Sophos has launched a new version of Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux. The software now supports on-access scanning for Linux platforms, and can as always detect viruses, Trojans, worms and spyware targeting Linux, as well as being able to remove such malware. The software is designed with enterprise environments in mind, and includes support for new kernels released by more than 20 distributions of Linux, in particular Red Hat, Suse and TurboLinux.

"Protecting Linux servers is now just as vital as protecting Windows PCs, since Linux systems are increasingly used to serve information in formats such as files or web pages to Windows clients. Although the majority of threats target Windows, threats can use insufficiently protected Linux machines as a vector into an organisation's network, allowing cyber-criminals to gain access and steal information or cause further damage," says Brett Myroff, CEO of South African Sophos distributor, Netxactics.