Sophos Malware Scanning Engine Powers Optenet Web and Email Security Solutions

Sophos Press Release

Optenet customers receive latest malware protection directly from SophosLabs

BOSTON - May 25, 2010 - IT security and data protection firm Sophos today announced that it has partnered with Optenet, a global leader in enabling SaaS offerings and delivering "on-premise" security solutions, to provide proactive malware protection for Optenet's web and email security solutions customers.

Sophos's high-speed malware detection technology is now fully integrated across Optenet's web and email security solutions - Optenet WebSecure™, Optenet MailSecure™, and Optenet NetSecure™. A single scan from the Sophos engine protects against viruses, spyware, worms, Trojans, and adware.

SophosLabs - the blended intelligence behind all Sophos security technologies, including the malware scanning engine within Optenet email and web solutions - analyzes 50,000 new malware samples every day.

As today's threats are more sophisticated, targeted, and fast-moving, it's critical to stop malware before a specific detection update can be released. Sophos Genotype® malware detection technology proactively blocks families of malware threats and analyzes the behavior of the code before it executes, therefore protecting users from 90 percent of unknown threats.

"The web has become the biggest breeding ground for malware - every few seconds, legitimate websites are being compromised by cybercriminals looking to host their wares," said Francisco Martin Abreu, President and CEO at Optenet. "The internet is an essential means for businesses to research, gather, and promote information via blogs and social networking sites, so it's imperative that end-users are protected at all times. The integration of Sophos's proactive malware scanning capabilities with Optenet's web security offerings provides our existing and future customers the highest level of protection without impeding their end-users' browsing experience and productivity."

"From the early stages of discussions, it was evident to both Sophos and Optenet that there was great potential to integrate our technologies," said Michael Rogers, Vice President of Global Alliance and OEM at Sophos. "Optenet has extensive experience and knowledge working with ISPs and telecom operators and Sophos has long developed proactive security solutions built specifically for the enterprise. Merging Optenet's security capabilities with our unique malware protection was a natural fit."

About Optenet

Optenet is a global IT security company providing high-performance security to service providers and large enterprises worldwide. With the largest ISP customer base and 12 years of experience, Optenet is a pioneer and global leader of SaaS offerings and delivering "on-premise" security solution. Its technology protects more than 100 million end users worldwide and is deployed globally at over 90 ISPs. Dedicated to protecting children by eliminating illegal content on the Internet, Optenet works with government and non-profit organizations to create a secure online environment for minors. For more information, visit

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