Sophos's Anti-Virus (SAV) Awarded ICSA Certification for the Alpha-based Windows NT

Sophos Press Release

WOBURN, MA - Sophos Inc., a leading developer of network-oriented anti-virus software, today announced the certification of its product, Sophos Anti-Virus (SAV) for the Alpha version of Win NT, by the International Computer Security Association (ICSA).

SAV is the first anti-virus product for the Alpha version of Win NT to receive ICSA certification. This reflects Sophos's ongoing commitment to service the broadest range of platforms, making SAV the top choice for corporations with diverse networks.

ICSA-certified products must meet rigorous testing standards and are considered the most secure products available. In order to be certified, SAV has to detect 100% of the viruses listed as "In The Wild," 100% of ICSA's Polymorphic Test Suite and 90% of the ICSA Virus Collection.

"Sophos is thrilled about the ICSA certification, but it does not come as a surprise," said Richard Jacobs, president of Sophos, Inc. "Sophos invests a great deal of research into anti-virus protection to ensure that our clients are secure. This certification is a reflection of our commitment to attaining a 100% virus-detection level."

SAV provides true cross-platform protection in a single, fully integrated product set that detects, prevents and eliminates viruses automatically. Sophos's unique client-server architecture maximizes protection, while minimizing performance and administrative overhead. It is fully scalable, protecting a single PC, a single LAN, or an entire enterprise and is available for all popular desktop and network operating systems.

To keep its customers continuously protected, Sophos sends an updated version of SAV to its customers the first week of every month. The product's installation is quick and painless, as clients are updated automatically whenever a more recent version of the software is detected on the network.

"We've been using SAV for about a year now on our NT network, and I have been very pleased with the results. Our viral infection rate has dropped dramatically," said Mark Kaynor, director of IT for Draper Aden Associates. "It is easy to implement and maintain and I really like the centralized distribution and configuration features. We evaluated several other "mainstream" anti-virus solutions before we settled on SAV. We're all glad we did."

About ICSA, Inc.

ICSA, Inc. provides Internet security assurance services worldwide. Established in 1989 as an independent corporation, ICSA has successfully led the security industry in the development of high quality security products through product certification programs, and in establishing better security practices through management of multiple security-focused consortia. ICSA certification and security standards are accepted globally. ICSA is headquartered in Reston, Va. and has additional offices in North America, Europe and Asia. ICSA can be reached by phone at (800) 488-4595 or on the Internet at ICSA is a GartnerGroup affiliate.

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’ complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’ award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, U.K., and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol “SOPH.” More information is available at