Cobion All-in-One E-mail Security Solution Adds Sophos Virus Detection to its Arsenal to Protect Companies’ Networks

London, Lynnfield, 16. september 2003 – Cobion, technology leader in the content security market, have announced that the Sophos virus detection engine will be offered as a plug-in to Cobion’s leading e-mail security product, OrangeBox Mail 2.0.

Cobion OrangeBox Mail 2.0 is an all-in-one e-mail security product, protecting all incoming and outgoing e-mail traffic and filtering spam. OrangeBox Mail 2.0 can use multiple anti-virus engines, e.g. Symantec or McAfee, which are also optional.

Integration with Sophos’s virus detection technology will expand OrangeBox Mail’s anti-virus defences, giving users the option to choose their virus-scanning engine. This development allows Cobion users to benefit from Sophos’s award-winning anti-virus technology, which has won awards from various IT magazines.

Anti-virus scanning at the Internet gateway provides a strong layer of additional protection. Most companies have anti-virus protection installed on their workstation, but adding gateway scanning provides a proactive first-line defence against virus infections. Gateway protection helps ensure network security by keeping viruses from reaching e-mail or file servers in the network.

Sophos’ virus detection engine will integrate seamlessly with OrangeBox Mail 2.0 software and will check all incoming, outgoing and internal mail for viruses before it is forwarded to the user’s mailbox. Files containing viruses will be refused and quarantined without ever being

run. Detected spam is diverted into a separate spam folder, which can be automatically deleted after a defined time period. Based on advanced technology, OrangeBox Mail 2.0 reduces virus infections, simplifies and automates updating, and eases administration.

“Today, e-mail is one of the most prolific methods for spreading viruses. The corporate sector is hit especially hard by viruses, annually suffering significant losses that include more than just material damage,” noted Richard Baldry, Sophos Head of Strategic Alliances. “For this reason, full-scale security for all IT-infrastructure elements is crucial for businesses to function reliably. Working with Cobion means that we can contribute to the high level of virus protection received by OrangeBox users.”

“The unique characteristics of the Sophos virus detection engine successfully add to the functionality of our product and allow us to provide our customers with the highest possible level of protection against viruses”, said René Seeber, Cobion Chief Technology Officer. “Also, the reasonable pricing of this module makes it affordable to have an additional anti-virus Plug-In. Another major factor in our decision to use the product was Sophos’s reputation for first-rate customer support.”

Pricing and availability
Cobion OrangeBox Mail 2.0 pricing starts at Euro 1.190 for 25 users and is highly cost-effective: a 1000-user licence costs Euro 11.200, for example.

More information about Cobion OrangeBox Mail 2.0 and a trial version can be found at http://www.cobion.com.

Information about Sophos can be found at http://www.sophos.com.

Cobion Software’s Orangebox Mail 2.0 provides gateway solutions for anti-virus scanning. It is capable of integrating with multiple high-performance virus scanning products.

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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 www.sophos.com.

About Cobion
Founded in 1997, Cobion’s mission is to keep inappropriate, illegal, or confidential information from entering or leaving organizations through the Web and e-mail. Cobion develops the OrangeBox Web (Web filter), OrangeBox Mail (e-mail and spam filter) and OrangeBox LAN (intranet filter) security products and distributes to customers worldwide to facilitate more productive Internet usage, reduced liability, and intellectual property protection. Cobion enables Internet Service Providers to provide content filtering to home and business subscribers. Manufacturers of firewalls, Web caches, proxies, routers, and other gateways integrate Cobion’s Web filter and/or anti-spam technology with their software or hardware products. Cobion’s filtering database of over 20 million pre-categorized URLs-the largest and most accurate in the world-is available as a Web service as well as for download to local servers. Cobion is headquartered in the UK, Germany and Boston, USA.

Please visit Cobion`s Web site at www.cobion.com.




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