Sophos, a world leader in IT security, announced today the
availability of its new integrated security solution for small- to
medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The launch of the product
coincides with research discovering that most small businesses are
failing to adequately protect themselves from malicious attack.
Sophos Security Suite
provides an all-in-one defense against threats on Windows and Mac
computers, laptops and servers. The software has been designed
specifically for smaller organizations that lack technical
expertise to quickly and easily protect their businesses against
today's increasingly complex security risks.
In September 2006, Sophos questioned over 540 small businesses,
and found that a staggering 64% were not updating their anti-virus
software in a timely manner to protect against the latest malicious
virus and other malware threats.
Sophos Security Suite combines protection against viruses,
spyware, adware, spam and unauthorised intrusion - in one easy to
install package that requires no technical expertise to install.
Crucially it requires no user intervention to keep up-to-date as
frequently as every ten minutes, and for the first time it
integrates the benefits of an host intrusion prevention system
(HIPS). Sophos's HIPS technology, Behavioral Genotype
Protection, examines computer programs before they run and
identifies malicious patterns and characteristics to identify and
block unknown malware. This combination of behavioral analysis and
automatic updates ensures SME are networks safe and secure, even in
the face of new and unknown threats.
The product also includes Sophos Client Firewall, which stops
application hijacking and prevents intrusion by hiding desktops and
remote computers from hackers, and is supported by Sophos's
unrivalled technical support, which is available 24-hours a day,
365-days a year.
"Too many IT security products for smaller companies are simply
re-packaged versions of an enterprise offering and still require
technical expertise to install and run," said Steve
Munford, CEO of Sophos. "Sophos's small business solutions
deliver the highest proactive protection with the lowest management
Central to the ease of use is the new Sophos Control Center with
its threat summary dashboard giving businesses an at-a-glance view
of the security status. Its ability to centrally remove adware and
other potentially unwanted applications, like remote administration
tools and rogue diallers, enables non-technical users to quickly
tackle any potential security concerns. Gateway and messaging
protection from spam, viruses and spyware is delivered by Sophos
PureMessage which scans all emails and Exchange message stores,
protecting against new and unknown email-borne threats.
"We've been very pleased with Sophos Security Suite," said Peter
de Blanc, managing director and head technician at Compco
Technologies, one of the beta testers of the new solution. "We've
been particularly impressed by its efficiency, which has meant we
haven't noticed any impact on our network resources, while the
management console is also very easy to use, particularly when
scheduling updates or scans."
Sophos Security Suite is available now from Sophos's network of
channel partners, along with Sophos Computer Security SBE and
Sophos Anti-Virus SBE which complete the Sophos small business
solutions portfolio. They are all supported by Sophos's unrivalled
technical support, which is available 24-hours a day, 365-days a