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05 May 2011

Sophos Links to SBL’s DOBUS™ Service to Enhance Ministry of Defence Protection

DOBUS™ to provide Sophos Endpoint Updates via a direct link to Sophos

IT Security and data protection company Sophos, today announced that they are linked to SBL’s DOBUS™ system (Data Out-of-Band Update Service).

DOBUS™ is a non-internet reliant, resilient, high-availability and trusted managed service that ensures the secure delivery of patches, fixes, and updates to the entire MoD community.

The existing DOBUS™ service is available FREE of charge to all MoD personnel and systems connected to MoD secure networks.

Sophos updates will now be delivered directly and securely from source to SBL’s accredited facility and then onwards to MoD secure networks. This dedicated link eradicates any reliance on the internet and therefore the inherent risks of interference with data, providing a truly secure and trusted source for updates.

Since the DOBUS system was introduced by SBL into the MoD in 2003 21 million visitors to the site have been recorded and over 19 million patches and updates have been downloaded.

“The requirements of the MoD are unique in that a high level of protection is required but downloads cannot be always made via the usual internet connection,” said Ciaran Rafferty, Vice President, Northern Europe & Middle East and Africa at Sophos. “While the restriction of internet access and permissions prevents threats from websites and links containing malware, it means that the way the Ministry approaches information security is very different to most organisations and the DOBUS™ system specifically caters for these requirements. We’re delighted to be working with SBL on this project to deliver enhanced protection to the MoD.”

About SBL

SBL are widely recognised as the market leader in Information Assurance and plays a key role in supporting Government through IA initiatives and services. SBL offers a comprehensive portfolio of software, hardware, and services, with an in-house professional services practice enabling the delivery of a comprehensive and innovative range of IT solutions.

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