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05 Sep 2005

Sophos joins Anti-Spyware Coalition to help protect businesses from growing threat

Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against viruses, spyware and spam, has today announced its membership of the Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC). Sophos joins an alliance of technology companies and public interest groups whose mission is to create a consensus regarding spyware definitions, along with best practice in the debate surrounding spyware and other potentially unwanted software.

Protection from spyware is an integral feature of Sophos's antivirus applications, which are amongst the few products to have been awarded 100% Checkmark certification for the quality of their spyware detection.

"With a history of protecting businesses against emerging threats, Sophos is committed to contributing to the standards and best practices that will help all computer users protect themselves from unwanted and dangerous software," said Richard Jacobs, chief technology officer at Sophos. "Sophos's global network of experts see over 500 new samples of spyware every month. The Anti-Spyware Coalition is helping to strengthen the online community against this growing threat."

"We are delighted to be able to welcome Sophos to the Anti-Spyware Coalition, and look forward to them bringing their expertise to the alliance," said Ari Schwartz, associate director of the Centre for Democracy and Technology, which has led the work of the ASC. "The participation of global companies like Sophos demonstrates the critical role that ASC can play, providing a focal point for industry-wide efforts against the spyware menace."

More information on the ASC, including tips on how to avoid being hit by spyware, can be found at:

Sophos's integrated security solutions stop threats at both the gateway and the endpoint, providing organisations with reliable, manageable and effective protection against spyware, viruses, worms, Trojans, spam, phishing attacks and policy abuse.

Sophos Anti-Virus secures desktops, remote laptops and file servers, while Sophos PureMessage guards the email gateway. This award-winning software is backed by 24/7 technical support and the round-the-clock vigilance of SophosLabs, a global network of threat analysis centres.

Sophos's products have received 100% Checkmark certification from West Coast Labs for spyware detection.

About Sophos

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing complete security solutions that are simple to deploy, manage, and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers.

Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at