Nokia adds Sophos antivirus engine

Mobile phone and network vendor Nokia Corp. has added Sophos PLC's virus detection engine to its messaging protection system for enterprise customers.

Sophos joins several other suppliers of virus, spam and content filtering technologies, including Kaspersky Labs Ltd., Postini Inc., InDefense Inc. and Zix Corp., whose systems have been integrated into the Nokia Message Protector security appliance, the Espoo, Finland, company said Monday in a statement.

Nokia Message Protector comes in response to enterprises that want to move away from costly, high-administrative, stand-alone products to an integrated system for preventing spam, protecting against viruses and inspecting content, according to the statement. Message Protector can scan more than 150,000 messages per hour in a single appliance, it said.

Antivirus technology from Sophos provides Internet gateway security to help enterprises to detect all virus types. The engine will automatically install and provide updates for the Nokia Message Protector, with or without administrator assistance, using Nokia's automated network service. This process ensures that the latest e-mail security technology is deployed across e-mail networks with minimal latency.

Nokia Message Protector v1.3.1, with integrated Sophos antivirus engine, is expected to be globally available this month, Nokia said.

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