Sophos joins Microsoft SecureIT Alliance

Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against viruses, Trojans, spyware and spam, has announced its membership of Microsoft’s SecureIT Alliance, an industry initiative designed to help improve security for businesses running Microsoft operating systems.

As part of the Alliance, Sophos will collaborate with other SecureIT members in building new shared technologies to combat the growing number of IT security threats faced by businesses worldwide. Sophos will also work to improve integration and interoperability between existing security solutions, easing the workload for network administrators currently running software from different Alliance members.

“Security is an issue that affects everyone involved in IT, and the SecureIT Alliance will allow the industry to join forces and work towards providing a better customer experience,” said Mark Harris, global director of SophosLabs. “By exchanging our development expertise with other Alliance members, we will be able to offer improved security solutions for all our Windows-based customers.”

The SecureIT Alliance is developing a community website for launch by the close of 2005 (, which will enable ongoing communication between members during the development process of Windows applications. The site will also be available to the public, helping users address their security needs by accessing security-related information in a number of formats, including white papers, case studies, videos, and presentations.

“It’s encouraging to see so many industry leaders collaborating on the IT security problem, in order to help meet the needs of our shared customers,” said Bruce Burns, senior director at Microsoft Corporation. “The SecureIT Alliance will help improve the level of protection available, while members will also benefit from improved knowledge of integrating with the Microsoft platform.”

About Sophos
Sophos is a world leader in integrated threat management solutions, developing protection against viruses, spyware, spam and policy abuse for business, education and government. Headquartered in the UK, Sophos’s reliably-engineered, easy-to-operate products protect more than 35 million users in more than 150 countries. Through 20 years’ experience and a global network of threat analysis centres, the company responds rapidly to emerging threats – no matter how complex – and achieves the highest levels of customer satisfaction in the industry.

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