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05 Dec 2011

Sophos Brings Industry-First Complete Endpoint Protection

Fully integrated patch assessment, comprehensive web protection & filtering and encryption for the new threat environment

BOSTON, MA and OXFORD, UK – December 5, 2011 – IT security and data protection company Sophos today announced the latest version of its market-leading endpoint security solution.

Reducing the Attack Surface
According to industry estimates, as many as 90 percent of successful attacks are against vulnerabilities in which a patch already exists. Despite this statistic, many computers do not have the latest security patches installed, putting organizations at serious risk from a variety of malware threats. Patches are time-consuming to track and administer, and it is often difficult to see which computers actually have critical patches installed correctly. Without this visibility, IT managers have no simple method of identifying computers most at risk.

Sophos Patch Assessment identifies, prioritizes and scans for critical threat-related security patches. With the backing of SophosLabs, IT and security departments now know which threats a patch prevents, from the most critical to the least critical. Sophos Patch Assessment also enables scanning for Microsoft and third-party patches from vendors such as Adobe, Apple, Citrix, Microsoft, Skype and others. This is particularly important as the majority of today’s patches are not from Microsoft.

Web Protection and Filtering That Follows the User Everywhere
Security vendors are now combining reputation-based data with URL filtering to stop users from accessing sites known to be infected, or sites that repeatedly host malware or other unwanted content. Reputation-based URL filtering that performs real-time lookups against the security vendor’s database is especially effective at blocking the thousands of new malware sites, search engine optimization (SEO) poisoning attacks and hijacked trusted sites that pop up daily.

Sophos Web Filtering makes it easy to set a smart surfing policy for the top 14 most inappropriate site categories from within the Endpoint Enterprise Console. With Sophos Web Filtering, users are protected from these sites wherever they go, with no additional software or infrastructure required. Sophos Web Filtering enables better performance for users, as scanning is done locally, not back to a box in the datacenter, thereby reducing the number of boxes needed to manage web usage.

In a recent poll conducted on Naked Security asking if companies should block access to websites containing offensive content, more than 77 percent of the 4,600 respondents felt these sites should be blocked. 

Encryption Made Simple
Full-disk encryption in Sophos Endpoint ensures that data stored on desktops and laptops is kept secure, enabling IT staff to encrypt workstations and see their status. Moreover, Sophos encryption is integrated into this latest version of Sophos Endpoint, without a separate deployment or console required, making it faster and easier to install full-disk encryption on computers in just six clicks.

According to Gartner’s “Buyer's Guide to Endpoint Protection Platforms,” December 15, 2010, “by combining multiple technologies into a single management framework, EPPs (endpoint protection platforms) have the promise of increasing security while also lowering complexity, cost and administrative overhead.”

“We provide telecommunications, networking, construction, and project management services to companies around the world; and with more than 5,000 endpoints, it goes without saying that we have many people handling both sensitive and time-sensitive data on significant initiatives,” said Roger Dion, corporate director, Information Systems, Bell Technical Solutions. “As a long-time Sophos customer, we’re particularly excited about the web control and patch assessment features in their latest Endpoint solution. The ability to reduce management time while keeping all of our employees’ machines secure is an incredible value proposition.”

“We have received tremendous customer feedback on Sophos Endpoint 10, in particular, vulnerability assessment,” said Paul Prior, managing director, Foursys. “Being able to add this important functionality across multiple vendors, especially Adobe, has really struck a chord among those concerned with network security. And to have it all under the existing Sophos console is very attractive.”

“Our goal has always been to provide customers with complete security and protection everywhere—without complexity. The industry-first features within Sophos Endpoint 10 reaffirm that goal,” said Shaun Paice, vice president, product management, Sophos. “Sophos Endpoint 10 is the result of a close collaboration with our customers and partners—improved performance, client-side web protection, patch identification and prioritization, and integrated disk encryption management. It’s easier than ever to find at-risk computers, manage alerts, set policies and clean up threats.”

About Sophos

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing complete security solutions that are simple to deploy, manage, and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers.

Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.