions that are easy to manage, deploy and use. Sophos announced today that it is a sponsor of the SecureWorld Spotlight Conference and will be exhibiting (booth 15) on Thursday, August 20, 2009 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm ET at Bentley University's LaCava in Waltham, Massachusetts. The conference will focus on the new regulation - 201 CMR 17.00: Standards for The Protection of Personal Information of Residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts - and the rationale as to why this regulation was created and what it is designed to accomplish.

Earlier this week, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation announced that there would be further modifications to Massachusetts' identity theft regulations that maintains the protection and reinforces flexibility in compliance by small businesses, which is expected to go into effect on March 1, 2010. As small businesses often do not house a significant amount of confidential customer data, the revised regulations will take into account the size of a business and the quantity of personal information that it touched and/or stored when it comes to a company's data security plan.

To help customers and prospects better understand industry, state and federal data compliance and regulations, Sophos launched its Compliance and Regulation Portal in March 2009, providing U.S. companies with the latest news and information on state and federal data protection mandates and related compliance issues. The site contains a state-by-state listing of all data security regulations, details on federal data protection legislation, current compliance news from top media outlets and best practices for developing a robust security strategy drawn from Sophos's work with customers across the vertical spectrum.

About SecureWorld Expo

SecureWorld Expo is the first Regional Conference formed to promote the ideals of fostering communication between security professionals and technology leaders, to discuss best practices and to bind that body of thought in a public/private partnership with Government. Security in the 21st Century will be a driving principle for Business and Government and SecureWorld Expo will drive that discussion.

Business and Government are faced with the challenge of simultaneously promoting openness and protecting their enterprise. To achieve this goal, senior executives and government leaders must understand one fundamental principle: security and strategy are interdependent. Communicating across the enterprise between departments, across boundaries and to customers is critical. Bridging that communication with Government is essential in developing a secure world. But, our "World" is often more a region with its unique physical and economic drivers.

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.