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05 Dec 2006

Sophos outperforms McAfee and Symantec in independent review

Sophos's small business offering tested by Cascadia Labs

Cascadia Labs
Cascadia Labs tested solutions from Sophos, Symantec and McAfee.

Sophos, a world leader IT security, today announced that its integrated protection for small business, including a firewall, spyware and virus protection, performed better than McAfee and Symantec's offerings in a comparative test from Cascadia Labs, an independent evaluator of technology products.

Cascadia Labs tested Sophos Computer Security Small Business Edition, SBE 2.0, against McAfee's Active VirusScan SMB Edition and Symantec's Client Security 3.1. The tests evaluated every aspect of running security software, including installation and deployment, usability, management and detection against known and unknown threats.

In particular Cascadia praised Sophos's SBE 2.0 for ease of use and speed of installation, the test showing it took half the time and a fraction of the steps when compared to Symantec and McAfee. Sophos's firewall and Behavioral Genotype Protection was also proven to be more effective at stopping new and previously unseen viruses and spyware.

"With its comprehensive scope, ease of use, and effectiveness at blocking and removing a variety of malware, Sophos Computer Security SBE 2.0 is clearly the most compelling small business solution in this test, outperforming both McAfee and Symantec small-business endpoint security offerings," reported Cascadia Labs.

"Security shouldn't be complicated," said John Stringer, small business product manager at Sophos. "We want to ensure small businesses get the highest level of protection. That means providing tools designed with a small business in mind rather than large enterprises. This report shows we are on the right track."

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