Sophos Anti-Virus wins West Coast Labs Checkmark certification

Sophos Press Release

Independent comparative testing body confirms quality of Sophos solution

Sophos Anti-Virus has been awarded the West Coast Labs Checkmark certification again

Sophos, a world leader in IT security and control, today announced that its flagship product, Sophos Anti-Virus, has once again been awarded West Coast Labs Checkmark (Level 1 and Level 2) for 100% detection and disinfection of in-the-wild viruses.

The accolade confirms Sophos Anti-Virus's ability to detect and remove 100% of the viruses found in the wild, and its position as one of the most powerful virus protection products available.

"Sophos Anti-Virus includes many great features in addition to protection from the various forms of malware and other malicious programs, such as its centralized installation, configuration, updating and reporting, and its administrative functions and management tools," wrote West Coast Labs in their June 2007 technology report, 'Anti-Malware Solutions'.

West Coast Labs concluded that Sophos Anti-Virus was "an extremely reliable, complete anti-virus solution package that provides high levels of protection without causing much impact on local and network performance."

The West Coast Labs certification follows news earlier this week that Sophos had won its 38th VB100 award from Virus Bulletin magazine for 100% detection of all in-the-wild viruses, without suffering from a single false positive. In those comparative tests Sophos outperformed a number of competing products from other vendors.

"The quality of virus protection offered by Sophos's integrated security solution continues to be applauded in independent tests," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "Sophos offers not only the best in customer service and technical support, but also delivers to businesses a first class defense against malware attack."

All Sophos products use the same technology to protect against viruses, worms, spyware, Trojan horses and other malware, ensuring consistently high detection rates across all operating systems.

About West Coast Labs Checkmark certification

The Checkmark system has been developed by West Coast Labs, an independent research and test center. It provides a reliable means of authenticating products and certifying those of the highest quality.

More information about Checkmark certification from West Coast Labs can be found on its website:

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