Sophos To Build Oem Partner Network Still Further With Launch Of New Sophos Anti-Virus Interface

SAV Interface provides partners with simple integration and robust functionality

Sophos, a world leader in anti-virus protection for businesses, has announced the expansion of its strategic partner network as a result of the company’s continued commitment to partner development. It now has 100 partners, a 120 percent increase from the previous year. In addition, Sophos has also announced the availability of version 3 of its third-party integration product, Sophos Anti-Virus (SAV) Interface. This latest version includes improved scanning technologies, improved resilience against attack, threat reduction capabilities and availability on a wider range of operating platforms.

Sophos has spent the past year strengthening its commitment to its OEM partners to provide customers with fully integrated products that address multiple security threats. As with previous releases of SAV Interface, this version is designed specifically to integrate a partner’s solution seamlessly with Sophos’s virus detection engine. Each new feature improves virus detection and prevention capabilities.

By partnering with other leaders in security technology such as CipherTrust, Mirapoint and Sybari, Sophos can provide businesses with a unified security strategy while still maintaining its focus on virus detection.

“Security threats to an organisation come in a number of different forms – all of which need to be addressed and accounted for,” said Rich Baldry, SAV Interface product manager, Sophos Anti-Virus. “However, we know that if we take our focus off virus detection and prevention, Sophos won’t be able to provide the same level of quality and reliability that differentiates our products from the rest of the market. By partnering with other leading security vendors, we can provide customers with a unified security product that’s the best it can possibly be.”

“Sophos is one of the easiest – if not the easiest – company to partner with. This is due to its superior technology and performance coupled with attentive partnership and development teams,” said Nigel Brooke, VP EMEA, Mirapoint. “Because of all of the enhancements to the SAV Interface product, we’ve found that our development time has been drastically reduced. This – coupled with Sophos’s clear commitment to the development of our business relationship – enables us to have a very close, collaborative partnership ensuring our mutual success.”

New features in this version of SAV Interface include three new functions to scan files in multiple locations, greater control over file scanning by reporting status and progress information, accurate file type detection and reporting regardless of extension, and improved control over downloading of anti-virus updates. SAV Interface is now also available more platforms including Windows 95/98/Me, NT/2000/XP, Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD HP/UX, various other Unix flavours, OpenVMS, OS/2. It is currently in development for Mac OS X and NetWare.

About Sophos:
Sophos is one of the world’s largest specialist developers of anti-virus software. Headquartered in the UK, its products are sold and supported through a global network of subsidiaries and partners in more than 150 countries. Sophos solutions are specifically designed to protect businesses and organisations from virus attack. The company’s products are widely deployed by large corporations, banks and governments. For further information, please visit

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