Sophos Web Appliance receives perfect score - 5/5 stars - from SC Magazine

January 19, 2009 Sophos Press Release

Sophos's web appliance received top marks in the review by SC Magazine Sophos's web appliance received top marks in the review by SC Magazine

IT security and control firm Sophos announced that SC Magazine has published a review of Sophos's WS1000 web appliance, which enables comprehensive web access control for safe, productive web browsing, awarding it 5 out of 5 stars.

The January 2009 review in SC Magazine concluded that Sophos's web appliance, which blocks spyware, viruses, phishing, malware, anonymizing proxies and other unwanted applications at the gateway, offers value for money, highlighting the ease of deployment, comprehensive reporting capabilities and exceptional web filtering rates.

"Social networking is a big issue nowadays and we had no problem blocking access to sites such as Facebook and MySpace, as they came under the Personals and Dating category," said David Mitchell from SC Magazine's testing labs, who conducted the review. "During testing we found the WS1000 delivered a very high success rate with its web filtering."

While most appliances become expensive to manage with annual maintenance contracts and update subscriptions, the review highlights the cost-effectiveness of Sophos's WS1000 web-filtering appliance since the cost of the hardware includes 24-hour global support as well as remote monitoring advising customers of problems.

The review also commended the WS1000's reporting facilities and policy operations, in particular the ability to customise access to particular users and groups. Administrators are also able to monitor users' web browsing activities as well as receive reports on which policies are being violated and how much bandwidth is being used.

"Businesses will find the WS1000 a good partner for enforcing acceptable use policies," concluded Mitchell. "It's easy to deploy and manage, offers tough policy-driven web content filtering and the new HTTPS scanning and Active Directory integration features bring a lot of extra value to this product."

Sophos Web Security and Control blocks spyware, viruses, phishing, malware, anonymizing proxies and other unwanted applications at the gateway. It is designed to easily fit into any network infrastructure, reducing administrative costs.