SOURCE: West Coast Labs

September 30, 2009 12:13 ET

West Coast Labs Partners With OPSWAT to Integrate Checkmark Certification Data Into OPSWAT's OESIS Framework

Network Administrators Can Now Make Decisions Regarding Security Applications, Based on West Coast Labs Checkmark Certified Solutions Data, in Addition to the Application's Compatibility With the Existing Network

IRVINE, CA and CARDIFF, UK--(Marketwire - September 30, 2009) - West Coast Labs, part of the Haymarket Media Group and one of the world's leading independent test facilities for information security products and services, today announced a partnership with OPSWAT, Inc., the leading provider of development tools that power software application manageability. This partnership extends the OPSWAT OESIS Framework ability to provide software engineers and IT professionals with enhanced software manageability by combining data from West Coast Labs' extensive Checkmark Certification program to identify easily antivirus solutions including those that have completed the rigors of product testing and certification.

Checkmark is the world's fastest growing certification system for information security products and services. Drawing from its extensive worldwide research and threat analysis network to observe and monitor the state of threat activities in real time, West Coast Labs offers unparalleled independent product testing through Checkmark Certification process, as well as West Coast Labs Real Time Testing Program, which subjects products to live testing 24x7x365. A highly regarded accreditation program, Checkmark provides end users with confirmation of a product or service's effective functionality and performance.

"While a network administrator may be aware of a specific weakness in the network, it is often unclear if a technology under consideration will in fact provide the necessary level of protection or is capable of working with the existing infrastructure," said Lysa Myers, director of research, West Coast Labs. "In the context of the existing network system, by identifying compatible applications, network administrators can focus on a product by its capabilities -- knowing which products have successfully completed independent testing makes the purchase process that much easier."

50 Million End Users to Benefit

OPSWAT's OESIS, a robust software manageability framework, enables manageability of a wide variety of third party security software applications including antispyware, antivirus and personal firewalls. Solutions powered by OESIS framework are deployed across multiple operating systems with over 50 million endpoint installations worldwide.

"In partnering with West Cost Labs, OPSWAT brings innovation to the market by empowering systems administrators to control the quality of their security applications," said Benny Czarny, president and CEO, OPSWAT, Inc. "With West Coast Labs Checkmark certification data integrated in the network management console, systems administrators will not need to go through a manual process of reading Checkmark certification charts before creating network compliance or manageability policies."

About OPSWAT

Founded in 2002, OPSWAT provides software engineers and IT pros with development tools and data services to power manageability and security solutions. OPSWAT, Inc. created OESIS OK, an industry-wide certification program that verifies the interoperability of endpoint security applications with products from market-leading technology vendors. The free Am I OESIS OK? utility hosted on www.oesisok.com enables end users to assess the interoperability and quality level of their applications.

About Checkmark Certification

Checkmark is one of the world's leading certification systems for information security products and services. This highly regarded accreditation program provides a level of assurance across a wide range of technologies that products and services perform to industry accepted standards.

About West Coast Labs

Part of the Haymarket Media Group, West Coast Labs is a global leader in technical research, testing and the Checkmark Certification of information security products and services. With market-leading technology and testing facilities accredited to ISO17025 in the UK, USA and India, West Coast Labs' services and the Checkmark Certification System are being used by the leading global brands to create market advantage and by large business enterprises for obtaining crucial technical insight into product performance.

For more information or to schedule a briefing with Lysa Myers contact Lauren Curley, lcurley@westcoast.com, 781.383.6406.

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