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EMS-Global adds Sophos Anti-Virus Protection


EMS-Global adds Sophos Anti-Virus Protection to EMS Cortex platform

OEM agreement signals strategic partnership with global developer of corporate anti-virus software

EMS-Global Ltd, New Zealand's leading provider of secure Internet connectivity services, today announced the signing of an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) agreement with Sophos, a world leader in anti-virus protection for business. Under the terms of the agreement, Sophos Anti-Virus will now feature as an imbedded element of EMS-Global's highly successful flagship product, EMS Cortex.

EMS Cortex ensures a secure Internet Protocol (IP) communication platform, allowing service providers, such as telcos, to give customers safe and secure access to a range of value added network services, monitored and managed around the clock.

As the core component of 'Safecom', EMS Cortex is the technology chosen by Telecom New Zealand to underpin the security of its data services delivery to major corporate customers in New Zealand. EMS Cortex is available in Australia through 'SecurePoint', a managed services offering from AAPT, while British Telecom has introduced EMS Cortex to the United Kingdom market under the 'Ultimus' brand of security offerings. In addition, EMS Cortex is available through the Managed Service Provider (MSP) model in Australia, Asia and Europe.

"EMS Cortex offers a solution that incorporates many of the world's best security features, offering protection 24/7," said Wayne Rowe, General Manager, New Zealand, for EMS-Global. "Sophos adds an important layer of anti-virus scanning to the EMS Cortex framework, providing heightened protection against virus attacks and greater confidence to businesses."

Telecom New Zealand welcomes addition of Sophos to EMS Cortex

In welcoming the addition of Sophos Anti-Virus Protection to the EMS Cortex platform, Chris Quin, General Manager of Telecom Advanced Solutions said that EMS Cortex, the core technology within Telecom's 'Safecom' brand, has achieved considerable success within the corporate market. "EMS Cortex is an essential component of 'Safecom' which delivers security and integrity to our major customers," he said. "State-of-the-art virus protection is a key component to that offering, and we are pleased that EMS-Global has selected a world-leading solution in corporate anti-virus protection to further enhance the EMS Cortex platform."

Sophos enters strategic alliance with EMS-Global

According to Sophos's Stuart Palmer, Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, the agreement with EMS-Global represents a strategic alliance for Sophos, underscoring the company's commitment to boost sales through imbedded or bundled solutions. "EMS Cortex is a great platform for service providers and, with the inclusion of Sophos Anti-Virus, offers businesses very high security," he said.

"We recognise the regional strengths of the EMS-Global offering in New Zealand and Australia through its partnerships with Telecom New Zealand and AAPT, and we are delighted that EMS-Global has selected Sophos to be its strategic partner."

About EMS-Global

EMS-Global is a major telecom security and professional services company that designs and builds smart solutions for telcos, service providers, corporate and government organisations in New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Asia.

Founded in 1996 by Chief Executive Officer, Waynne Dartnall, EMS-Global has more than 80 employees working from offices in Auckland, Sydney, London, and Singapore.

In 2001, 3i Plc Ltd (www.3i.com), the largest technology venture capital investor in Europe, secured a 35% shareholding in EMS-Global. 3i is a FTSE 100 company and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. The NZ$17 million working capital from 3i has allowed EMS-Global to accelerate its development activities as well as strengthen operations in Europe, New Zealand and Australia. This has also led to the establishment of new channels for the core technologies created by the company's development group.

More information on EMS-Global Limited and the EMS Cortex technology platform is available at www.ems-global.com http://www.ems-global.com

About Sophos

Sophos is one of the world's largest specialist developers of corporate anti-virus software. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, its products are sold and supported through a global network of subsidiaries and partners in more than 150 countries. Australia hosts one of Sophos's three global high-security virus analysis laboratories. Sophos solutions are specifically designed to protect businesses and organisations from virus attack. The company's products are widely deployed by large corporations, banks and governments.

More information on Sophos is available at www.sophos.com http://www.sophos.com

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