Sophos email security and data protection solutions receive premium Checkmark certification for anti-spam

August 14, 2009 Sophos Press Release

Email security

IT Security and Data Protection firm Sophos today announced that its Sophos Email Appliance, the company's managed email security and data protection line of appliances, and Sophos PureMessage have received West Coast Labs' Checkmark Certification for Email Filtering and both solutions were awarded Premium Checkmark certification for Anti-Spam - achieving a 99% detection rate.

Earning the highest Checkmark certification, Sophos's email gateway solutions were awarded a Premium status, surpassing the certification requirement of 97% for effective spam detection in a test environment replicating everyday email usage by testing on live email feeds.

Achieving such accolades by West Coast Labs confirms that Sophos's email security and control solutions effectively and proactively eliminate known and unknown threats including spam, phishing and malware, and preventing information leakage and compliance violations.

"We are pleased to receive the most prominent seal of approval by West Coast Labs' certification tests as it demonstrates that our email security and data protection solutions more than meet their standards for proactive protection against spam, malware, phishing and other email-borne threats," said Chris Kraft, vice president of product management at Sophos.

Checkmark is one of the world's most respected and trusted premier accredited testing certification system for information security products and services, providing end users with confirmation of a product or service's functionality and performance to industry accepted standards.

The testing criteria are peer reviewed by the West Coast Labs Technology Forum - a group of senior IT security professionals in major corporate organizations around the world - to ensure that standards and accreditation criteria are an accurate reflection of real world user requirements.

Sophos Email Security and Data Protection proactively blocks inbound and outbound threats with unrivaled effectiveness and simplicity while protecting confidential and sensitive information, delivering high-capacity, high-availability gateway and groupware security and data protection. One license provides end-to-end threat and data protection with hands-off managed appliances and easy-to-use software.

About West Coast Labs

WCL specializes in functionality testing, performance validation and the Checkmark Certification of information security products and services.

The company has a global client base of Fortune 500/1000 companies, government agencies and leading technology developers, providing a wide range of product testing and technical consultancy services.

WCL is part of the Haymarket Media Group, a privately owned, $400 million multi-national organization. In line with Haymarket's corporate philosophy for developing leading market sector brands, WCL provides an unrivalled standard of service and an effective connection with security technology buyers and decision-makers worldwide. On the web at www.westcoastlabs.com.