Sophos, Akonix Partner On Virus Protection

San Diego-based Akonix and Massachusetts-based Sophos have partnered to provide the Sophos virus protection engine bundled with the Akonix instant messaging gateway. Akonix said that it will use the Sophos anti-virus detection engine to black instant messaging worms, viruses, and other harmful software at the company's gateway. Akonix is targeting enterprises who need to control, log, or archive instant messaging within a company. Akonix is backed by Menlo Ventures, Mission Ventures, Palomar Ventures, and Windward Ventures.