The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2015-04-15T00:42:00Z Sophos redefines enterprise mobility management with user-based data protection and cloud-based management 2015-04-15T00:42:00Z sophos-redefines-enterprise-mobility-management-with-user-based-data-protection-and-cloud-based-management Sydney, Australia – April 15, 2015 – Sophos today announced the availability of Sophos Mobile Control 5 (SMC 5), to further simplify mobile device management by setting security and data policy by user, across all three major mobile platforms in one solution. New management options enable an administrator to easily achieve the separation and encryption of personal and corporate information, as well as configure access and security settings through automated tasks, reducing management time and costs.   Typically, each device (laptop, tablet, iPad or smartphone) would have to be configured, updated and managed individually, but by managing rights based on user, IT managers only have to set one policy, from any remote location, to manage the security of corporate content stored on the device or in a personal cloud. With a re-designed self-service portal, Sophos Mobile Control 5 makes compliance with corporate security policy simple for both administrator and end user across iOS 8, Windows Phone and Android platforms.   “IT administrators need to secure and manage all the various devices employees use today to get work done – smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops, but most management tools still treat these devices separately,” says Chris Hazelton, Research Director, Enterprise Mobility at 451 Research. “For small to medium-sized businesses, the ability reduce the number of management consoles can significantly streamline the onboarding process for IT departments that don’t have specialised staff. With the goal of  enabling BYOD with simplicity and secure productivity, EMM solutions must enable all forms of mobile computing. This means managing and securing devices, content, and applications with a user-centric approach that delivers the simplest experience for both users and administrators.”   Dan Schiappa, SVP and GM of Sophos’ Enduser Security Group, said:  “With more workers choosing to use their personal devices for business, IT managers have been faced with the complexity of managing corporate security, and adhering personal data privacy laws. Managing upwards of four devices per user brings considerable risk into the business, and unnecessarily diverts precious IT resource. By focusing on the user permissions, and with remote management and self-service capability, SMC 5 sets a new standard for usability and simplicity. The redesigned user interface and intuitive workflows make security and management of mobile devices a simple task that takes minimal time.”   Recently named as an enterprise mobility management (EMM)  leader by Forrester, Sophos continues to bring enterprise level features to the small and medium business that does not typically have the resources to manage a compehensive BYOD strategy.   “Our relationship with Sophos has allowed us to provide the most comprehensive security to our clients, while still ensuring that we can scale to our customers’ needs. We are testing Sophos Mobile Control 5 and are not only impressed by the easy-to-use console but also by the ability to separate business and personal information. Our current Sophos Mobile Control customers are happy with the complete security this Sophos solution brings to the table and our potential customers are excited about the features in the latest release. This latest version complements the Sophos story nicely and, as a company, we look forward to taking our clients’ security to the next level.” Michelle Drolet, CEO, Towerwall, Inc. a Sophos partner in North America.  Connect with SophosTwitterLinkedInFacebookGoogle+SpiceworksYouTubeSophos BlogNaked Security News  About Sophos More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’ complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’ award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs – a global network of threat intelligence centers. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.   ###  Media Contact: Amanda Conroy Espresso Communications for Sophos Phone: +61 2 8016 2200 Email: sophos@espressocomms.com.au  Sophos further strengthens focus on security innovation with latest addition to senior leadership team 2015-02-11T04:31:39Z sophos-further-strengthens-focus-on-security-innovation-with-latest-addition-to-senior-leadership-team Sydney, Australia – February 11, 2015 –Sophos today announced the appointment of Joe Levy as chief technology officer (CTO). Levy, recognised as a thought leader in IT security, will lead the company’s technology strategy worldwide, driving product vision and innovation to both enhance and simplify IT security.  Levy brings more than 20 years of leadership and development expertise focused on information security. Prior to Sophos, Levy was CTO for Blue Coat Systems following the company’s May 2013 acquisition of security analytics pioneer Solera Networks, where he had served as CTO since 2008. Prior to Solera, Levy was CTO of SonicWALL (acquired by Dell), where he led research and development teams with concentrations in the areas of next-generation firewalls, deep packet inspection, cryptography, and secure remote access. “Sophos is focused on making comprehensive, enterprise-grade security simple,” commented Kris Hagerman, chief executive officer for Sophos. “Joe shares our vision that the next generation of security solutions will require disruptive innovation both in capabilities and in usability. Throughout his career, Joe has demonstrated his ability to think differently and drive success, and we are very pleased to welcome him to our senior management team. His technical expertise and vision will be critical as we build new solutions to meet the growing demands of our customers.” Earlier in his career, Levy spent six years with the security-focused value added reseller OneNet, where he led product and service design and development, including managed services. Levy has participated in various industry certification and design consortiums, and he holds several security, networking, database and virtualisation patents. He has co-authored a book on the topic of wireless network security, covering many of the secure wireless innovations he and his architectural teams have designed. “I’m very excited to join the talented team at Sophos. As a global leader in endpoint, network, and data security, and with a powerful cloud security platform, Sophos has all the technology needed to deliver the complete security solution that customers require,” said Joe Levy, chief technology officer for Sophos.  “This is a great time to become part of the Sophos team.”Connect with SophosTwitterLinkedInFacebookGoogle+SpiceworksYouTubeSophos BlogNaked Security News  About Sophos More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’ complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’ award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centres.   Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.  Media Contacts: Amanda Conroy or Luisa Regattieri Espresso Communications for Sophos Phone: +61 2 8016 2200 Email: sophos@espressocomms.com.au Independent research firm cites Sophos as a Leader in its new Endpoint Encryption Report 2015-02-04T01:14:22Z independent-research-firm-cites-sophos-as-a-leader-in-its-new-endpoint-encryption-report Sydney, Australia – February 4, 2015 – Sophos today announced it has been positioned as a Leader in Forrester Research, Inc.’s new report, The Forrester Wave™: Endpoint Encryption, Q1 2015. Calling Sophos a “Breakout Star” in the evaluation, Forrester states that “security and operations admins will appreciate Sophos’ deep policy granularity and deployment flexibility in a variety of environments and use cases.” Forrester also found that “Sophos’ user support offerings and ease of deployment were consistently rated as exemplary by customers.”   Quoting from the report, “Sophos was the breakout star in this Forrester Wave evaluation, touting strong hardware-based encryption support, external media encryption policy flexibility, and file-level encryption functionality.”   