Sophos and Secure Computing partner to provide best-of-breed anti-virus on Sidewinder G2 all-in-one security appliances

Sophos Press Release
Secure Computing

Customers gain advanced protection with integration of Sophos's Genotype™ technology in Secure Computing's Application Defenses™

Lynnfield, MA/San Jose, CA - Sophos, a global leader in network security and Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR), the experts in securing connections between people, applications, and networks, announced today that Sophos's virus scanning technology will be added to the Sidewinder G2® Security Appliance. The integration of the two companies' best-of-breed security products further strengthens Secure Computing's Sidewinder G2 Unified Threat Management (UTM) offering.

The integration gives enterprise customers a high level of integrated protection from the latest internet security threats by combining proactive technologies from the two companies, Sophos's Genotype technology and Secure Computing's Application Defenses™ firewall. Sophos is the latest solution to be integrated into Secure's industry leading centrally managed line of Sidewinder G2 security appliances. The line up of capabilities delivered by Sidewinder "all in one" security appliances are becoming increasing popular in the SMB (small to medium business) market.

"Traditional firewalls are rapidly evolving into Unified Threat Management (UTM) security appliances, and the heart of UTM is the unification of a firewall, IPS, and anti-virus on a single platform," said Charles Kolodgy, Research Director for Security Products at IDC. "So a partnership with Sophos and Secure Computing to provide UTM functionality is a natural, and leaves both companies well-positioned for growth in this burgeoning market, which we project to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 80% between 2004 and 2008, which will translate into a total market of $2 billion."

The Sidewinder G2 Security Appliance's centrally managed capabilities include an Application Defenses firewall with embedded anti-virus, anti-spam, traffic anomaly detection, IDS/IPS, and a whole host of other critical protective features described below.

Tightly integrating Sophos's virus scanning technology into the Sidewinder G2 appliance strengthens Secure Computing's offering in numerous key ways.

  • Consolidated malware protection

    The Sophos detection engine provides integrated detection and disinfection of viruses, Trojans, worms and spyware.

  • Rapid threat protection

    SophosLabs™, Sophos's global network of virus and spam analysis centers, delivers historically shorter time gaps (compared with the other leading anti-virus providers) between when a new threat appears on the internet, and when virus identity files (IDEs) are built and distributed to the customer.

  • Genotype detection technology

    Genotype detection is an advanced method of using forensic analysis to identify suspicious patterns and characteristics that are unique to a virus family. By analyzing Genotype patterns, Sophos reduces exposure to new unidentifiable threats and unwanted content.

  • Frequent virus updates

    Sophos provides frequent updates, ensuring that customers are up-to-date at all times.

  • Smaller virus identity file transfers

    Sophos's IDEs are smaller than 5KB and are significantly smaller than competing solutions. This eliminates bottlenecks in enterprises with many international sites and with SMB customers where internet bandwidth is severely limited.

"We selected Sophos because we wanted our customers to have the most advanced, accurate and up-to-date virus protection available," said Mike Gallagher, Senior Vice President of Product Development for Secure Computing. "We will continue to seek out best-of-breed providers of security software for our Sidewinder G2 so that we can provide our customers the low cost of ownership they seek in a UTM appliance without forcing them to abandon their desire for best-of-breed protections.

"With SophosLabs analyzing and protecting against more than 300 new malicious software programs each week, safeguarding an organization against computer threats is vital," said Richard Baldry, Head of Strategic Alliances at Sophos. "Secure Computing's Application Defense strategy sits seamlessly with Sophos's virus scanning technology, providing our joint customers with award-winning threat protection."

Pricing and availability

The Sidewinder G2 Security Appliance is offered in eight appliance models ranging from $1,500 to $70,000, depending upon configuration. Sophos's virus scanning technology is available immediately on all models.

About Secure Computing

Secure Computing (NASDAQ: SCUR) has been securing the connections between people and information for over 20 years. Specializing in delivering solutions that secure these connections, Secure Computing is uniquely qualified to be the global security solutions provider to organizations of all sizes. Our 11,000 global customers, supported by a worldwide network of partners, include the majority of the Dow Jones Global 50 Titans and the most prominent organizations in banking, financial services, healthcare, telecommunications, manufacturing, public utilities, and federal and local governments. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California, and has sales offices worldwide. For more information, visit the Secure Computing website.

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