Sybari Joins The Microsoft Virus Information Alliance (VIA)

E. Northport, NY (July 1, 2003) — Sybari Software, Inc., the developer of Antigen, a comprehensive antivirus, content-filtering, anti-Spam, and e-mail security solution for leading messaging and collaboration environments, today announced its selection by Microsoft for inclusion in their Virus Information Alliance, a new program offered by Microsoft and third-party vendors to help Microsoft customers obtain timely and relevant information about the latest virus threats affecting Microsoft® technology.

“This centralized, easily accessible clearinghouse of antivirus information will help save customers critical time in identifying and defending against these types of attacks,” said Andy Erlandson, director of security for Product Support Services at Microsoft. “We welcome the expertise from Sybari in helping customers maintain more secure and trustworthy computing environments.”

Sybari has been a long standing partner of Microsoft, working closely with the Exchange group. As a joining member of Microsoft’s VIA, Sybari will be able to offer Microsoft customers the ability to benefit from their extensive knowledge of Microsoft Exchange, as well as their expert e-mail monitoring services for the detection of impending threats and attacks. Sybari pioneered the use of multiple antivirus scan engines within their well regarded technology. This capability offers Microsoft’s customers access to notification services based on criteria disseminated between Sybari’s five partnering antivirus labs. Sybari continuously recommends to its customers the importance of applying a multi-level security strategy in protecting their critical networks and servers.

“Users have a reasonable expectation that their email is protected against viruses and malicious code that circulate,” said Tony Redmond, Chief Technology Officer for HP Consulting and Integration. “Over the years I’ve tracked how the Exchange team has gradually built their anti-virus capabilities, both within the basic framework of the product and by assembling top-class partnerships through the Virus Information Alliance (VIA) program and other initiatives. It’s great to see Sybari and Microsoft partner through VIA. I admire Sybari’s innovative approach to combating the virus scourge and I know that they’ll help Microsoft drive Exchange’s anti-virus capabilities forward for everyone’s benefit.

In the future the VIA consortium will offer customers additional online resources, white papers, and information on how users can preemptively defend their organizations from Internet-based threats, security breaches, and intrusion. For more information on VIA and its resources, please visit their website at

“We are proud to have been chosen as a member of this consortium of notable antivirus vendors, “said Tom Buoniello, Vice President of product management, Sybari Software, Inc. “Sybari brings expert knowledge of Microsoft messaging and collaboration servers, particularly within Exchange. By offering our exclusive e-mail traffic management model to Microsoft’s customers, we further enable them to institute a powerful line of defense against e-mail predators and network intrusions.”

Since 1995, Sybari has led the market in providing innovative solutions that protect leading messaging and collaboration environments from viruses and security threats Today, over 8 million messaging and collaboration server users are virus and spam free, as a direct result of Sybari’s Antigen technology. Sybari’s Antigen is unsurpassed in providing protection of corporate messaging environments. Antigen’s unique architecture institutes a preemptive line of defense from viruses and malicious code. Antigen for Microsoft Exchange, Antigen for SharePoint Portal Server, and Antigen for Lotus Domino are distributed in more than 50 countries through Sybari’s worldwide locations and distribution network. Sybari is headquartered in East Northport, New York with an EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and additional offices in Spain, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Dubai, Singapore, Australia, Japan, Brazil and Mexico. Sybari’s clients include, Hewlett-Packard, Con Edison, Dell, Deloitte & Touche, Eastman Chemical, Getronics, JD Power, London Underground, Lufthansa, Mayo Foundation, Merrill Lynch, Nortel, Pirelli, Reckitt Benckiser, Sony, Superdrug, Tosco, US Federal Government, and Visa. Sybari’s many strategic partners include Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Lotus Development (NYSE:IBM), Dell Computer Corporation (NASDAQ: DELL), IMLogic, Inc., Computer Associates (NYSE:CA), Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), Kaspersky Labs, Sophos, Inc., Perot Systems Corporation (NYSE: PER) and Norman Data Defense Systems (Oslo Bors: NOR).

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