To download a free copy of the Forrester Wave: Endpoint Encryption, Q1 2015 report, click here.   Forrester evaluates vendors against 52 criteria grouped into three categories: Current Offering: examines the strength of each vendor’s product offering. Strategy: critiques the viability and execution of a company’s strategy, including its market experience, future vision, integration strategy, global presence and engineering staff. Market Presence: metrics include install base, revenue and partner ecosystem.   Sophos ranks top in the Current Offering category, achieving the highest scores in sub-categories “Endpoint full-disk/volume encryption,” “File/folder encryption” and “External media encryption.” Sophos earned the second highest overall score in the Market Presence category, with the top scores in subcategories “Technology partners” and “Financial viability.”   “What’s especially rewarding about our position as a Leader is that we were cited for a ‘broad portfolio of endpoint encryption offerings, combined with an easy-to-use user interface and strong product support capabilities,” says Dan Schiappa, senior vice president and general manager, Sophos Enduser Security Group. “This is a vote of confidence for our entire company, including our engineering, product management, sales and customer support teams.”   In addition to evaluating vendors, Forrester examines the critical need for organisations to implement endpoint encryption, and that failing to do so increases the risk that a data leak or compliance breach event will occur. Forrester cites what it calls “an explosion of consumer devices and services that has fuelled on-the-go computing and a blurring of work and personal lives” as primary reasons organisations implement endpoint encryption solutions.   The report also states that, “While many Security & Risk (S&R) pros initially turn to endpoint encryption in order to meet regulatory requirements for data protection, endpoint encryption offers significant benefits beyond compliance. S&R professionals should view endpoint encryption not merely as a compliance ‘checkbox,’ but as an essential tool in their arsenal of data protection.”  Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise Encryption 7 protects data on multiple devices and operating systems. Whether that data resides on a laptop, a mobile device, or in the cloud via the cloud, SafeGuard Encryption is built to match an organisation’s workflow and processes without slowing down productivity.  Connect with SophosTwitterLinkedInFacebookGoogle+SpiceworksYouTubeSophos BlogNaked Security News  About Sophos More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’ complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’ award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centres.   Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.                                                                                        ###  Media Contacts: Amanda Conroy or Luisa Regattieri Espresso Communications for Sophos Phone: +61 2 8016 2200 Email: sophos@espressocomms.com.au   Gartner positions Sophos in the “Leaders” Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms 2015-01-21T00:08:06Z gartner-positions-sophos-in-the-leaders-quadrant-of-the-magic-quadrant-for-endpoint-protection-platforms Sydney, Australia – January 21, 2015 – Sophos today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc., in the “Leaders” quadrant of Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms” for the eighth consecutive year*. Gartner identifies four primary stages in the security lifecycle: setting policy, prevention, detection and remediation, and evaluated EPP vendors based on whether the features their solutions offer address these four stages. According to the report, “the rise of the targeted attack is shredding what is left of the anti-malware market's stubborn commitment to reactive protection techniques. Improving the malware signature distribution system or adapting behaviour detection to account for the latest attack styles will not improve the effectiveness rates against targeted attacks ... to be successful going forward, EPP solutions must be more proactive and focus on the entire security life cycle.” Sophos believes the company’s Project Galileo product strategy of integrating innovative next-generation enduser, server and network protection technologies will further its leadership in this market. The combination will enable complete, simple-to-manage security that works effectively as a system, in contrast to the complex, disjointed layers of protection so many businesses wrestle with today. “We’re continuing to build on our reputation for producing effective, simple-to-use security solutions by introducing next-generation technology that protects customers even better,” said Dan Schiappa, SVP and GM of the Sophos Enduser Security Group. “We believe Gartner’s continued placement of Sophos in the Leaders quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms is validation of our innovative strategy and our ability to deliver on that strategy.” Sophos continues to innovate on the endpoint and, more broadly, in protection of the entire end user, across devices and platforms. The company also announced today the launch of Next-Generation Enduser Protection aimed at defending customers from sophisticated threats such as Vawtrak, an effective and widespread botnet recently profiled by SophosLabs. “Next-Generation Enduser Protection is where the industry needs to head,” adds Schiappa. “And Sophos is one of a very few companies worldwide that have the breadth of solutions and the depth of knowledge and expertise to be able to drive this massive and necessary evolution in our industry.” Download a complimentary copy of the Gartner report and read more about the launch of Sophos’ Next-Generation Enduser Protection here.About the Magic Quadrant Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organisation and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.About Sophos  More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos' complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos' award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs -- a global network of threat intelligence centres. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com. _______________________ *Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms” by Peter Firstbrook, John Girard, Neil MacDonald, December 22, 2014Media Contacts: Amanda Conroy or Luisa Regattieri Espresso Communications for Sophos Phone: +61 2 8016 2200 Email: sophos@espressocomms.com.au Sophos expands cloud-managed security portfolio with server protection 2014-11-20T23:42:34Z sophos-expands-cloud-managed-security-portfolio-with-server-protection Sydney, Australia – November 21, 2014 – Sophos today announced the release of Sophos Cloud Server Protection, a high performance malware protection solution designed specifically for servers. The solution expands Sophos Cloud to a comprehensive security platform designed to protect desktops, laptops, mobile phones, tablets and now servers with the most effective and simplest to manage business security offering available. Servers store large amounts of sensitive information and have become popular targets for cybercriminals. To secure servers, administrators have traditionally had to choose between desktop-oriented security software and complex, expensive server-specific security tools. Perhaps this is why two thirds of the IT professionals surveyed on Spiceworks identified the complexity of learning, configuring and maintaining server security software as an “important” or “very important” concern. The new Sophos Cloud Server Protection solution delivers malware protection, host intrusion prevention and web security, as well as clear visibility into the current security status of all managed servers via a simple web-based interface. The new offering from Sophos is also the only server security product that can continually monitor the server environment, detect new applications on an ongoing basis and intelligently adjust policies to maintain operational efficiency. “If compromising desktops is like stealing a wallet, then hacking a server is like robbing a bank,” said Bill Lucchini, SVP & GM for Sophos Cloud. “Today's businesses need the most up-to-date protection, and Sophos Cloud Server Protection gives overtaxed IT personnel an innovative, high performance and simple to manage solution for securing server environments.” “As part of the recent Sophos Cloud beta program, I was able to preview the Server Protection functionality added into the product,” said Scott Hartung, IT Director, The Rivett Group . “We currently use Sophos Cloud to protect our Windows, Mac, and mobile devices. I like the fact that Sophos truly understands server security, and I can see that this new version of Sophos Cloud will help me reduce the time spent on maintaining server security.” “We are finding that more of our customers are trying to support a geographically diverse workforce,” said Pete Greco, VP of Sales and Technology, Productive Corporation. “Sophos Cloud with Server Protection provides comprehensive visibility and manageability, regardless of where employees and their devices are located.  