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Outpost Firewall Code To Be Incorporated Into Sophos Security Products

Agnitum Ltd and Sophos sign license agreement

St. Petersburg - 10 February 2005 - 120 million credit cards are compromised. 83% of UK companies become victims of computer crime. 90% of web applications are found to have security vulnerabilities.

These figures are not a plot for another techno-thriller; these are just some statistics for the year 2004. No surprise that the demand for thorough security software is growing rapidly all around the world. The analyst group IDC predicts the security software market as a whole will grow at 16.9% annually between 2003 and 2008.

Agnitum Ltd and Sophos are allying the forces to fight Internet threats. Sophos will incorporate Agnitum’s award-winning Outpost Pro source code into an integrated client firewall solution. that The firewall will be engineered specifically for business and networked environments and will be offered as part of its suite of products later this year. A free technical preview of the firewall product will be available in the Spring 2005.

Technology transfer deal fully responds to the demand demands of the software market. Providing full endpoint security, based on uniting the anti-virus and firewall protection, seems to be the most powerful trend in the security software market for the year 2005. "Increasingly organizations are looking for a flexible, easy way to manage security solutions that address the whole spectrum of threats,” said Chris Christiansen, Program Vice President for IDC's Security Products program.

Outpost Pro 2.5 is currently recognized by experts as the most powerful personal firewall available at the moment. It blocks all possible leak tests and filters both incoming and outgoing traffic on multiple levels, providing user users with a truly refined security. The program detects and blocks hacker attacks, guards the privacy of data stored on the computer, monitors the network activity of the system and applications, provides secure web surfing, and prevents Internet worms from activating from the inbox.

“Both Agnitum and Sophos are working hard to protect users from Internet threats. However, as the experience of 2004 shows, even the highest quality standalone anti-virus can nor cannot resist all kinds of dangers. A firewall is increasingly becoming recognized as a must both by users and software developers. We are happy to provide Sophos with our technology and join our efforts in the war against Internet crime. Only a best of breed firewall could meet the high demands of Sophos anti-virus developers, and Agnitum is proud to be selected as such,”, says Mikhail Zakhryapin, Agnitum Ltd Managing Director.

“This firewall technology acquisition builds upon Sophos’s 15-year track record in secure content management and positions us well for the future,” said Steve Munford, president of Sophos North America. “It also demonstrates Sophos’s commitment to providing a best consolidated security solution to protect our customers from an increasingly aggressive and evolving threat landscape.”

According to the IDC estimation, "By broadly defining the threat environment, recognizing the convergence and complexity of those threats and adding a personal firewall to its offering, Sophos is ahead of the curve in providing protection at all points of the network."

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About Sophos

Sophos is a global leader in computer security. The company protects over 35 million businesses and organizations —- from small enterprises to academic and financial institutions to governments and global corporations —- against multiple evolving threats such as viruses, spam, Trojans, worms and spyware. Sophos is acclaimed for delivering the highest level of customer satisfaction and protection in the industry. The company's products are sold and supported in more than 150 countries. For more information, please visit: www.sophos.com.

About Agnitum

Agnitum is a leader in security and privacy software for home and office computers. The company’s flagship product, Outpost Firewall Pro, provides a superior arsenal of defense against PC infiltration by denying unauthorized access by remote hackers and protecting against data theft, denial-of-service attacks, privacy violation, Trojan horses, spyware and more. Four major criteria define Agnitum software: security, control, privacy and ease of use. The effectiveness of Agnitum software has been recognized by independent security experts and by international media awards.

About Outpost Firewall

Agnitum Outpost Firewall Pro is one of the most secure firewalls for Windows, a fact that is proven by many independent reviews and millions of users around the world. Outpost provides a superior arsenal of defense against all kinds of PC infiltration. Outpost Firewall Pro is the only product of its breed to implement plug-in technology, which allows third party developers to further extend Outpost's functionality. Evaluation copy is available on request.

For more information, contact Agnitum at mailto:pr@agnitum.com.


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