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01 Aug 2006

Sophos partners with Zix Corporation for enterprise security and policy enforcement

Sophos integrates its PureMessage solution with ZixCorp Email Encryption for best of breed network protection

ZixCorp has integrated Sophos email scanning technology.

Sophos, a world leader in integrated threat management, today announced a technology alliance with Zix Corporation to provide an industry-leading platform for enterprise-class security and policy enforcement, as well as powerful encryption capabilities to secure confidential emails. ZixCorp email encryption service automatically encrypts outbound messages according to compliance policy and securely delivers email to the recipient as PureMessage scans and protects emails entering and leaving the network.

"Sophos has been a long-standing player in the security arena, and certainly sees the importance of data encryption," said Richard Jacobs, chief technology officer for Sophos. "Partnering with ZixCorp allows us to combine our strengths at the email gateway to provide a high level of security and policy enforcement, creating a robust security offering."

For outbound messages, PureMessage scans, protects and logs all inbound and outbound email traffic, preventing mail-borne threats such as spam, viruses, Trojans, worms and spyware. PureMessage uses the same procedure to determine which messages should or should not be encrypted by ZixCorp email encryption service. The policies that determine encryption are controlled by the organization's administrator, eliminating the risks associated with user decisions, while making the process entirely transparent to users.

"As the largest email encryption service provider, ZixCorp continues to align with strategic partners that bring value to our current and future network of users," said Rick Spurr, chief executive officer for ZixCorp. "Partnering with a leading security vendor such as Sophos, allows us to provide top tier offerings to users."

ZixCorp's vast network, with five million protected email recipients, allows seamless encrypted email delivery to healthcare organizations, insurers, financial institutions and regulators, including four of the five banking regulatory agencies. ZixCorp now supports five encrypted email delivery mechanisms including S/MIME, TLS, OpenPGP, secure portal and "push" delivery.

About Zix Corporation

Zix Corporation (ZixCorp®) is the leading provider of hosted email encryption and e-prescribing services. ZixCorp's email encryption services provide an easy and cost-effective way to ensure customer privacy and regulatory compliance for corporate email. Its PocketScript® e-prescribing service reduces costs and improves patient care by automating the prescription process between payers, doctors, and pharmacies. For more information, visit

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