Sophos, Inc.'s new electronic newsletter provides network
administrators with more than just company and industry
Woburn, Mass. Sophos, Inc., a leading developer of network-based
anti-virus solutions, today announced its latest weapon in the
on-going battle against viruses, hoaxes and mis-information.
Following the problems caused by the Melissa and ExploreZip viruses,
Sophos designed enews, a
free electronic news service designed to get timely, accurate,
information directly to the people who need it. Although the
service is designed for network administrators, anyone can subscribe.
Once registered, users receive regular updates on all the latest
viruses, as well as information about hoaxes and other scares that
may be in the news.
"Virus protection isn't just about software," explained Richard
Jacobs, President of Sophos, Inc. "It's about information. Users
often can't tell whether a virus report represents an immediate
threat, a low level background risk, or is a hoax. enews is
designed to provide this information, saving companies money and
increasing security, by ensuring that they can match their response
to the threat."
Recent virus incidents have directed public attention to viruses
and the need for timely, accurate information. While Melissa and
ExploreZip were the most serious virus outbreaks ever seen,
Remote Explorer was
only reported at one site. The media coverage of these three
incidents, however, was very similar, making it difficult for users
to know which needed immediate action and which could wait until
morning. With enews, network administrators can now avoid wasted
time and confusion by becoming educated on which viruses are most
threatening and which are not.
Additionally, users of Sophos Anti-Virus can register at the same site to receive
automatic notification of the availability of additional virus
identity files. Administrators can then download these files,
install them on their file-servers and have them automatically
deployed to every PC, within minutes. Two levels of alert are
available: users can choose whether to be informed every time a new
identity is made available, or only for those that Sophos consider
to represent serious threats.