Sophos delivers new automatic anti-virus protection distribution tool

July 03, 2002 Sophos Press Release

Enterprise Manager combines automatic and on-demand updates to improve corporate protection

Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, today announced the launch of Enterprise Manager, the first product in the next generation of Sophos Anti-Virus administration tools in Asia. Enterprise Manager provides automatic distribution of the very latest virus protection updates and Sophos applications to make life easier for IT managers.

Using Enterprise Manager, network administrators can specify the time and frequency of scheduled automated downloads. These automatic updates can take place as often as hourly and, combined with Sophos's rapid response to new virus threats, provide the very highest level of protection. The product can also perform updates on demand, putting administrators in full control of their corporate anti-virus protection. Enterprise Manager uses proprietary technology to ensure that files have not been corrupted since Sophos issued them.

"Enterprises today must continuously protect their computing environments against constant external and internal attacks," said Wilvin Chee, Manager, Software Research at IDC Asia Pacific. "Today, there are over 73,000 computer viruses in existence with hundreds more discovered each month. Many of the most prevalent viruses, Trojans and worms have spread across the globe in a matter of hours, hence keeping anti-virus software updated quickly is vital to protecting networks against new threats."

"Enterprise Manager can be installed and configured in minutes," said Charles Cousins, Managing Director, Sophos Anti-Virus Asia Pte Ltd, said. "Enterprise Manager builds on, rather than replaces, your existing anti-virus procedures, and even though it can be set up to operate entirely automatically, it does not need dedicated hardware or database servers. Best of all, it does not require every computer in your network to update 'live' from an external website. This is a scalable solution, which does not require users or administrators to click anything. It's a must for busy IT managers."

Enterprise Manager downloads both the most recently issued virus identities and Sophos software from a dedicated corporate website, ensuring that, even during periods of heavy web traffic, updates via Enterprise Manager continue to arrive at the scheduled time.

About Enterprise Manager

  • Contacts the Sophos databank website at set times and downloads updated packages
  • Downloads and distributes new virus identities and product upgrades, automatically
  • Offers automatic and on-demand distribution of Sophos software, enterprise-wide
  • Deploys specified Sophos software to servers and workstations on the network
  • Allows the administrator to specify and schedule what is downloaded
  • Transfers only the necessary files to avoid sending duplicate data across network links and to reduce bandwidth usage