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28 Feb 2012

Sophos Makes Cloud Encryption Simple

Businesses can now utilize cloud to store and share data without inherent security risks; users can now access data on the go from any device or location

IT security and data protection company Sophos today announced the latest version of its leading data protection solution, SafeGuard Enterprise, which offers the industry’s first enterprise cloud encryption capabilities. SafeGuard protects critical data in public, private and hybrid cloud environments. 

Securing the Cloud Automatically

Many of today’s businesses use cloud services to store and share sensitive data; cloud services are useful tools that let people get to their files from anywhere and, on any device. However, many others feel there is still considerable risk with cloud services; they are hesitant to embrace due to uncertainties around where data is stored, and are uneasy about cloud services having full access to this data.

According to the (November 2011) Ernst & Young Global Information Security Survey, 61 percent of respondents will be using or evaluating cloud services within the next year. This will be a mix of public, private and hybrid cloud environments. However, 52 percent of organizations said they haven’t implemented controls to mitigate data risk in the cloud.  

SafeGuard Encryption for Cloud Storage automatically encrypts files uploaded to the cloud from any managed endpoint, reinforcing “protection everywhere” peace of mind. This simple process requires little more than choosing a password, which allows secure file access from anywhere – thereby improving collaboration and increasing productivity.

“This latest version of SafeGuard Enterprise with its cloud encryption capabilities complements our efforts to make our hardware work the best with the cloud,” said Clain Anderson, director of software, Lenovo. “The combination of Lenovo PC products and Sophos software enables companies to confidently utilize the cloud to improve productivity without compromising data security.”

Securing the Internal Cloud Storage

Data protection is more than stopping sensitive files from being leaked by unauthorized users. IT staff typically have access to every file on the network, which is both daunting and stressful, especially in the event of data breaches or other malicious activities. With SafeGuard Encryption for File Share, this stress is alleviated, as only privileged users have access to sensitive data. SafeGuard FileShares uses central keys to give access to files for authorized users or groups, while keeping these files encrypted for everyone else. More importantly, SafeGuard ensures that all files remain encrypted regardless if copied or moved to another drive, network or device.

Data on the Move

According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2011 to 2016, there will be approximately eight billion mobile devices by 2016, which will exceed the world’s population. 

As the roaming workforce increases, so does the need to access data on the go. However, sensitive data that is available via mobile devices is not always encrypted. Safeguard Enterprise changes that with seamless integration between the cloud and mobile devices. The Sophos Mobile Encryption App works in conjunction with SafeGuard Encryption for Cloud Storage. Users encrypt their data using the SafeGuard Encryption for Cloud Storage and this data is available via smart phones and tablets to authorized users irrespective of location.

“One of Verizon’s challenges is to secure not just laptops and disk drives, but also files on servers, stored in the cloud and accessed from mobile devices,” said Paul Dooley, Information Technology Manager, Verizon. “SafeGuard Enterprise gives us data protection options—from computers, flash drives, shared network folders and to the cloud. Sophos is securing our data and keeping management simple.”

“In today’s business world, users are everywhere, and data protection needs to be everywhere too,” said Matthias Pankert, Vice President, Product Management , Sophos . “With businesses continuing to experience costly and embarrassing breaches, it's more important than ever to secure data. The latest version of SafeGuard Enterprise provides complete data protection.”

Sophos will showcase SafeGuard, among its other leading solutions, at RSA (booth #1817). For additional information on SafeGuard, please visit www.sophos.com/sgn6 .

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.