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13 Feb 2006

Sophos launches fully integrated email security appliance

Sophos's award-winning email security now available as plug-and-play managed appliance

ES4000 email security appliance.

Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against computer threats, has announced the launch of the industry's first fully integrated managed email security appliance. Featuring an intuitive web-based interface and automated security updates, the enterprise-grade ES4000 protects against the growing threat of viruses, Trojans, spyware, spam and policy abuse in both inbound and outbound email traffic.

The Sophos ES4000 security appliance receives automated virus and spam protection updates every five minutes and can process millions of email messages each day. Its innovative 24-hour "heartbeat" remote monitoring, built-in diagnostics and on-demand remote assistance offer additional support to the email security manager, ensuring uptime whilst greatly reducing administration.

The ES4000's web-based dashboard displays an at-a-glance view of overall system performance, minimising time spent by administrators. The dashboard gives instant insight into system status, availability and real-time capacity. To allow the administrator to oversee the ES4000's performance, analysis reports and summaries are created on mail trends, performance, senders and policy analysis.

"External threats to network security are always evolving, and email security appliances like the ES4000 are needed to help organisations keep up with the pace of innovation displayed by virus writers, malware writers, and other dangerous elements," said Chris Christiansen, IDC VP of Security Products & Services. "For enterprises that need robust email security but want the convenience of an easy-to-manage appliance, Sophos's ES4000 is a strong option."

Unlike other appliance vendors on the market, Sophos is able to provide virus and spam protection from a single source. Powered by Sophos's industry-leading proprietary anti-spam and anti-virus engines - maintained by the SophosLabs™ global network of threat analysis centres - the ES4000 protects organisations against even the most complex threats.

"Sophos technology has been powering some of the most successful appliances on the market for years - in fact, 30% of companies running email security appliances are already benefiting from having Sophos under the hood," said Steve Munford, CEO, Sophos. "As the threats of viruses and spam have unified, so should the protection. Sophos is uniquely positioned to deliver the highest level of protection and the best email security experience."

Further bolstering performance, Sophos's proprietary Genotype detection technology makes use of forensic analysis to identify suspicious patterns and characteristics that are unique to either a virus family or a spam campaign. By analysing these Genotype patterns, Sophos's ES4000 reduces exposure to new unidentified threats and unwanted content.

ES4000 features include:

  • Automated system maintenance
  • Remote monitoring and secure remote assistance
  • Exception-driven alerting
  • Genotype virus and spam detection technology
  • Onboard quarantine
  • Quick and easy installation

Find out more about the ES4000 email security appliance.

Visit the Sophos press office for imagery of the ES4000.

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