Sophos launches consolidated defence against viruses and spam for small businesses

April 19, 2004 Sophos Press Release

New small business solutions ease IT security headaches

Sophos Small Business Suite CD box

Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against viruses and spam, today unveiled its new range of small business solutions, designed to meet the computer security needs of companies with less than 100 employees. The solutions provide businesses with products that are easy to install, use and update, ideal for companies with limited IT resources.

A recent poll* of nearly 4,000 small- to medium-sized businesses revealed that 80% of companies found the flood of spam made them less productive at work, yet only 28% currently have an anti-spam solution in place. To avoid the spam plague, small companies need a simple yet robust solution, designed to be easily managed and maintained.

"The ongoing deluge of spam, as well as the increase in destructive viruses, worms, mail bombs and denial-of-service attacks, necessitates that small businesses adopt a proactive approach to email hygiene, with effective protection not just at the desktop, but at all levels of their network," said Matt Cain, vice president, Meta Group. "A multi-layered, integrated anti-virus and anti-spam solution that is preconfigured and simple to operate and maintain, is key for the email security of small businesses."

The Sophos Small Business Suite provides full protection against today's virus and spam threats at all points of entry. Comprised in this suite are the Sophos PureMessage Small Business Edition, which combines award-winning virus and spam protection for the email gateway, and Sophos Anti-Virus Small Business Edition, which offers a comprehensive desktop and server defence against the virus threat.

Small companies rarely have a dedicated IT department and need to devote time to managing their business, rather than worrying about the latest mass-mailing virus threat or dealing with large quantities of spam. Sophos PureMessage Small Business Edition addresses this need by automatically downloading the latest virus and spam protection. By filtering email at the Exchange or SMTP gateway, neither end-users nor administrators need to deal with unwanted mail, and the network runs more efficiently as it no longer has to process unwanted messages.

As many virus threats travel by means other than email, such as network shares, the internet and wireless networks, small businesses also need to protect their desktop computers and servers. Sophos Anti-Virus Small Business Edition provides award-winning protection against viruses for Windows and Apple Mac desktop and server computers, in a single solution that is easily deployed and maintained for small network environments.

"We cannot afford to compromise our business integrity by sending out a virus to one of our customers or competitors," said James Young, corporate IT manager, at Two Way TV. "We wanted a solution that was easy to use and would maintain itself automatically - the Sophos Small Business Suite does just this. It protects our computers from security threats at the desktop and server, meaning we are safe from virus attacks."

Although fully aware of potential damage from viruses in terms of productivity and company credibility, many small businesses do not have the time and resources to devote to IT security, so need a user-friendly, out-of-the-box solution. Sophos has designed its Sophos small business solutions to be easy to deploy and update against emerging threats.

All of Sophos's small business products are automatically kept updated via the internet, providing hands-off operation. Virus identities and new spam identification methods are delivered from Sophos's worldwide labs for automatic updating. Individual remote users can choose to update either from their company network or directly from Sophos, while for those connecting to the internet via a modem, updates can be checked on detection of a dial-up connection.

The solution's control centre allows administrators to centrally deploy Sophos Anti-Virus to new computers and configure and monitor updates via the management console. Status information on every Windows computer where Sophos Anti-Virus is installed is recorded and displayed, alerting the administrator should a virus be detected.

"Small businesses need software which is simple and intuitive, easy to install and maintain, and competitively priced," said Ronnie Sutherland, product manager, Sophos. "We have an excellent track record at protecting large companies with industrial strength protection against viruses and spam. The introduction of dedicated products for small businesses enables us to expand our remit into this sector."

More information about Sophos's small business solutions.

*Sophos online survey, 3731 respondents from small- to medium-sized businesses, 2004.