With Sophos, we are certain our clients’ workforce is both secure and available.”Connect with SophosTwitterLinkedInFacebookGoogle+SpiceworksYouTubeSophos BlogNaked Security News  About Sophos More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’ complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’ award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centres.   Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.  Media Contacts: Amanda Conroy Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200 +61 2 422 472 883amanda@espressocomms.com.au   Luisa Regattieri Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200luisa@espressocomms.com.au     Sophos announces expanded security offerings through AWS Marketplace 2014-11-11T23:40:20Z sophos-announces-expanded-security-offerings-through-aws-marketplace Sydney, Australia – November 12, 2014 – Sophos today announced the expansion of their product portfolio on AWS Marketplace with the addition of a new secure server option for customers on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Building on the success of the Sophos UTM Next Generation Firewall product, which is offered through AWS Marketplace, the new Sophos Secure OS delivers comprehensive security bundled with CentOS.  Secure AWS Servers AWS provides a comprehensive, scalable cloud platform on which customers can build and host applications through the use of a simple web-based interface as well as an API. The new Sophos Secure OS will combine CentOS with comprehensive, preinstalled anti-malware protection in a single Amazon Machine Instance (AMI). The secure server option provides a time-saving and cost-effective alternative to IT professionals building their own infrastructure to manage security in a cloud-based server environment.   “Sophos has been a leader in developing enterprise security solutions on AWS and we are excited to see them continue to expand the number of products available on AWS Marketplace,” said Terry Hanold, Vice President, AWS Platform and Marketplace, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “In the cloud, security is a shared responsibility and the availability of Sophos Secure OS on AWS Marketplace provides customers with another great option to help them add additional layers of security to their enterprise applications on AWS.”  Expanded Test Drive Options In addition to Sophos Secure OS, Sophos is also adding a new AWS Test Drive for their endpoint security solution featuring Sophos Enterprise Console. AWS Test Drives allow customers to evaluate products using a private IT sandbox environment containing preconfigured server-based solutions. The new offering complements an existing AWS Test Drive available for the Sophos UTM.   “It’s clear to us that Sophos has a strong focus on working with AWS,” said Matt Hymowitz, technology manager at GMP Networks. “We have not encountered any other UTM product that is as well-integrated with AWS.”   “Sophos is committed to providing the best cloud-based security to enable the future of business,” said Mike Valentine, senior vice president, worldwide sales, Sophos. “In addition to our leading UTM running in the cloud, we're pleased to offer Sophos Secure OS as another powerful layer of defense to provide the very best protection for AWS customers.”   Connect with SophosAmazon Web Services Resource CenterTwitterLinkedInFacebookGoogle+SpiceworksYouTubeSophos BlogNaked Security News  About Sophos More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’ complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’ award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centres. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.   ### Media Contacts: Amanda Conroy Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200 +61 2 422 472 883amanda@espressocomms.com.au   Luisa Regattieri Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200luisa@espressocomms.com.au   Sophos delivers the industry’s most complete security for Android devices 2014-11-04T22:55:40Z sophos-delivers-the-industry-s-most-complete-security-for-android-devices Sydney, Australia – November 5, 2014 – Recently recognised as an enterprise mobility management (EMM) market leader by Forrester, Sophos today announced the immediate availability of additional security and device management capabilities for the Android mobile platform. These simple-to-deploy, yet powerful solutions deliver mobile security for businesses of any size. IT professionals can now allow employees to take advantage of all that the Android platform has to offer without putting sensitive data at risk.    According to Nielsen, mobile users are now spending 30 more hours per month on mobile devices than on their laptops, and cybercriminals are taking notice. SophosLabs has identified over 1 million new and unique pieces of Android malware and potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) just since the beginning of 2014. Android malware has grown 1,800 percent over the last two years, by far the fastest growing of any attack surface. Approximately two billion mobile phones and tablets will be shipped this year, 85 percent of those will be Android devices, and 75 percent of apps on those devices will fail basic security tests. With a mix of corporate-owned and employee-owned devices being used for business anywhere and anytime, organisations clearly require a more comprehensive approach to mobile security. And that’s where Sophos comes in.   Sophos delivers comprehensive Android protectionSophos Cloud now features Android support, delivering one central and hosted console for managing both desktops and mobile devices. With a simpler user-centric approach, it helps keep corporate information safe with mobility management features like remote lock, remote wipe, password reset, theft protection, Wi-Fi configuration and Microsoft Exchange setup help.    Sophos Mobile Security brings a powerful new antivirus engine and web protection technology to the Android platform. Without reducing device performance or diminishing battery life, this powerful engine provides comprehensive malware protection. In fact, Sophos received a perfect 100 percent Android malware detection rate in the latest AV-Test.    Sophos is the only enterprise mobility management vendor that offers built-in antivirus capabilities and web filtering without relying on third-party software. Additionally, only Sophos delivers a centrally managed, cloud-based mobile security solution that is compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS and now Android platforms – providing simple and complete security for businesses of all sizes.   In addition, Sophos today announced the new Sophos Anti-Malware SDK for Android, which features the core Sophos antivirus engine.  Now Telco providers, mobile carriers and other IT vendors can integrate Android anti-malware technology into their own mobile offerings.    With an increasing number of viruses and other malware samples entering the corporate network via mobile devices, it’s more important than ever to deploy Android management and security technology to ensure that sensitive corporate data stays out of the wrong hands.   “Sophos mobile security technology helps us remain secure and shielded from data loss and unexpected costs without reducing staff performance,” commented Josh Moore, network engineer at FF Thompson Hospital. “We get both protection and functionality with Sophos.”   “Sophos has increased our control over various mobile devices, including the Android devices we have deployed,” said David Bridgman, IT security manager at Northcentral University. “With the newest release, the most notable benefit—in addition to the added security—is that there is no difference in our users’ experience.”   “Well over half of all mobile apps fail basic security measures, and these sobering figures are on the rise,” said Dan Schiappa, senior vice president and general manager, end user protection group, Sophos. “Every day the risk is growing, and we're proud to offer the most comprehensive mobile protection for businesses to keep confidential information out of the wrong hands.”  Supporting MaterialsSophos Mobile PageFree Trial DownloadNovember 5 Webcast Registration  Connect with SophosTwitterLinkedInFacebookGoogle+SpiceworksYouTubeSophos BlogNaked Security News  About Sophos More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’ complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’ award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centres.   Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.   ###Media Contacts: Amanda Conroy Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200 +61 2 422 472 883amanda@espressocomms.com.au   Luisa Regattieri Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200luisa@espressocomms.com.au   Sophos strengthens Network Security portfolio to meet the diverse needs of today’s businesses 2014-10-15T00:11:45Z sophos-strengthens-network-security-portfolio-to-meet-the-diverse-needs-of-today-s-businesses Sydney, Australia – October 15, 2014 – Sophos today announced additions to its range of SG Series firewall/UTM appliances, WiFi access points, and the availability of Sophos iView, a new dedicated virtual reporting appliance. By extending its Network Security portfolio with new entry-level and enterprise class appliances, Sophos now provides businesses of any size and the channel partners that serve them with the flexibility to consolidate their security with a complete proven solution set.  Sophos SG Series Appliances In April 2014 Sophos released the first of its new generation of network security appliances, the Sophos SG Series. Today, Sophos announced six additional firewall appliances, meaning that Sophos customers and partners can now choose from 12 SG Series models. As with the existing models, each uses the latest Intel multi-core technology to provide optimal performance. The new appliances include four desktop models ideal for small office deployments and two new 2U models that utilise the fastest Intel Chips and deliver extensive redundancy and customisation features.  Further desktop models will be available later in the year with integrated wireless connectivity, including two which support the 802.11ac standard.  Sophos iView The release of the Sophos iView virtual appliance addresses what a recent Sophos survey on Spiceworks of SMB IT managers identified as their most significant frustration with existing firewalls from any vendor – insufficient reporting. This was the number one complaint with 35 percent of respondents saying they’d like greater reporting options. With over 1,000 built-in reports, including regulatory compliance reports, Sophos iView will give IT managers the extra depth they need. Users can also build their own custom reports and dashboards, focusing on problem areas or users on their network. Available as a virtual appliance only, Sophos iView supports VMware, Hyper-V, Citrix, and KVM virtual environments.   As a dedicated reporting appliance, Sophos iView can offload reporting duties and provide a range of added capabilities such as:   Compliance reporting for industry standard regulations such as HIPAA, PCI, SOX, and GLBA Consolidated reporting across multiple UTM firewalls for a complete view of all network traffic from a single console Long-term persistent log management and storage for security and backup with convenient access for audits or forensics Licensing that is based on storage requirements, with the entry level vSI-Light including 100GB of storage and the vSI-Unlimited  Wireless Access Points In addition to the SG Series and iView appliances, Sophos also announced the AP 100, the first in a new generation of wireless access points that support the latest 802.11ac protocols, and an entry level access point, the AP 15. As with previous Sophos wireless access points, the new AP15 and AP100 models can be managed directly from the Sophos SG Series appliances, meaning the wireless network is tightly integrated with the firewall protection.     Supporting Quotes “Small and medium business have a diverse set of needs when it comes to the locations they need to secure, firewall performance requirements and reporting capabilities” said Bryan Barney, senior vice president and general manager of the Network Security Group at Sophos. “By extending our portfolio with the new SG Series models and virtual reporting appliances, we’re making it simple for our customers and partners to simply secure their increasingly distributed environments.”    “With Sophos’ new entry-level SG 100 appliances and the enterprise-class SG 500 and 600 models we can be even more competitive across a broad range of SMB opportunities,” said Sam Heard, president, Data Integrity Services. “Our customers already love the on-box reporting they get with Sophos UTM. Now with Sophos iView, we can help those clients who need a little more. Our larger customers will find it particularly beneficial as well. The Sophos partnership allows us to meet the needs of our clients, regardless of their size.”   “We are excited about new functionalities with the Sophos SG Appliance and the overall efficiency and improved performance it will bring to our organisation,” said John Christian, Director of Technology, St. Petersburg Catholic High School. “Sophos UTM is an ideal solution for our environment. Adding the Sophos SG Appliance will give us the added flexibility our school needs.”Connect with SophosTwitterLinkedInFacebookGoogle+SpiceworksYouTubeSophos BlogNaked Security NewsSophos/Spiceworks Survey  About Sophos More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’ complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’ award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centres. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.  Media Contacts: Amanda Conroy Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200 +61 422 472 883Amanda@espressocomms.com.au   Luisa Regattieri Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200Luisa@espressocomms.com.au   Sophos advances Cloud, Mobile, and Web Security with acquisition of Mojave Networks 2014-10-07T23:25:54Z sophos-advances-cloud-mobile-and-web-security-with-acquisition-of-mojave-networks Sydney, Australia – October 8, 2014 – Sophos today announced that it has acquired cloud-based security firm Mojave Networks of San Mateo, Calif. This acquisition will strengthen Sophos cloud-managed and appliance-based security solutions. To Sophos Cloud, an integrated cloud-managed security offering, Mojave will add a rich cloud-based web security solution. And to Sophos’ line of network security hardware it will enable hybrid deployment options (SaaS and non-SaaS) to meet diverse web security needs.    An increasingly mobile workforce and an explosion of mobile devices have created a serious challenge for IT. To safeguard valuable corporate data and to secure roaming devices, Mojave’s innovative security platform provides an effective cloud-based network security solution that is easy to deploy and manage. It will allow Sophos customers to benefit by providing: A cloud-based web filtering engine enabling full protection for web interactions without requiring additional on-site technology Near instantaneous protection from emerging threats by supplying real-time threat intelligence from the cloud A simple and intuitive management experience designed for small and mid-market enterprises or pragmatic enterprises of any size A zero-compromise approach to security across Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, delivering context-awareness, visibility and seamless protection whether they are on or off the corporate network   “Mojave Networks is a young innovative company that has built a leading platform right at the intersection of three cutting-edge areas of security:  cloud, web security, and mobile,” said Kris Hagerman, CEO, Sophos. “We're dedicated to delivering security that is both powerful and comprehensive, but also simple.  