Secure Computing and Sophos Partner to Provide Best-of-Breed Anti-Virus on Sidewinder G2 All-in-One Security Appliances

Secure Computing Corporation, the experts in securing connections between people, applications, and networks, and Sophos, a global leader in network security, today announced that Sophoss virus scanning technology will be added to the Sidewinder G2 Security Appliance. The integration of the two companies best-of-breed security products further strengthens Secure Computings Sidewinder G2 Unified Threat Management (UTM) offering.

The integration gives enterprise customers a high level of integrated protection from the latest Internet security threats by combining proactive technologies from the two companies, Sophoss Genotype technology and Secure Computings Application Defenses firewall. Sophos is the latest solution to be integrated into Secures industry leading centrally managed line of Sidewinder G2 Security Appliances. The line up of capabilities delivered by Sidewinder all in one security appliances are becoming increasing popular in the SMB (Small to Medium Business) market.

"Traditional firewalls are rapidly evolving into Unified Threat Management (UTM) security appliances, and the heart of UTM is the unification of a firewall, IPS, and anti-virus on a single platform," said Charles Kolodgy, research director for Security Products at IDC. "So a partnership with Sophos and Secure Computing to provide UTM functionality is a natural, and leaves both companies well-positioned for growth in this burgeoning market, which we project to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 80% between 2004 and 2008, which will translate into a total market of $2 billion."

The Sidewinder G2 Security Appliances centrally managed capabilities include an Application Defenses firewall with embedded anti-virus, anti-spam, traffic anomaly detection, IDS/IPS, and a whole host of other critical protective features described below.

Tightly integrating Sophoss virus scanning technology into the Sidewinder G2 appliance strengthens Secure Computing's offering in numerous key ways.

- Consolidated Malware Protection: The Sophos detection engine provides integrated detection and disinfection of viruses, Trojans, worms and malicious spyware.

- Rapid Threat Protection: SophosLabs, Sophos's global network of virus and spam analysis centres, delivers historically shorter time gaps (compared with the other leading anti-virus providers) between when a new threat appears on the Internet, and when virus identity files (IDEs) are built and distributed to the customer.

- Genotype Detection Technology: Genotype detection is an advanced method of using forensic analysis to identify suspicious patterns and characteristics that are unique to a virus family. By analysing Genotype patterns, Sophos reduces exposure to new unidentifiable threats and unwanted content.

- Frequent Virus Updates: Sophos provides frequent updates, ensuring that customers are up-to-date at all times.

- Smaller Virus Identity File Transfers: Sophoss IDEs are only 1-5KB and are significantly smaller than competing solutions. This eliminates bottlenecks in enterprises with many international sites and with SMB customers where Internet bandwidth is severely limited.

We selected Sophos because we wanted our customers to have the most advanced, accurate and up-to-date virus protection available, said Mike Gallagher, senior vice president of product development for Secure Computing. We will continue to seek out best-of-breed providers of security software for our Sidewinder G2 so that we can provide our customers the low cost of ownership they seek in a UTM appliance without forcing them to abandon their desire for best-of-breed protections.

"With SophosLabs analysing and protecting against more than 300 new malicious software programs each week, safeguarding an organisation against computer threats is vital," said Richard Baldry, head of Strategic Alliances at Sophos. "Secure Computing's Application Defense strategy sits seamlessly with Sophos's virus scanning technology, providing our joint customers with award-winning threat protection."

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