Sophos and SurfControl join forces to deliver superior web and malware security

January 09, 2007 Sophos Press Release

Sophos and SurfControl, leaders in IT security and web filtering, have announced today a technology partnership that will integrate the world's best website categorization database into a new web and malware security appliance from Sophos.

The first product to benefit from this partnership will be Sophos's new WS1000 web security and control hardware appliance, integrating SurfControl's market-leading URL classification engine, which has categorized more than 21 million web pages.

"The combination of SurfControl's world-class URL database on the Sophos WS1000 appliance allows enterprises to more effectively manage the risks and issues commonly associated with employee internet access," said Rocco Donnino, Vice President of Worldwide Business Development, SurfControl. "We have long respected Sophos' expertise at fighting known and unknown malware. This partnership between industry leaders brings customers unmatched data protection and control of their IT assets."

The Sophos WS1000 web appliance will allow system administrators to manage end user productivity through SurfControl's categorized database of websites. Administrators can customize product settings to specify the categories of web pages that their employer wishes to monitor or block (such as gambling, pornography or sports sites).

At the same time, existing Sophos technology will deliver protection against known and unknown viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, adware, and phishing websites.

"Enterprise customers want greater control as well as security, and our partnership with SurfControl is an essential part of us delivering that solution. Our combined technology allows system administrators to stop malware dead in its tracks, and to prevent inappropriate web surfing from having a negative impact on productivity," said Steve Munford, CEO of Sophos. "SurfControl is the world's leading expert in categorizing the web, and we look forward to bringing their technology to a wider audience who are crying out for more control over what types of websites their users can access."

More information about Sophos's WS1000 appliance can be found at

About SurfControl

SurfControl provides a portfolio of security solutions to protect our customers from Internet threats, deliver business and regulatory compliance, and enable business continuity. SurfControl believes that security should be treated as a science, delivering protection at multiple points -- "in the cloud" with on-demand security services, on the network with software and appliances, and on the desktop and mobile client. All of SurfControl's solutions for Web, e-mail and endpoint security are backed by industry-leading threat detection technologies, delivered by SurfControl's Global Threat Experts who work 24/7 to provide customers with dynamic zero-day protection. The company protects more than 14.5 million users and over 23,000 customers worldwide, and employs more than 600 people in offices across Europe, the Americas, and Asia/Pacific. For further information and news on SurfControl, please visit