What Makes Sophos the Best?

Sophos Anti-Virus has been designed for large networks to provide the highest level of protection while minimising overheads and system administration. It is updated every month to protect your entire operation securely and economically with the latest virus intelligence. It is also backed up by a highly qualified support and virus research team 24 hours a day.

That's why Sophos Anti-Virus is chosen and trusted by hundreds of thousands of security professionals around the world.

Sophos Anti-Virus (SAV) takes a radically different approach to on-access virus detection, avoiding the need to scan every file every time it is accessed. When a user attempts to access an unknown item, SAV carries out an automatic virus check. If the item is certified virus-free, its checksum is added to a list of authorised items and the user is free to access and re-access it without restriction. Subsequent virus checks are only carried out if the object is modified, e.g. due to the presence of a virus.

As Sophos Anti-Virus' on-access detection rates matches its on-demand detection, there is no need to enforce lengthy scheduled scans when users log on.

Cross Platform Support

Sophos Anti-Virus is a multi-platform solution supporting virtually any combination of the following clients and servers:

AIX PowerPC   NetWare
Banyan VINES   NetWare Lite
Digital Unix Alpha   OpenVMS
FreeBSD Intel   OS/2
Lan Manager   SCO UnixWare Intel
Lan Server   SCO OpenServer Intel
LANtastic   Solaris SPARC
Linux Alpha   Solaris Intel
Linux Intel   Windows 95/98
Macintosh   Windows for Workgroups
MS-DOS   Windows NT

Central administration

Sophos Anti-Virus contains powerful management tools so that the software can be installed, configured and updated from a single point. Protection of an entire network is automated and requires no user intervention. Sophos Anti-Virus also features centralised reporting of virus incidents.

Technical support - 24/7

Sophos provides all its customers 24 hour telephone support 7 days a week 365 days a year. When you call Sophos, you speak directly to one of our qualified technicians, without a voicemail loop to go through, and without spending long periods on hold.

Unlike many of our competitors, we don't offer different levels of support to different customers. Everyone who calls us receives the same professional response at no additional cost.

Round the clock protection

Sophos Anti-Virus works round the clock to ensure that virus infections are intercepted before they cause damage. Every time a user runs any program or accesses a floppy disk, CD-ROM, email attachment or Internet download, it is automatically checked for viruses, without any user intervention.

Regular updates

Sophos incorporates the detection and disinfection of about 300 new viruses every month. Updates are shipped on the first Monday of the month after undergoing a rigorous beta testing process.

Updates are available on CD-ROM or they can be downloaded from the Sophos website.

Product strength

Sophos is one of the few manufacturers to use its own virus engine developed in-house. We and we alone are responsible for the engine maintenance. As we incorporate the new virus identities into our engine, we don't have to worry about whether it will cope with them each month - and nor do you.

A solid investment

In addition to the purchase price, using anti-virus software requires expensive staff and network resources. Sophos Anti-Virus has been designed to minimise the cost of ownership.

Sophos Anti-Virus is licensed in competitive price bands and features a range of management tools to ensure installation, configuration and updating can be carried out quickly and efficiently.