Webroot Software, a provider of anti-spyware software for consumers, and Sophos, whose solutions aim to protect businesses against viruses, spyware and spam, have announced a technology partnership that intends to bring to market a new standard of protection against the most dangerous Internet security threats.
Through the partnership, Webroot will license Sophos's anti-virus technology for use in select Webroot consumer and enterprise products.
The Webroot solutions will integrate Sophos's anti-virus research and technology into Webroot's anti-spyware software, Spy Sweeper, aiming to provide consumers and enterprises with superior protection against both spyware and viruses in one tightly integrated and easy-to-use solution.
"Last month alone there were more than 4 000 new pieces of malware discovered, all aiming to attack unprotected PCs. For the first time, home users can benefit from the virus protection that has been defending businesses and governments for 20 years," says Steve Munford, CEO of Sophos.
One of the first providers of anti-spyware technologies, Webroot's line-up of Spy Sweeper products has been protecting consumers, enterprises and small businesses from the most damaging and sophisticated forms of spyware since 2003, the company says.
Sophos has also garnered recognition for its virus detection and removal in independent laboratory tests conducted by bodies such as the ICSA, Virus Bulletin and West Coast Labs.
"There is no doubt that spyware and viruses are the two most dangerous types of Internet security threats facing PC users today," says David Moll, CEO of Webroot Software. "In the past year, we have witnessed a disturbing increase in not only the prevalence and maliciousness of spyware, but also the blending of these threats with varying payloads."