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Issue Date: September 2001 (es)

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1 September 2001

NetXactics, the local distributor for Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, has again re-confirmed Sophos's SAVI leadership in performance and reliability for third-party content scanners.
The Sophos Anti-Virus Interface (SAVI) is specifically designed to meet the needs of the expanding firewall, e-mail monitoring and gateway markets. The technology brings Sophos's 15 years of anti-virus expertise to many applications, including web browsers, FTP clients, installation and back-up applications.
"Sophos SAVI was one of the most important developments to come out of the anti-virus industry for some time. On the face of it, it appears to be a simple API direct into the Sophos anti-virus engine, but when you look deeper you see that it is very well thought out," said Brett Myroff, CEO of NetXactics. "The reliability of this technology in a third party environment is exemplary. It shows that Sophos is one of the few anti-virus vendors that truly understands how to work in pre-emptive multitasking systems."
Until now, applications have had to call command-line versions of virus scanners, which need to re-initialise each time a file is virus checked.
SAVI's multithreading DLL-based virus database technology typically increases performance over command-line scanners up to 30-fold. Adds Myroff, "In addition, various other anti-virus vendors have released a DLL-based version of their virus engines to take advantage of the increased performance. However, with Sophos having developed their first DLL-based interface more than 4 years ago, coupled with pre-emptive multithreading, Sophos's SAVI still outclasses the competition in performance.
"SAVI allows Sophos to integrate fully with other leading-edge vendors, such as MIMEsweeper and MailMarshall, to provide an all-round security solution," continues Myroff.
Brett Myroff, 011 444 4000
t: 011 4444000
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