By integrating Mojave Networks’ technology into Sophos Cloud, we're extending our leadership position and enhancing an offering that is already one of the fastest growing products in Sophos’ history.”   “We are proud of the work we’ve done at Mojave to pioneer a cloud-based approach to mobile and web security that offers unrivalled protection from malicious threats, security for mobile workers, and uniform policies across platforms,” said Garrett Larsson, CEO of Mojave Networks. “As part of Sophos we can continue to pursue our vision of comprehensive security for a mobile workforce at an accelerated pace, as we take full advantage of the rapid growth of Sophos Cloud, Sophos’ world-class community of more than 15,000 partners, and Sophos’ global presence. We’re excited to join such an innovative and disruptive leader in the IT security space.”    Sophos plans to integrate Mojave Networks’ technology into its fast-growing Sophos Cloud product line in early 2015 and then later in 2015 into appliance-based network security solutions. This will allow Sophos partners to offer their customers an integrated security platform that brings together best-of-breed PC, Mac, mobile, and network protection abilities through a single cloud-based console. This represents another leap forward in delivering comprehensive protection to organisations seeking enterprise-class security without enterprise-class complexity.   Connect with SophosTwitterLinkedInFacebookGoogle+SpiceworksYouTubeSophos BlogNaked Security News  About Sophos More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’ complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’ award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centres. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.   ### Media Contacts: Amanda Conroy Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200 +61 2 422 472 883amanda@espressocomms.com.au   Luisa Regattieri Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200luisa@espressocomms.com.au Sophos in Leader’s quadrant in 2014 Unified Threat Management Magic Quadrant for third consecutive year 2014-09-07T23:17:18Z sophos-in-leader-s-quadrant-in-2014-unified-threat-management-magic-quadrant-for-third-consecutive-year Sydney, Australia – 8 September, 2014 – Sophos announced it has once again been positioned in the ‘Leaders’ quadrant of Gartner, Inc.’s August 7, 2014 ‘Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management’. The quadrant is based on an assessment of a company’s ability to execute and completeness of vision. Sophos is the only IT security company to be positioned as a Leader across three critical security areas: Unified Threat Management (UTM), Mobile Data Protection and Endpoint Protection Platforms.   “We believe it is a privilege to receive recognition from Gartner. The momentum in our UTM business is truly exciting,” said Bryan Barney, General Manager, Network Security Group, Sophos. “Most notably, in the past year we’ve released our SG Series appliances, the fastest UTM devices we’ve ever produced and expanded the UTM protection we offer with our new cloud-based sandboxing, integrated mobile device management and really simple to use email encryption. Smaller businesses need effective security that is easy to use and that’s exactly what we provide. And it’s why we’re seeing more and more partners and customers switching to Sophos for their UTM and Next-Gen Firewall needs.”   In the most recent quarter of trading, April to June 2014, Sophos recorded a 27 per cent increase in UTM sales, and a 33 per cent increase in new customer business for UTM. This demonstrates the significant share gains the company is making; Sophos’s network security business now accounts for billings in excess of US$150 million — with tremendous growth across North America, Asia Pacific and EMEA, among other regions. Additionally, the company’s ‘channel first’ focus continues to deliver success with the signing of several new strategic channels to market such as the recently agreed distribution partnership with Hills business Lan 1 in Australia. Sophos now has over 25,000 UTM channel partners worldwide, with the number of partners growing at over 20 per cent a year.    According to Gartner, “the Leaders quadrant contains vendors at the forefront of making and selling UTM products that are built for midsize-business requirements. The requirements necessary for leadership include a wide range of models to cover midsize-business use cases, support for multiple features, and a management and reporting capability that's designed for ease of use. Vendors in this quadrant lead the market in offering new safeguarding features, and in enabling customers to deploy them inexpensively without significantly affecting the end-user experience or increasing staffing burdens. These vendors also have a good track record of avoiding vulnerabilities in their security products. Common characteristics include reliability, consistent throughput, and products that are intuitive to manage and administer.”   For additional information on Sophos’s unified solutions, please visit www.sophos.com/firewall.   To download a complimentary copy of this report, click here.  About the Magic Quadrant Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organisation and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.About Sophos 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 complete security solutions that are simple to deploy, manage, and use that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centres. Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK.Media Contacts Amanda Conroy Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200 +61 422 472 883amanda@espressocomms.com.au   Luisa Regattieri Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200luisa@espressocomms.com.au    Hills business Lan 1 and Sophos sign new distribution agreement 2014-08-04T01:11:33Z hills-business-lan-1-and-sophos-sign-new-distribution-agreement Sydney, Australia – August 4, 2014 – Hills business Lan 1 has entered into a new distribution partnership with Sophos, which will greatly expand Sophos's market coverage across Australia and ensure a broader range of resellers have access to its entire IT security suite.   Hills is strengthening its security focus, including IP Security, IP Storage, IP Networking and IP Cameras/CCTV, ensuring the company is well positioned to provide the reach and support for Sophos that its partners need to drive further success.   "We have built a strong reputation with our security practice in Australia and we are very excited to be working with Sophos to provide its best-in-class products to our channel partners." said Daniel Lee, Hills Head of CCTV, Surveillance and IT.   "The introduction of Sophos's portfolio of solutions in mobile device management, endpoint security and cloud is highly complementary to our current offering and closely aligned with our IP Security strategy."   "We have a strong national presence and are well equipped to provide the Sophos security portfolio to our partners and customers to help them grow profitability and capitalise on the market's need for innovative IT security solutions and services."   The announcement reiterates Sophos's commitment to the Australian reseller channel, providing partners with even greater access to Sophos products, as well as additional access to technical expertise and increased support.   "We are very excited to announce our distribution partnership with Hills, and believe this further reinforces Sophos's commitment to our Australian partner community and 'channel-first' approach to the market," said Mike Valentine, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Sophos.   Under the terms of the agreement, Hills will market, sell and support Sophos's entire portfolio of network, server and endpoint security solutions, including the latest version of Sophos Cloud, which was launched in Australia earlier this year for small and mid-market organisations seeking a simpler approach to IT security. Sophos's award winning security solutions are simple to deploy and easy to scale, designed to secure organisations of all sizes.   "Our industry leading network, endpoint and server protection security portfolio will greatly enhance Hills offerings, providing a comprehensive suite of innovative IT security solutions and services for its channel partners." said Karen Delaney, Channel Director, Sophos ANZ.   The new distribution agreement with Hills enhances Sophos's current valued distributor network and partnerships in Australia. The complete Sophos product portfolio will be available through Hills business Lan 1 across Australia effectively immediately.  About Sophos More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos's complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos's award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs – a global network of threat intelligence centres.   Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.  About Hills Hills is a majority Australian owned publically listed company providing integrated solutions into trusted environments. Hills has a proud tradition of innovation which started with the Hills Hoist almost 70 years ago. Today we’re delivering innovative solutions in security, surveillance, health systems, digital media, home networking and beyond. We have a vision to see a new Hills' innovation in every business, enterprise, government and home. More information is available at www.hills.com.au. For information about Lan 1, visit www.Lan1.com.au    Media Contacts: Amanda Conroy Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200 +61 422 472 883amanda@espressocomms.com.au   Luisa Regattieri Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200 +61 403 729 343luisa@espressocomms.com.au       Virginia Kim Hills Ltd +61 407 415 484virginia.kim@hills.com.au 'Warbiking' reveals increasing need for Sydneysiders to change wireless security habits 2014-07-02T06:57:00Z warbiking-reveals-increasing-need-for-sydneysiders-to-change-wireless-security-habits Sydney, Australia – July 2, 2014 – IT security company Sophos this week highlighted the worrying state of wireless security in Australia’s largest city, when it sent security expert James Lyne and his computer-equipped bicycle onto the streets of Sydney to test how safe homes, businesses, and even people on mobiles phones are from cybercriminals.   Lyne, Global Head of Security Research at Sophos, went “warbiking” across the city to track down unsecure wireless networks and spotlight user behaviours that could be exploited by rogue hackers, and he discovered some alarming results: “Incredibly, conventional wireless network security is still a major concern, despite the security industry assuming such issues had been resolved years ago. Many would assume these methods are ‘old hat’ but it is still a very viable attack vector that demonstrates basic security best practice is not being adopted,” says Lyne.   Sydney is the latest stop on the “World of Warbiking” tour – a global research project targeting major cities across the globe. Conducted over two days around the streets of the city, Lyne’s warbiking exercise revealed that of 34,476 networks surveyed, almost 28 percent were using either the known-broken Wireless Equivalent Privacy (WEP) algorithm, or no security encryption at all, a relatively lower rate of deployment when compared with other major cities.   A further 28 percent of networks were using Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) – a no longer recommended security algorithm. An encouraging result however, was Sydney’s high rate of deployment of WPA2, although given that Sophos worked within the bounds of the law, Lyne was unable to test password strength.   “Of greatest interest during our Warbiking exercise, was that Sydney had a relatively high number of open networks. Whilst many were intentionally open, users may wrongly assume this means their personal information is encrypted and protected, when in reality it is available for anyone to pick up.”   “It’s clear from our Warbiking exercise in Sydney that there are a large number of businesses and home users employing insecure, poorly implemented, or even defunct wireless security protocols. With our increasing desire to be online at all times, this is leaving millions of people, companies and their valuable data open to attack.”   Lyne continued: “Even within the security industry, there are myths and misunderstanding about what the real risks are with wireless. Many argue that the unencrypted, intentionally open networks are ‘OK’ as they use a captive portal to register users. Unfortunately the standard user doesn’t recognise that major brand XYZ wireless is not encrypted and that their information can be picked up by anyone with $40 piece of equipment available on Amazon,” said Lyne.  Users want the internet and they don’t care where they get it Just as worrying was many people’s total disregard for basic security when out and about. “Our experiment found a large number of people willing to connect to an open wireless network we created, without any idea of who owned it or whether it was trustworthy. Compounded by the growing number of devices that are permanently identifying themselves via technology like Bluetooth, this kind of behaviour is increasingly putting everyone’s valuable data at risk.   “This willingness to connect to any wireless network that professes to offer free Wi-Fi, without ensuring you have some kind of security measures in place,” explains Lyne, “is like shouting your personal or company information out of the nearest window and being surprised when someone abuses it. With a few extra command line arguments, it would have been trivial to attack nearly everyone in our Sydney hotspot study.”  What Sydneysiders are connecting to when out and about The open wireless network created during the Sydney experiment also offered an insight into what people are connecting to when they are out and about in the New South Wales state capital. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter were high on the list of most requested pages, along with webmail access and random web searches. But worryingly, it appears many people are also choosing to access websites and services that could prove even more attractive to cybercriminals.   “Despite the fact that this was an open network, once connected many people seemed happy to access online banking sites, even though they had no idea who was running the access point. Only a tiny minority (1.20 percent) actually took responsibility for their own security by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or forcing secure web standards.   “Our test was conducted strictly within the confines of the law,” emphasised Lyne, “but the cybercriminals won't have the same concerns, so our experiment shows why people need to be much more aware of the potential dangers of connecting to open Wi-Fi networks when they are out and about.”      James Lyne revealed the results of the Warbiking Sydney experiment during a special presentation at Aqua Dining, Milson’s Point overlooking the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Details about the methodology used and results so far from the World of Warbiking project – along with tips on how to be more secure – are available at www.sophos.com/warbiking. ###About Sophos More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’ complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’ award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs – a global network of threat intelligence centres.   Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.  