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Sophos Enters Small Business Security Market

U.K.-based security firm Sophos on Monday launched a security suite for the small business market, a space it's entering for the first time, and one dominated by competitors such as Symantec.

Sophos' Small Business Suite -- a combination of a message gateway and a managed desktop edition of the company's anti-virus software -- is aimed at small businesses of under 100 employees that lack a dedicated IT staff, said Chris Kraft, Sophos' vice president of marketing.

"Sophos has always been strong in the large- and middle-sized market, but Small Business Suite appeals to the unique needs of small business," said Kraft, "where IT expertise is non-existent or rationed."

"Small businesses are really feeling the pain of spam and viruses, and moving into a buy mode, much like mid- and large-sized companies started to do years ago," claimed Kraft.

The gateway software, dubbed PureMessage Small Business Edition, filters mail at the Exchange gateway -- PureMessage supports Exchange 2000 and later -- for both malicious code and spam, and updates itself automatically by pinging the Sophos definition servers on a schedule the administrator sets.

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