Sophos Enterprise Solutions Add Proactive Threat Detection And Address Complexity Of Threats

Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against spam and viruses, today announced the latest edition of Sophos enterprise solutions. Offering gateway, server and endpoint protection, enterprise solutions introduces Genotype detection technology, a method of using forensic analysis to identify suspicious patterns and characteristics that are unique to either a virus family or a spam campaign. By analysing these Genotype patterns, Sophos can reduce exposure to new unidentified threats and unwanted content.

The Sophos products incorporate new architecture to address the security needs of medium-to-large enterprises, which inevitably have complex IT infrastructures. Sophos’s new easy-to-use management tools integrate updating and reporting tasks, removing much of the existing administration costs.

“Enterprise solutions takes all the best bits from the Sophos product range and groups them under one easy-to-use console,” said Kerry Hoskin, PC network manager at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory. “It is now even easier to install and get it up and running, protecting the whole network – including remote users. The management and reporting tools are greatly improved, giving administrators lots of feedback as to the state of client PCs.”

“With today’s ever-evolving security threats, companies need reliable protection that is easy to manage. The latest enterprise offerings from Sophos have enhanced proactive detection, ensuring all points of the network are protected,” said Gary Thomassen, head of product management at Sophos. “Early visibility ensures that threats are harmless even before they are created.”

A significant addition to Sophos’s endpoint protection is an improved management interface in the form of the new Sophos Enterprise Console. This administration console incorporates a flexible management architecture that meets the needs of organisations looking to simplify the management of Windows and Macintosh anti-virus protection across their network of desktops and servers – including those running in multiple locations.

IT administrators benefit from a range of features including central deployment, enforceable network-wide anti-virus policies and powerful integrated reporting. With the ability to manage by exception, IT administrators can also identify those computers with non-existent or outdated protection, remedying potential vulnerabilities quickly and easily. To help businesses meet the increasing need to manage security for their remote users, Sophos has designed Enterprise Console with a built-in database system to centrally track and report the status of these machines.

Sophos’s email gateway and mail server product line, PureMessage, has also added integration and management capabilities. New features in the gateway product (PureMessage for UNIX 5.0) include a new reporting engine that provides greater visibility into filtering performance and expanded, flexible reporting timeframes. Additional features include easy LDAP integration, enhanced end-user web interface robustness and performance, native support for the Sun Java System Messaging Platform, and streamlined deployment. PureMessage 2.1 for Windows/Exchange offers installation improvements and scalability enhancements.

“Corporate networks have become expensive and cumbersome to manage. Businesses are looking for solutions that can both comprehensively protect all points of the network against threats and reduce the complexity of managing an enterprise’s security,” said Matt Cain of analyst firm the META Group. “Today’s enterprises are looking for intuitive and manageable solutions that offer early protection against multiple threats.”

Sophos enterprise solutions are backed by SophosLabs, a global network of virus and spam analysis centres, which provide unparalleled 24-hour protection against the latest threats. Sophos is also introducing its new support packages designed specifically for large enterprises. While Sophos is known for its acclaimed 24/7 technical support, the new support offerings cater to enterprises requiring even higher levels of customised support.

The new Sophos Anti-Virus products and PureMessage for Windows/Exchange is scheduled to begin roll-out at the end of February 2005, with PureMessage for Unix to follow thereafter. For more information, please visit

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About Sophos
Sophos is a world leading computer security specialist, developing anti-virus and anti-spam software. Headquartered in the UK, the company produces solutions tailored for businesses of all sizes – from small enterprises to global corporations. Sophos is acclaimed for delivering the highest level of customer satisfaction and protection in the industry. The company’s products are sold and supported in more than 150 countries and protect more than 35 million users.

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