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Sophos Brings Data Loss Prevention to the Mass Market

  • 16 October, 2009 10:49

<p>IT security and data protection firm Sophos today introduced new, content-aware Data Loss Prevention (DLP) technology, to radically simplify how companies mitigate against accidental data loss. By seamlessly integrating DLP into the new release of Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection (ESDP), Sophos can offer businesses greater control over sensitive data without any additional licensing costs*.</p>
<p>Businesses, which have been unable to expand their budgets or IT teams, can now use a single agent to protect against data loss, secure their networks against malware, adware, suspicious files and behaviour, as well as control unauthorised devices and applications. The Endpoint product also addresses many compliance requirements by providing full disk and removable storage encryption.</p>
<p>“Data protection is a serious issue, and it’s a matter of time until we see a high profile local data loss case publicised in Australia. We’re seeing an increased level of awareness from our customers that they need to protect data such as customers’ or employees’ personal information; and that it’s not an issue to be left solely with the IT department to sort out. Rather, organisations need to take responsibility to engage in all levels of the business, educate their employees and define and enforce a security policy that concerns information - in motion, in use or at rest,” said Rob Forsyth, Managing Director, Sophos, Asia Pacific.</p>
<p>Sophos’s DLP technology is designed to take the burden away from IT administrators. Through simple configuration, the solution allows organisations to avoid accidental data loss by warning its employees of possible breaches before any data is transferred. This approach allows IT teams to set flexible security policies that protect the company without impeding on business continuity or end-user productivity.</p>
<p>In addition to integrated data loss prevention, Sophos ESDP simplifies cross-platform security. Enhanced application and device control capabilities, such as setting the permissions for removable storage - including USB devices, external hard disks and wireless connection technologies (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Infrared) - is also included. IT administrators can centrally set group security policies as well as choose from a number of reports, which address compliance reporting requirements, via the Enterprise Console dashboard.</p>
<p>“We are making use of our 25 years worth of experience in anti-virus and encryption and adding DLP to what we already do,” said John Shaw, Vice President of endpoint security at Sophos. “Our agent is already scanning every file for malware, intercepting every communication and controlling every USB device, Bluetooth connection and so on. So far, the DLP industry has insisted on reinventing the wheel with separate agents and separate management infrastructure. This slows users down and involves the IT team in a huge project that they haven’t got time or money for, and it’s these overburdened IT teams who find our offering so appealing.”</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability – Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection is available for purchase immediately. Pricing is based on a per user basis; multi-year and sector-specific discounts are available. Licensing includes 24x7 support by phone, email and web.</p>
<p>Learn more about Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection http://www.sophos.com/products/enterprise/endpoint/</p>
<p>* Existing ESDP customers can upgrade at no additional charge</p>
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<p>About Sophos</p>
<p>More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing security and data protection solutions that are simple to manage, deploy and use and that deliver the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, and network access control solutions backed by SophosLabs—a global network of threat intelligence centers. With more than two decades of experience, Sophos is regarded as a leader in security and data protection by top analyst firms and has received many industry awards.</p>
<p>Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK and Boston, US. More information is available at www.sophos.com.</p>

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