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14 Nov 2007

Sophos Email Appliances set a new standard in efficient security management

New managed appliances offer simplified approach to organizations' complex messaging and policy requirements including data leakage prevention

Sophos email appliances now include new functionality, including data leakage prevention.

IT security and control firm Sophos today announced new versions of its Sophos Email Appliances, ES1000 and ES4000, to provide intelligent and easy-to-manage security, which blocks malware, potentially unwanted applications and spam from entering the network via the email gateway.

The new versions of Sophos Email Appliances provide a comprehensive range of user- and group-specific policy controls for email and other organizational policy requirements that, once set, can be monitored and enforced by Sophos's unique managed appliance platform. The new versions also introduce expanded policy-based functionality to address the heightened demands surrounding potential loss of sensitive data, enforcement and compliance with legal and governance requirements, and increasingly more complex policies surrounding acceptable use of email.

In response to a growing demand for simpler security solutions, Sophos Email Appliances uniquely automate the monitoring of all functions of the appliances, traffic, and other inline systems to ensure email service is available and operating at peak performance. Administrators can select to either manage their appliances directly or enable Sophos to monitor and handle any situations that could arise through comprehensive remote management capabilities and direct customer contact, if required. Coupled with the ease-of-installation and performance benefits of a customized hardware appliance, the advanced monitoring and alerting technology delivers unprecedented peace of mind for the administrator.

"As our IT resources are extremely busy, we saw the hardened appliance as a way to reduce the amount of administration time associated with managing this environment," said Ron Yeager, manager of technical services for Virginia Mason Medical Center. "The Sophos Email Appliance is easy-to-manage and update, very reliable and the performance is excellent. As our industry is acutely diligent about protecting patient data, Sophos allows us to easily configure inbound and outbound policies that prevent data leakage."

"Sophos Email Appliances offer significant value, especially for organizations that want to ensure their most sensitive data is properly monitored and secured," said Steve Leslie, senior VP of sales and marketing for Softchoice. "Our focus is helping organizations to find better ways to manage their environments by identifying technologies that boost productivity and minimize risk. With the addition of features like auto-generated reporting, Sophos is clearly making it easier to deliver on this promise."

Supported by SophosLabs™, Sophos's global network of threat analysis centers, updates for the Sophos Email Appliances are available every five minutes to ensure the latest protection is always in place. In addition to SophosLabs' continuous 24/7 protection, Behavioral Genotype® Protection allows for superior proactive blocking of new and unknown threats.

Some key benefits of Sophos Email Appliances include:

  • Wizard-based policy: The ability to easily configure a comprehensive set of inbound and outbound rules according to an organizations' established Acceptable Use Policies.
  • TLS encryption: Prevents eavesdropping and interception of email with built-in TLS encryption (server-to-server) and is integral to data loss prevention capabilities.
  • Data leakage prevention: Administrators can also prevent leakage of confidential information via email by creating policies to managing keyword lists, strings and attachment file types.
  • "Three clicks to anywhere" Web-based management console: The comprehensive, powerful and effective management console. This dashboard displays the status of the system, including mail flow, software and threat updates, and also offers rapid access to other management functions.
  • Message tracking for the helpdesk: Provides a complete view of message movement through logs, queues and quarantine quickly and easily, using a centralized interface and the ability to search against a range of attributes such as sender, recipient, message ID, and date.

"IT administrators' most recent complaints about email security have been administrative burdens and potential loss of confidential data," said Chris Kraft, vice president of product management for Sophos. "Sophos Email Appliances were designed to specifically address these problems by pre-defining comprehensive policies that alleviate the IT administrator from having to configure and manage these tasks. In the end, our managed appliances should fulfill its promise of empowering the IT administrator to have more time for other business-centric issues."

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.

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