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Podcast: Think your network is protected? Think again

May 22, 2008 Sophos Press Release
John Shaw.
John Shaw discusses how corporate networks are put at risk by PCs running out-of-date security software or not being up to date with patches.

Sophos, a world leader in IT security and control, today announced that it has published a new podcast discussing how poorly configured computers pose a threat to businesses.

Sophos director of endpoint security John Shaw is interviewed by Carole Theriault about the state of security in the market, and how research shows that a large percentage of corporate computers are missing security patches or running out-of-date protection software.

In the podcast, entitled "Think your network is protected? Think again", Shaw describes Sophos's free tool that enables computer users to check if machines are a security risk, and the startling results the utility has uncovered.

About the Sophos Endpoint Assessment Test

The Endpoint Assessment Test is a free tool that scans a computer and assesses whether it is a security risk to your organization. A single scan checks that:

  • your Microsoft service pack is the current one for your operating system
  • your Microsoft patches are all up to date
  • anti-virus protection is installed, running and current
  • a personal firewall is installed and running

The Endpoint Assessment Test checks for over 600 patches, 28 anti-virus applications, and 22 firewall applications. It uses the Sophos ActiveX dissolvable agent to scan in passive "report-only" mode. Once the scan is done, the agent presents the results.

All Sophos podcasts are available for download at Previous podcasts have covered topics such as image spam, phishing, Microsoft Windows Vista, corporate security policies, network access control, and rootkits.