Sophos and eSoft Partner to Provide Virus Scanning At Network Perimeter

Sophos Press Release

Sophos Anti-Virus Technology Available to Users of InstaGate EX(tm) Internet Security Appliance

Wakefield, MA - January 9, 2001 - Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, announced that it has partnered with eSoft. eSoft is a provider of enhanced broadband solutions for small to medium enterprises and will deliver anti-virus protection from Sophos to eSoft's customers who use its InstaGate EX security appliance.

eSoft (NASDAQ: ESFT) will provide virus scanning powered by Sophos Anti-Virus to its customers on a subscription basis that includes unlimited virus updates. This will be the latest improvement to the eSoft line of several firewall, security and software applications known as SoftPaks(tm). SoftPaks are delivered with a single touch of a button from a desktop computer through eSoft's innovative SoftPak Director(tm).

"Because of its ease of integration and advanced virus detection capabilities, Sophos Anti-Virus is an ideal complement to our SoftPak Program and will provide our InstaGate EX customers with a valuable e-mail and anti-virus solution," said Jeff Finn, president and CEO of eSoft.

"eSoft has developed an innovative and highly effective way of providing customers with modular levels of protection," said David Hughes, president of Sophos. "We are pleased that eSoft has selected Sophos Anti-Virus to provide its customers with the most comprehensive anti-virus protection available."

eSoft is the latest in a long line of software companies, appliance manufacturers, ISPs and ASPs choosing to integrate Sophos's powerful virus-finding technology with their software and services. Sophos's anti-virus capabilities can be easily combined with firewalls, e-mail servers, encryption devices and other security-related devices.

About eSoft Inc.

eSoft Inc. was founded in 1984 with headquarters in Broomfield, Colo. eSoft provides a flexible, customizable and expandable product suite, enabling rapid delivery of enhanced broadband solutions for small to medium enterprises. eSoft's family of products provides businesses with Internet security, firewall, VPN and other broadband software and services. Contact eSoft at 295 Interlocken Blvd., #500, Broomfield, Colo., 80021, USA; 303-444-1600 phone; 303-444-1640 fax;

SoftPak Director, SoftPaks and InstaGate EX are trademarks of eSoft.

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