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Issue Date: June 2007

Sophos raises IT defences

28 June 2007

Single agent, single automated console for anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, host intrusion prevention and application control.
Sophos has announced the availability of Sophos Endpoint Security and Control 7.0, which provides the latest malware protection with innovations to help improve end-user productivity and reduce recurring IT management costs. Sophos' integrated solution provides information about the health and compliance of endpoints, controlling what users can do on their desktops while protecting against security threats.
Sophos Endpoint Security and Control enables organisations to deploy a single agent and conduct just one scan to detect viruses, spyware and adware, suspicious behaviour or files and unauthorised applications such as VoIP, IM, media players or gaming software - eliminating reliance on multiple scans from separate standalone products. It also allows enterprises to enforce security and control policies across tens of thousands of Windows, Mac and Linux computers from a single console. By synchronising with Microsoft Active Directory, organisations can ensure that their security policies across the network are automatically enforced as new computers are installed.
To protect against zero-day Windows threats, Sophos Endpoint Security and Control offers proactive intrusion prevention technology, incorporating Sophos' Behavioral Genotype Protection and pre-execution suspicious file detection, runtime analysis and buffer overflow protection, as well as the Sophos Client Firewall.
"To keep up with constant change in both the business and the threat environments, security needs to be baked into every business and IT process," says John Pescatore, VP distinguished analyst at Gartner. "The security products businesses use on their networks, their servers and their PCs need to provide security platforms that each year get more effective at quickly dealing with new threats and more efficient at dealing with mature ones."
The solution also includes the latest version of Sophos Enterprise Console, designed to simplify management of Windows, Mac and Linux protection by enabling deployment, updating, reporting and security policy enforcement from a single point. The centralised console provides a security dashboard for monitoring network-wide outbreak risk, while in addition, it enables organisations to block or allow the use of potentially unwanted applications, which can cause security concerns, as well as leading to legal, support or productivity issues.
"Unlike competing products, Sophos Endpoint Security and Control ensures the highest level of security while also enabling efficiency improvements," says Brett Myroff, CEO of master Sophos distributor, NetXactics. "Single scan offers a faster and more effective way to detect security or productivity threats. With many other vendors, customers have to rely on separate, standalone products, while Sophos delivers an integrated solution that ensures businesses can stay secure and in control of their networks."
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