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Sophos Protects Microsoft Networks from Viruses and Spam

  • 26 May, 2004 08:40

<p>PureMessage for Windows / Exchange tackles barrage of unwanted emails.</p>
<p>Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses from spam and viruses, has announced the release of PureMessage for Windows/Exchange, a consolidated anti-spam and anti-virus solution for enterprise users running Microsoft platforms. PureMessage combines Sophos's industry-leading virus and spam protection to safeguard networks, improve email productivity and reduce the risk of legal liability.</p>
<p>PureMessage for Windows/Exchange is fully configurable, helping network managers stay in control of their system security. Advanced email threat reduction features are designed to stop new, unknown viruses from entering company networks, even when the email attachment names have been changed or files have been hidden in compressed files.</p>
<p>Sophos’s Policy Enforcement feature also ensures businesses can protect their intellectual property while meeting legislative and organisational compliance requirements.</p>
<p>Virus and spam protection is automatically updated from the Sophos databank and messages are scanned regardless of how mail is sent or received. Suspicious attachments are removed and quarantined before the email is delivered to the recipients. Multiple language message processing makes it ideal for multi-national organisations.</p>
<p>In a recent Sophos poll of more than 5,800 companies*, 96 per cent of respondents indicated that email was critical to their jobs, 78 per cent believed that they would be more productive without spam. This, combined with an increase in email scams such as 'phishing' and the virus plague which shows no signs of abating, shows that companies need a robust anti-virus and anti-spam solution to protect their commercial interests, intellectual property and employees.</p>
<p>"Businesses must not underestimate the significant risk represented by spam and viruses attacking their Microsoft networks," said Rob Forsyth, Managing Director, Sophos Australia and New Zealand. "Research has shown that spammers driven by economic and criminal motives are bombarding the internet with computer viruses, worms and Trojan software, setting up global armies of zombie networks that attempt to de-fraud businesses and individuals or steal intellectual property and identities.</p>
<p>"Sophos's PureMessage solution protects corporate credibility, improves productivity and enhances profitability by tackling the problem head-on, providing network administrators with the armament they need to fight against blended security threats," Forsyth said.</p>
<p>PureMessage for Windows/Exchange offers support for clustered Exchange installations to make use of failover capabilities of the Windows Server System.</p>
<p>PureMessage also provides end users with powerful, web-based quarantine management tools to retrieve email from the quarantine area without contacting the system administrator.</p>
<p>For more information, visit:</p>
<p>* Web survey of 5,856 businesses conducted by Sophos, February 2004.</p>
<p>About Sophos.
Sophos is a world leading specialist developer of anti-virus and anti-spam software. Sophos is headquartered in the UK and protects all types of organisations, including small- to medium-sized businesses, large corporations, banks, governments and educational institutions against viruses and spam. The company is acclaimed for delivering the highest level of customer satisfaction and protection in the industry. Sophos's products, backed by 24 hour support are sold and supported in more than 150 countries.</p>
<p>Sophos's regional head office for Australia and New Zealand is in Sydney and hosts one of the company's three Computer Virus Research and Development Laboratories to provide global support services.</p>
Rob Forsyth ( is available for comment:
+61 417 234 176
+61 2 9409 9100 (tel)
+61 2 9409 9191 (fax)</p>
<p>Sophos's press contact at Gotley Nix Evans is:
Michael Henderson (
+61 2 9957 5555 (tel)
+61 413 054 738 (mobile)
+61 2 9957 5575 (fax)</p>

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