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05 Feb 2007

Sophos NAC 3.0 simplifies Network Access Control

Software solution secures and controls employees, guests and partners accessing corporate networks

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IT administrators can enforce policies over unsecured computers accessing their network with Sophos NAC 3.0.

At the RSA Conference today, Sophos, a world leader in IT security and control, launched Sophos NAC 3.0, a comprehensive network access control (NAC) solution for protecting against threats posed by unsecured computers. Giving IT administrators control over business partners, guests, and employees accessing their network, Sophos NAC 3.0 does not require firms to change their existing network hardware infrastructure or existing security software solution. IT teams can now easily manage who has access to what within the organization's network, while also better protecting systems from malware attacks.

Sophos NAC 3.0 combines powerful assessment and reporting tools with comprehensive policy enforcement capabilities. Organizations can ensure security compliance even before users connect to the enterprise network whether they are logging on by LAN, remote, wired, wireless, managed or unmanaged endpoints.

Some key functions include:

"Finding a balance between easy network access and security is always a conundrum for system administrators. Historically, these two applications run independently, requiring more administration time and related training," said Christian Christiansen, Program Vice President, Security Products & Services, IDC. "An integrated NAC solution strikes the necessary balance by protecting businesses' assets from malicious threats at all endpoints."


Sophos NAC 3.0.

Designed with flexibility and ease of use in mind, Sophos NAC 3.0 is centrally managed through an intuitive web interface. System administrators can create and manage policies that can be applied to employees, business partners, consultants and guests who may have access to the network. Endpoints can be permitted or denied access to the network, automatically remediated, isolated, quarantined, messaged or exempted from policies.

"In the real world, visitors are attaching their unprotected PCs to other companies' networks, and users are turning off their firewalls after they have logged into the network. Organizations allowing this behavior to continue are playing with fire," said Steve Munford, CEO, Sophos. "Sophos's policy-driven software NAC solution stops insecure and non-compliant computers from connecting to your network. In addition it prevents users from exposing networks to threats by stopping them from tampering with their security settings."

Sophos's Standard Support, included with every Sophos license, gives customers 24-hour support, every day of the year, provided by a globally managed team. Customers can contact Sophos engineers for one-to-one assistance at any time.

Sophos is exhibiting Sophos NAC 3.0 at the RSA Conference, Booth #1809, from February 5-9 2007 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA.

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