Sophos Delivers New Automatic Anti-Virus Protection Distribution Tool

Enterprise Manager combines automatic and on-demand updates to improve corporate protection

Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, today announced the launch of Enterprise Manager, the first product in the next generation of Sophos Anti-Virus administration tools. Enterprise Manager provides automatic distribution of the very latest virus protection updates and Sophos applications as well as offering on-demand updates.

Using Enterprise Manager, network administrators can specify the time and frequency of scheduled automated downloads. These automatic updates can take place as often as hourly and, combined with Sophos’s rapid response to new virus threats, provide the very highest level of protection. The tool can also perform updates on demand, putting administrators in full control of their corporate anti-virus protection. Enterprise Manager uses proprietary technology to ensure that files have not been corrupted since they were issued by Sophos.

“Enterprise Manager can be installed and configured in minutes,” said Mark Laister, product manager at Sophos. “Enterprise Manager builds on, rather than replaces, existing anti-virus procedures, and – even though it can be set up to operate entirely automatically – it does not need dedicated hardware or database servers. Best of all, it does not require every computer in a network to update ‘live’ from an external website. This is a scaleable solution which does not require users or administrators to click anything.”

Enterprise Manager downloads both the most recently issued virus identities and Sophos software from a dedicated corporate website, ensuring that even during periods of heavy web traffic updates via Enterprise Manager continue to arrive at the scheduled time.

– Contacts the Sophos databank website at set times and downloads updated packages.
– Downloads and distributes new virus identities and product upgrades automatically.
– Offers automatic and manual distribution of Sophos software enterprise-wide.
– Deploys specified Sophos software to servers and workstations on the network.
– Allows the administrator to specify and schedule what is downloaded.
– Transfers only the necessary files to avoid sending duplicate data across network links and to reduce bandwidth usage.

Sophos is one of the world’s largest specialist developers of anti-virus software. Headquartered in the UK, its products are sold and supported through a global network of subsidiaries and partners in more than 150 countries. Sophos solutions are specifically designed to protect businesses and organisations from virus attack. The company’s products are widely deployed by large corporations, banks and governments.

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