Sophos, a world leader in anti-virus protection for businesses,
has developed a new anti-virus product specfically designed to
protect users of the latest Macintosh operating system from virus
infection. Providing outstanding defence against all known viruses,
Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X builds upon earlier versions of
Sophos Anti-Virus for the Macintosh platform and also includes new
security features and an enhanced user interface.
New security features have been designed to assist system
administrators in a corporate environment: end-users can be
prevented from uninstalling Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X,
ensuring the computers remain protected 24 hours a day. As a user
accesses files, Sophos's patented on-access scanning technology,
InterCheck, transparently intercepts them to ensure that they are
free of all known viruses. Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X has also
been designed as a native OS X graphical application to provide an
intuitive and simple user interface.
"Great Ormond Street Hospital has been using Sophos Anti-Virus
since 1996, and we have been able to maintain a solid defence
against viruses and worms ever since", said Sonny Neoh, Network
Manager at Great Ormond Street Hospital. "We are delighted with the
increased security, functionality and the Aqua user interface this
new version of Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X will bring our
Third-party developers producing security products for Mac OS X
can now incorporate the Sophos virus scanning technology into their
"We are delighted to see this new Mac OS X virus solution. Data
security is of great importance to Apple customers, and the Sophos
API is a great way for other developers to add virus-scanning
functionality to their own products," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's
vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations.
Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X offers comprehensive virus
detection and disinfection against Macintosh, macro and PC viruses.
It checks local hard disks, removable media and networks, operating
in on-access and on-demand modes. Its unique architecture
intelligently determines which files need to be virus checked with
a minimal performance overhead.
The product offers centralised installation, configuration,
updating and reporting, making it the preferred choice for
companies wishing to protect their entire enterprise.
"Sophos is proud to be offering this world-class anti-virus
solution to Mac OS X users and administrators," said Phil Wood,
product manager for Sophos Anti-Virus. "We know that third-party
developers will be delighted with the opportunities to build
virus-scanning into their own products."
The full release of Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X will be
available in August on the Sophos website. Presently, the beta
version is available on the Sophos website.