SOURCE: IronPort Sytems

January 25, 2006 08:30 ET

Sophos Wins IronPort Systems' Prestigious 2005 Platinum Partner Award

IronPort and Sophos Technology Combination Widely Recognized as the Most Effective Anti-Virus Solution Available Today

SAN BRUNO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 25, 2006 -- IronPort Systems Inc., the leader in email security, today announced Sophos has been awarded IronPort's prestigious 2005 Platinum Partner Award. The award was based on Sophos' contributions to IronPort's success in 2005 and on IronPort customers' endorsement of Sophos' industry-leading performance and accuracy. Sophos' anti-virus technology is integrated into IronPort's C-Series Messaging Gateway Appliances as the core of IronPort's multi-faceted anti-virus solution.

IronPort Messaging Gateway Appliances use three technologies to provide the most effective anti-malware gateway solution available today. The solution consists of Sophos' anti-virus technology, IronPort Reputation Filters and IronPort Virus Outbreak Filters. IronPort Reputation Filters™ provide the outer layer of protection, disposing up to 80% of incoming abuse at the connection level -- saving bandwidth, conserving system resources and yielding the highest levels of security for critical messaging systems. IronPort Virus Outbreak Filters provide an additional layer of defense against new outbreaks before signatures used by traditional anti-virus solutions are in place. Genotype™ technology incorporated in the Sophos virus detection engine enhances the defense further by proactively identifying new variants of rapidly mutating threats without the need for new signatures.

"In 2005 Sophos showed again why it is the leading gateway anti-virus solution," said Scott Weiss, CEO, IronPort Systems. "Our customers, who are some of the most demanding ISPs and Global 2000 enterprises in the world, regard Sophos anti-virus technology as the most reliable on the market. I am pleased to have this opportunity to recognize Sophos for their contribution and I look forward to many years of continued joint success."

"IronPort's position as one of our principal OEM partners and the evident success of the IronPort/Sophos solution clearly speak to the strength of both companies' technologies," said Richard Baldry, Head of Strategic Alliances at Sophos. "We are very proud to have been presented with their partner of the year award and we look forward to continued successes."

"Viruses are the enabling technology behind the estimated $20 Billion in criminal profits from email threats during 2005," said Patrick Peterson, IronPort's Vice President of Technology. "With criminals' increasing reliance on virus outbreaks, the volume, sophistication and virulence of virus outbreaks has skyrocketed. We are pleased to offer customers unprecedented protection with Sophos' anti-virus technology and IronPort's Virus Outbreak Filters."

IronPort has developed the world's most powerful email security appliance, protecting over 250 million mailboxes worldwide. In use at 8 of the 10 largest ISPs and hundreds of the largest corporations in the world, the IronPort appliance received honors from the leading publications and analysts. IronPort appliances are powered by AsyncOS, IronPort's high performance operating system optimized for perimeter security. In addition, IronPort's unique Reputation Filters and Virus Outbreak Filters are the perfect complement to the Sophos anti-virus engines.

About IronPort Systems

IronPort Systems is the leading email security provider for organizations ranging from small businesses to the Global 2000. The company has developed a family of email security appliances, the IronPort C-Series™, that offer breakthrough performance, unprecedented ease of use and reduced total cost of ownership. IronPort is driving new standards and providing innovative products for those faced with the monumental task of managing, protecting, and growing mission-critical email systems. For more information on IronPort products and services, visit: http://www.ironport.com.

About Sophos

Sophos is a worldwide leader in reliably protecting businesses, education and government against viruses, spyware, spam and policy abuse. Over 35 million users from organizations of all sizes already benefit from our software and first-class 24/7 support, which are focused on professional, not consumer, requirements. Built over 20 years, our expertise in countering evolving threats, and our visibility of emerging threats through our worldwide network of SophosLabs™ (http://www.sophos.com/support/sophoslabs/) allow us to be the most responsive of the major security companies in detecting and resolving new threats. For more information on Sophos products and services, visit: http://www.sophos.com.

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