Sophos makes web surfing secure with launch of WS1000

Sophos Press Release

New appliance provides industry's best protection against web-borne threats

Sophos WS1000 Web Security Appliance
The Sophos WS1000 Web Security Appliance.

Sophos, a world leader in integrated threat management solutions, today launched the WS1000, the industry's first all-in-one web control platform designed to provide trusted content security, application control and URL filtering in a single appliance solution. The WS1000 appliance ensures a secure web browsing experience as it protects against all forms of threats as well as productivity inhibitors with no negative effect on user experience.

Malware writers consistently seek the easiest entry point into the network. Today, that point is the web. The emergence of Web 2.0 has amplified the level of exposure by redefining how individuals interact with the internet. In addition to accessing unregulated sites, increasingly web-savvy users are downloading applications and streaming audio/video. Current business defenses inadequately protect against the new set of threats posed by this user behavior.

"Faced with superior defenses at other points on the network, sophisticated hackers have turned to the web as a new way to penetrate an enterprise," said Per Andersen, Group VP of IDC EMEA. "Our research shows that 30 percent of companies with 500 or more employees have been infected as a result of internet surfing, indicating a tremendous need for a solution that protects end-users from the growing number of web-based threats."

Organizations require a complete platform-based solution from a trusted vendor that addresses all security needs including web-specific content security, application control and URL filtering.

The WS1000 answers those needs by defending against the three categories of threats-known, emerging and unknown-regardless of their type (spyware, viruses, Trojans, worms, adware, phishing attacks, etc.). Sophos's WS1000 protection is powered by intelligence gathered from scanning billions of unique web pages, identifying more than 5,000 new malware-hosting URLs daily.

Additionally, Sophos's application control allows administrators to quickly decide what is permitted in the network thereby mitigating threat entry and managing bandwidth.

Sophos's technical expertise strengthens the WS1000's critical value to any organization. Notable benefits include:

"The deployment of WS1000 was among the easiest I've seen, and I was particularly impressed with the intuitive management console, which allowed me to quickly navigate and view web traffic statistics, usage and performance reports," said Wally Eisenhart, Network Administrator at Sungard Pentamation. "In our tests, the WS1000 prevented malware flawlessly without sacrificing on performance. Since end-users are reliant on using the web on a daily basis, it is essential that they are able to do so both quickly and safely."

The WS1000 appliance boasts an easy-to-use interface. Click here for a larger graphic
The WS1000 appliance boasts an easy-to-use interface.

"Sophos continues to head the list of 'industry firsts' with the WS1000 as it's the first, complete web security control platform," said Steve Munford, CEO, Sophos. "Malicious attackers are moving at a greater speed than ever before - some changing their web-hosted malware every 15 minutes to try and avoid detection. Our ability to track billions of web pages for malicious code means that organizations can deploy the best, most comprehensives defense against all threats."

Sophos also announced today that it has partnered with SurfControl to incorporate into the WS1000 appliance SurfControl's market-leading URL classification engine, which has categorized over 3 billion web pages. The partnership will bring the benefits of the world's leading combination of URL filtering and malware protection into one solution.

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’ complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’ award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, U.K., and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol “SOPH.” More information is available at