Sophos Launches Fully Integrated Email Security Appliance

Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against computer threats, has announced the launch of the industry’s first fully integrated managed email security appliance. Featuring an intuitive web-based interface and automated security updates, the enterprise-grade ES4000 protects against the growing threat of viruses, Trojans, spyware, spam and policy abuse in both inbound and outbound email traffic.

With automated virus and spam protection updates delivered every five minutes, Sophos’s ES4000 security appliance can process millions of email messages each day. Its innovative 24-hour ‘heartbeat’ remote monitoring, built-in diagnostics and on-demand remote assistance offer additional support to the email security manager, ensuring uptime whilst greatly reducing administration.

The ES4000’s web-based dashboard displays an at-a-glance view of overall system performance, minimising time spent by administrators. The dashboard gives instant insight into system status, availability and real-time capacity. To allow the administrator to oversee the ES4000’s performance, analysis reports and summaries can be created on mail trends, performance, senders and policy analysis.

“External threats to network security are always evolving, and email security appliances like the ES4000 are needed to help organisations keep up with the pace of innovation displayed by virus writers, malware writers, and other dangerous elements,” said Chris Christiansen, IDC VP of Security Products & Services. “For enterprises that need robust email security but want the convenience of an easy-to-manage appliance, Sophos’s ES4000 is a strong option.”

Unlike other appliance vendors on the market, Sophos is able to provide virus and spam protection from a single source. Powered by Sophos’s industry-leading proprietary anti-spam and anti-virus engines – maintained by the SophosLabs global network of threat analysis centres – the ES4000 protects organisations against even the most complex threats.

“Sophos technology has been powering some of the most successful appliances on the market for years – in fact, 30% of companies running appliances are already benefiting from having Sophos under the hood,” said Steve Munford, CEO, Sophos. “As the threats of viruses and spam have unified, so should the protection. Sophos is uniquely positioned to deliver the highest level of protection and the best email security experience.”

Further bolstering performance, Sophos’s proprietary Genotype detection technology makes use of 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’s ES4000 reduces exposure to new unidentified threats and unwanted content.

ES4000 features include:
— Automated system maintenance
— Remote monitoring and secure remote assistance
— Exception-driven alerting
— Genotype virus and spam detection technology
— Onboard quarantine
— Quick and easy installation

Qualified businesses can take advantage of a free 30-day trial of the ES4000, which will be available from Sophos’s network of channel partners.

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About Sophos
Sophos is a world leader in integrated threat management solutions, developing protection against viruses, spyware, spam and policy abuse for business, education and government. Sophos’s reliably-engineered, easy-to-operate products protect more than 35 million users in more than 150 countries. Through 20 years’ experience and a global network of threat analysis centres, the company responds rapidly to emerging threats – no matter how complex – and achieves the highest levels of customer satisfaction in the industry.

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