Media Contacts: Amanda Conroy Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200 +61 422 472 883amanda@espressocomms.com.au   Luisa Regattieri Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200 +61 403 729 343luisa@espressocomms.com.au    World of Warbiking Sydney – Headline Results  Wireless Networks Surveyed:Total Networks: 1,371 (3.98%) No Encryption: 8,224 (23.85%)   WPA: 9,704 (28.15%)   WPA2: 15,177 (44.02%)             (WPS: 11,981 (35%)  Hotspot Experiment:SSIDs offered:                           ‘FreePublicWifi’, ‘Free Internet’, ‘DO NOT CONNECT’  Total Connected Users: 994 Used HTTPS: 608 (61.20%)   Used HTTP: 992 (99.80%)   Used Insecure Mail protocols: 73 (7.30%)   Used a VPN: 12 (1.20%)     Most Requested Pages Social Media: Facebook and in particular Twitter Requests for Internet Banking Sites (which could have been redirected to non-secure copies bypassing the use of https://) Random web searches Webmail Services  - it was lower than in other regions globally but still a top contender A large number of those connecting were not searching for something specific, rather people were more hungry for Wifi to achieve any given mundane task Sophos Mobile Control 4.0 delivers user-centric approach to protect, secure and manage mobile devices 2014-05-28T00:00:22Z sophos-mobile-control-4-0-delivers-user-centric-approach-to-protect-secure-and-manage-mobile-devices Sydney, Australia – May 28, 2014 – Sophos today announced Sophos Mobile Control (SMC) 4.0, the first Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) solution to include individual file encryption, integrated AV and web filtering. Available on premise or as-a-service, SMC provides a simple and differentiated approach for small and mid-market organisations to manage and secure mobile devices, content and applications. The new Sophos solution helps IT professionals confidently implement BYOD policies and provides users the flexibility they demand to stay productive and safe. It supports iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 devices.  SMC 4.0: Mobile encryption, integrated security and user-centricity SMC 4.0 provides a simple, hassle-free and comprehensive approach to protecting mobile devices. With Mobile Content Management for iOS devices, SMC is the only EMM solution to offer file-level encryption, which gates access to each file, to protect the data in the office and on the go. SMC also delivers integrated security against malware and malicious web sites for Android devices, which account for 80 percent  of smartphone operating systems* worldwide as well as the majority of mobile malware threats. The number of unique pieces of mobile malware seen by SophosLabs has now reached almost 900,000 and is growing rapidly.   With web protection for Android, IT administrators can select website categories to control access and block data-stealing or inappropriate web pages. SMC 4.0 also provides unique integration with Sophos UTM, Checkpoint and Cisco to provide network access control. Compromised devices are isolated from the network, protecting the organisation’s assets from malware on mobile devices. SMC’s user-centric deployment, management and pricing greatly simplifies administration. With an intuitive web-based management console, IT administrators can provide their users with a self-service portal to change passwords, register devices and report lost or stolen devices.  Sophos survey: mobile security in a cloudy world Sophos conducted a survey of more than 725 IT professionals on their use and preferences of cloud share services, encryption and mobile devices. The survey showed 84 percent of organisations allow some level of access from company-issued devices to cloud-based file share services such as Dropbox, however 65 percent of respondents do not currently encrypt data between the cloud and mobile devices. Surprisingly only 38 percent feel secure sharing corporate files or collaborating on corporate content between the cloud and mobile devices. To access the survey, visit: http://sophos.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/sophos-mobile-cloud-encryption-infographic.pdf   The results of the survey demonstrate the enormous opportunity for SMC 4.0, as it assures organisations that their data is safe wherever users are and provides organisations with the confidence to use cloud accounts for collaborating and maintaining content safely and securely.   Dan Schiappa, SVP and GM of Sophos’s Enduser Security Group, said:  “SMC 4.0 extends the Sophos commitment to delivering comprehensive data protection, offering solutions to manage, secure and protect not just the mobile devices themselves, but also the content and applications on those devices. SMC 4.0 takes data protection beyond the office door by ensuring persistent mobile encryption on devices. Additional network access control based on device compliance status makes mobile device management, content management and mobile security simple and effective.” Chris Hazelton, Research Director for Mobile & Wireless at 451 Research said, “The rapid shift to more flexible and increasingly mobile working patterns has led to widespread adoption (with or without the consent of IT) of file-sync-and-share services as users seek to store and collaborate on shared content. This 'any device, any cloud' trend will only continue, so organisations face an increased risk of losing sensitive corporate data if they don't deploy encryption and data loss protection tools. The integration of these data security tools into EMM provides companies with a simple deployment option that should resonate well with the SMB market.”  Sophos customers look forward to SMC 4.0 Europart is a leading distributor of replacement parts and accessories for commercial vehicles and buses. The company is headquartered in Hagen, Germany, and has more than 1,800 employees worldwide. Björn Risse, Service Manager Infrastruktur, EUROPART Holding GmbH, said, “Sophos Mobile Control has allowed us to easily deploy mobile security, while giving us the peace of mind that client information is safe and confidential. We chose Sophos for our mobile security because it meets our needs and is able to scale with our business requirements.”   “As a user of Sophos Mobile Control we definitely see the value of securing mobile devices. Based on the Sophos roadmap for mobile security, we are excited about the added functionality to Mobile Control as a product and believe the latest versions will continue to support our organisational efforts going forward,” said Gerald Descoteaux, IT Director, Bell Technical Solutions, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Canada that specialises in phone, Internet and television services throughout Quebec and Ontario.  * ABI Research  About Sophos 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 complete security solutions that are simple to deploy, manage, and use that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centres.   Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.Media Contacts: Amanda Conroy Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200 +61 422 472 883Amanda@espressocomms.com.au   Luisa Regattieri Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200Luisa@espressocomms.com.au Sophos boosts network security performance with new series of hardware appliances 2014-05-12T23:01:00Z sophos-boosts-network-security-performance-with-new-series-of-hardware-appliances Sydney, Australia – May 13, 2014 – Sophos today announced a major refresh of its network Security Gateway hardware with the availability of the new Sophos SG Series appliances in Australia and New Zealand. These high-performance hardware appliances – based on the 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors – deliver up to four times the speed of the previous UTM generation appliances and leapfrog competitive offerings, as proven in recent independent testing. “The new Sophos SG Series appliances are the fastest UTM and Next-Gen Firewall devices we’ve ever produced,” said Guenter Junk, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Network Security Group, Sophos. “They run our latest operating system, version 9.2, and are optimised to get the most out of latest performance innovations from Intel to ensure our customers and partners get an unrivalled performance and protection combination.” The new SG Series includes models to meet the requirements of small offices to large, distributed enterprises. These 1U appliances are available today in the mid-range 200, 300 and 400 models.  