updated 09:05 am EDT, Thu October 12, 2006
Sophos Security Suite
Sophos today announced its new integrated security solution for small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): Sophos Security Suite provides an all-in-one defense against threats on Windows and Mac computers, laptops and servers. The software has been designed specifically for smaller organizations that lack technical expertise, combining protection against viruses, spyware, adware, spam and unauthorized intrusion -- in one easy to install package. In addition, it requires no user intervention to keep up-to-date as frequently as every ten minutes, and for the first time it integrates the benefits of an host intrusion prevention system (HIPS) and also provides a centralized dashboard, offering an at-a-glance view of the security status. Pricing starts at $362 for a five-user license and 1-year of support/updates.
"Sophos's HIPS technology, Behavioral Genotype Protection, examines computer programs before they run and identifies malicious patterns and characteristics to identify and block unknown malware," the company said. "This combination of behavioral analysis and automatic updates ensures SME are networks safe and secure, even in the face of new and unknown threats."
The product also includes Sophos Client Firewall, which stops application hijacking and prevents intrusion by hiding desktops and remote computers from hackers; it is supported by Sophos's technical support, which is available 24-hours a day, 365-days a year.
"Too many IT security products for smaller companies are simply re-packaged versions of an enterprise offering and still require technical expertise to install and run," said Steve Munford, CEO of Sophos. "Sophos's small business solutions deliver the highest proactive protection with the lowest management burden."
Sophos PureMessage also provides Gateway and messaging protection from spam, viruses and spyware: it scans all emails and Exchange message stores, protecting against new and unknown threats, according to Sophos.