Sophos announces Remote Update to protect remote and mobile workers from viruses

February 19, 2003 Sophos Press Release

Remote Update's addition to the Enterprise Manager suite offers increased protection with minimal overhead

Singapore - Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus solutions, today announced the immediate availability of Remote Update, a new application that easily updates remote computers with the latest virus protection updates and upgrades for Sophos Anti-Virus software. Designed to fit in seamlessly with the Enterprise Manager suite, Remote Update offers yet another layer of protection to Sophos customers who connect to their network remotely.

Historically, network administrators have had difficulty ensuring the security of home workers and mobile employees, leaving the entire corporate network vulnerable through this avenue. Remote Update ensures that employees who aren't always, or rarely, connected to corporate wide area network (WAN) are protected against the very latest virus threats.

"With the number of viruses 'in the wild' increasing every day, organisations need to take proactive steps to protect themselves," said Brian Burke, senior research analyst of internet security software at IDC. "Telecommuters and 'road warriors' are one of the most vulnerable points to an organization's security network, and administrators have had a traditionally difficult time enforcing strict security measures. Sophos's Remote Update application combats one of the biggest security concerns of this vulnerable population."

Remote Update installs and monitors Sophos's desktop software, Sophos Anti-Virus, on remote users' computers, updating it with new virus protection as required.

Through Remote Update, employees from home or on the road are able to access a central installation directory (CID) on their companies' websites or networks via the internet, their WAN or their local area networks (LAN). Remote Update can be easily configured to monitor the amount of bandwidth available to ensure that other applications are not hindered by virus updates. To keep bandwidth requirements to a minimum, Sophos virus protection updates are typically only 1-2 KB in size, while the monthly product update or upgrade is as small as 250 KB.

One of the keys to an effective anti-virus solution is keeping the system up-to-date with the most recent virus protection updates. This task can be tedious and even difficult in larger organizations. Created to address this concern, the Enterprise Manager suite reduces administrative overhead and ensures that the entire organization is consistent in its level of security.

The Enterprise Manager Suite currently consists of the following four components:

  • EM Console, the interface to the suite;
  • EM Library, an application that enables the secure, automatic download and distribution of Sophos Anti-Virus and the latest virus identity files from a dedicated Sophos website to local file servers and desktops;
  • SAVAdmin, a graphical management tool that can install, configure and monitor Sophos Anti-Virus across a multi-server Windows network from a single, central Windows machine; and
  • Remote Update, an application that enables the download of virus protection and Sophos Anti-Virus product updates to the desktops of remoteusers through the Internet, or the organization's WAN or LAN connections.

The Enterprise Manager suite is available now, including the Remote Update application.

More information on Remote Update.