No more headaches for network administrators responsible for
Sophos Anti-Virus, a world leader in corporate anti-virus
protection, today announced Remote Update, a new application that
easily updates remote computers with the latest virus protection
and upgrades of Sophos Anti-Virus software.
Designed to integrate with the Sophos Enterprise Manager suite,
Remote Update lets IT managers perform hassle-free updates of the
latest anti-virus protection on all their remote computers, such as
laptops and desktops outside the network.
Historically, network administrators have had difficulty
ensuring the security of remote computers used by employees,
leaving the corporate network vulnerable to infection. Remote
Update ensures that all computers, regardless of whether they are
permanently connected to the company network or not, are still
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 in an organisation'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
Remote Update installs Sophos Anti-Virus on company computers
outside the network, monitors for new virus protection, and updates
as required. It ensures that employees working from home or on the
road are able to remotely access a central installation directory
on their company's website or network via the internet, their wide
area networks (WANs) or their local area networks (LANs).
Remote Update can be configured to limit the amount of bandwidth
it uses 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. This
compares favourably to rival products, which are typically 50-100
times larger. Sophos already has a number of customers taking
advantage of this product, including Provident, the international
financial services group specialising in personal credit and motor
"At Provident, we have around 700 remote users, spread across
the entire country. With up to 800 new viruses being discovered
each month, keeping these remote users up to date with their virus
protection is a priority," said David Hopkins, network systems
support analyst at Provident. "Sophos's Remote Update makes
updating those working from home or on the road a breeze - allowing
us to remain confident that all our computers are running the very
latest virus protection."
Keeping systems up to date with the most recent virus protection
updates is a key to an effective anti-virus solution. Remote Update
transforms what could be a tedious or even difficult task into a
As an integral part of Sophos's award-winning Enterprise Manager
suite, Remote Update is designed to reduce administrative overheads
and ensure that the level of anti-virus protection is consistent
throughout the entire organisation.
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