Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Avira and OPSWAT Announce Technical Partnership

Avira, the leading German provider of antivirus and IT Security solutions and OPSWAT cooperate to make sure that the OPSWAT customers can detect, assess and manage Avira endpoint security applications.

Tettnang, Germany and San Francisco, CA, 7 September 2006 – Avira and OPSWAT (www.opswat.com) today announced a partnership, whereby Avira will provide OPSWAT with APIs and detailed technical support to AntiVir 7, the leading AntiVirus solution in Germany. The partnership will guarantee both companies an even firmer position in the IT security industry.

As a leading German security specialist, Avira has sound experience in the development and support of its solutions. In addition to programs specifically used on single workstations, Avira primarily offers professional solutions for cross-system protection of networks on various levels. Avira’s national and international customers include renowned corporations listed on the stock exchange but also educational institutions and public authorities.

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OPSWAT enables technology companies marketing network access control (NAC) and remote access products in order to detect, assess, manage and remediate 400+ anti-spyware, antivirus and personal firewall applications from over 35 endpoint security vendors.  OPSWAT customers which include, Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, f5 Networks, Symantec--have deployed products using OPSWAT tools to over 4 million endpoints.

“OPSWAT is certain that security companies and their customers need to centrally manage and enforce security policies of remote endpoints,” said Benny Czarny, CEO of OPSWAT.  “Therefore, OPSWAT designs solutions to provide insight into the security state of each endpoint using data provided by the security applications installed on these same endpoints.”

“Being an Avira partner ensures OPSWAT SDKs the highest level of support for the complete Avira AntiVir product family,” said Tom Mullen, Director of Business Development at OPSWAT.  “Due to this partnership our customers enjoy enhanced capability to support end-customer organizations standardized on Avira endpoint security products.

"As a dominant and market leader in endpoint security with far more than 15 million users in Germany, we are very cautious about who we partner with," said Arthur Baumann, Director of International Business Development at Avira. "OPSWAT fits the bill in terms of quality and commitment to technical excellence."
Current OPSWAT support for Avira endpoint security applications is described at http://www.opswat.com/antivirussdk_supportedapps.shtml.

About Avira

Avira is a worldwide leading supplier of self-developed security solutions for professional and private use. With more than twenty years of experience, the company is one of the pioneers in this field.

The security expert has several locations in Germany and partnerships in Europe, Asia and America. At its headquarters in Tettnang near Lake Constance, Avira is one of the region’s largest employers with more than 180 employees. Worldwide more than 250 persons are employed and their work regularly wins awards. Avira AntiVir Personal, used by millions of private users, represents a significant contribution to security.


OPSWAT, Inc. (www.opswat.com) is a leading provider of endpoint security integration technologies and data services. OPSWAT customers include networking and security technology companies, system integrators and corporations seeking to detect, assess, manage and remediate security features of anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-phishing anti-spam, personal firewall, browser, instant messaging and VPN client applications. Founded in 2002, the company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with an additional office in Herzliya, Israel.

Company Contact:

Adela Kohl/Gernot Hacker
Lindauer Str. 21
D-88069 Tettnang
Telefon: +49 (0) 7542-500 0
Telefax: +49 (0) 7542-525 10
Email: press@avira.com  

Press contact:

Jacklin Montag
Tel.: +49 (0) 89-17 30 19 19
Email: antivir@lewispr.com  

About Avira

Avira protects people in the connected world – enabling everyone to manage, secure, and improve their digital lives. The Avira umbrella covers a portfolio of security and performance applications for Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. In addition, the reach of our protective technologies extends through OEM partnerships. Our security solutions consistently achieve best-in-class results in independent tests for detection, performance, and usability. Avira is a privately-owned company that employs 500 people. Its headquarters are near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany, and the company has additional offices in Romania, India, Singapore, China, Japan & the United States. A portion of Avira's sales support the Auerbach Foundation, which assists education, children, and families in need. For more information about Avira visit www.avira.com.