They all deliver over 10 Gbit/sec firewall throughput to easily handle the demands of multi-layered protection. The SG Series is the 6th generation of Sophos security gateways built on an Intel® architecture, to enable Sophos customers to quickly benefit from the frequent performance and protection enhancements. They utilise Intel® technologies including high-speed LAN interfaces, high volume Solid State Drives and AES-NI acceleration. “By using Intel® Architecture, Sophos has been able to use the performance gains we’ve been able to deliver with the 4th Generation Intel® Core™ processors which delivers improved software processing architecture,” said Bob Ghaffari, Director, Communications and Storage Infrastructure Division, Intel. “Sophos has been able to see dramatic performance improvements by unlocking Intel’s core processor capabilities to make fast, intelligent decisions.” The SG Series run the latest Sophos UTM 9.2 operating system which features over 150 enhancements including new Advanced Threat Protection and SPX Email Encryption functionality. Designed to run on an Intel architecture, version 9.2 can also be deployed on Intel compatible servers as virtual appliances and in the cloud using Amazon Web Services. Bruce Kneece, Chief Technology Officer at Convergent Information Security Solutions, said, “Our team was heavily involved in the UTM 9.2 beta program.  From the outset we liked what we saw – added performance and simplicity across the board.  Version 9.2 running on the SG Series hardware is a true winner.  It’s easy for us to recommend it to our customers.” Additional information on all of the features in Sophos SG Series appliances and Sophos network security solutions is available at: www.sophos.com/accelerated.   -Ends- About Sophos More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’s complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’s award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobileand network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs – a global network of threat intelligence centres. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com. Media Contacts: Luisa Regattieri Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200 luisa@espressocomms.com.au  Amanda Conroy Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200 amanda@espressocomms.com.au Latest version of Sophos Cloud unveiled: The only cloud security solution to manage Windows, Mac and mobile devices together 2014-04-30T00:33:00Z latest-version-of-sophos-cloud-unveiled-the-only-cloud-security-solution-to-manage-windows-mac-and-mobile-devices-together Sydney, Australia – April 30, 2014 – Sophos today announced the latest version of Sophos Cloud, the company’s cloud-based solution for small and mid-sized organisations seeking a simpler approach to IT security that still provides world-class protection. The new version of Sophos Cloud leapfrogs competitive solutions as the only cloud-managed security service to manage Windows, Mac and mobile devices from a single console. It features user-based management, reporting and licensing; built-in web security to prevent user access to malicious and infected websites, and new policy-based Web Control features to enforce safe and productive web usage. Sophos Cloud is effortless to deploy and easy to use and manage for IT managers and channel partners, given its simple, intuitive user experience. A recent Sophos survey of IT managers highlighted the growing challenge of device diversity across their organisations, with a need to support Windows PCs, Macs and mobile devices: 78 percent support or plan to support Macs on their corporate networks, and 41 percent see the number of Macs increasing in their corporate environments. A recent IDC study showed that a quarter of SMBs are using mobile device management (MDM) and Sophos is the number one solution. However, 75 percent still have not adopted MDM and with this new release Sophos has made it simpler than ever for those customers to get control of their mobile devices to secure their future. Clearly organisations need an integrated security strategy to support users’ demands to choose their own device (BYOD), while providing IT managers real-time visibility and access to information to keep organisations safe from advanced threats. Sophos Cloud delivers a simple and effective approach for IT organisations to confidently embrace BYOD and to support and protect the wide range of user devices in their environments. Based on the same proven technology that protects over 100 million devices worldwide, Sophos Cloud is a smart choice for global organisations. It delivers effective mobile device management to keep users productive and corporate information secure. The new web features enable IT managers to easily set and enforce policies for enhanced security and compliance; user-based policies can be created once and rapidly deployed across multiple groups and platforms, and follow the users and their devices even when they are off the network. Sophos Cloud also adds Active Directory synchronisation to simplify deployment and management for users and groups. “IDC predicts that the continuing SMB productivity push will drive cloud and mobility adoption, in a big way; in the U.S., 1/3 of small businesses and almost 3/4 of mid-sized firms are using the cloud, and the share will continue to grow,” reports Raymond Boggs, research vice president at IDC.  "Sophos Cloud can help manage security across Windows, Mac, and mobile devices, which is especially important given the diversity – some might say chaos – of an SMB environment. Its user-based management is well suited to SMBs looking to secure users of corporate devices or their own BYOD equipment. Sophos Cloud will be a useful resource for channel partners to leverage in helping support the resource-limited IT teams of their SMB customers.” “We’re pleased to deliver this new release of Sophos Cloud, as it’s another positive step in our strategy to use the cloud to create new, innovative solutions to the ever-increasing security challenges faced by small and mid-market businesses today,” said Bill Lucchini, vice president and general manager of Sophos Cloud. “Sophos Cloud is a differentiated offering that enables IT professionals to simplify security management without compromising users’ demands for usability and performance.  We continue to address the market’s desire for powerful simple-to-use solutions to combat the evolving threat landscape. Sophos security delivered with cloud simplicity is clearly resonating with our customers and partners.” Sophos Cloud: Ideal for IT Solutions Providers Consistent with Sophos’s commitment to its channel partners, Sophos Cloud enables IT solution providers and outsourcers to deliver value to customers. A unified web-based management console, hosted in the cloud by Sophos, enables complete protection for users and devices, and a new partner dashboard gives partners visibility into, and control over, their customers’ subscriptions, devices and policies. Sophos Customers and Channel Partners Look Forward to Latest Version of Sophos Cloud Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) is a significant provider of high quality mental health services in the United Kingdom. James Maloy, Device Architect at NHS Trust, said, “By bringing in Sophos Cloud we have created a new paradigm where we are able to actively monitor the status of all machines, ensure they are well protected and make sure our data remains secure.” Inez Luna, Business Development Manager for Total Tech, a Sophos Partner, said, “The Sophos Cloud roadmap completely aligns with our vision as a ‘security-as-a-service’ company. We add value by managing our clients’ policies, for example, so they can focus on their business without increasing costs.  The Sophos Cloud dashboard provides actionable information, enabling us to be 100% proactive with each one of our clients.” “Our growing organisation required cloud-based security to support Macs and PCs. In deploying Sophos Cloud, we gained a simple and non-invasive solution. I can conveniently schedule real-time scanning to gain all the information I need to proactively do my job. Best of all, Sophos Cloud ensures staff productivity by not getting in the way,” said Ian Lotinsky, Vice President, Engineering, LearnZillion, a company dedicated to championing teachers and supporting their ongoing professional development.  Availability Sophos Cloud is currently available. For more information or for a 30-day trial, visit: www.sophos.com/cloud About Sophos More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’s complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’s award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centres. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com. -Ends- Media contacts Luisa Regattieri Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200 luisa@espressocomms.com.au   Amanda Conroy Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200 +61 422 472 883 amanda@espressocomms.com.au