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Outbound scan for business e-mails available from Sophos.

Sophos : 14 November, 2007  (New Product)
Sophos now enables outbound scanning of e-mails to detect the presence of confidential information to prevent leakage of corporate information assets through e-mail.
IT security and control firm Sophos has announced that its two email appliances, the ES1000 and ES4000, now enable organisations to prevent the leakage of confidential information via email. In addition to blocking email-borne malware, potentially unwanted applications and spam from entering the corporate network via the email gateway, these new Sophos email appliances now enable businesses to scan outbound messages for sensitive data and use encryption to ensure the secure transit of business critical emails.

New management controls included in the Sophos email appliances allow IT administrators to set and monitor user- and group-specific policies that prevent emails containing pre-defined keywords or strings of words from reaching unauthorised recipients, both within and outside of the organisation. The appliances can also identify and block confidential attachments, including those that have had their file type disguised by the sender. These features, together with TLS encryption, help organisations comply with the raft of legal and regulatory requirements that govern the security of confidential information. In addition, they also help ensure that a business's online commercial assets remain secure.

The ES1000 and ES4000 email appliances also meet the growing demand for simpler security solutions. All appliance features, as well as email traffic and other inline systems, are automatically monitored to ensure the entire email infrastructure's availability and performance. Appliances can be managed in-house or IT administrators can opt for Sophos to monitor their infrastructures, using its comprehensive remote management capabilities.

'Most organisations now depend on email to do business, but this growing reliance throws up huge management issues for firms that need to keep valuable information inside their corporate firewalls, whilst at the same time keeping bad emails out,' said Stephen Bourne, sales manager at Sophos partner, Evolution Security Systems Ltd. 'Sophos's two new email appliances offer comprehensive email security without the burden of complicated systems management. They fit the exact needs of busy IT departments that simply cannot tolerate any kind of security breach.'

Supported by SophosLabs, Sophos's global network of threat analysis centres, updates for the Sophos email appliances are available as frequently as every five minutes. This provides businesses with the peace of mind that the latest anti-malware and anti-spam protection is always in place. Sophos's Behavioral Genotype Protection also allows for superior proactive blocking of new and unknown threats.

The ES4000, which is ideal for mid-to large sized organisations, and the ES1000, which is suitable for small- to medium-size firms, both contain an easy-to-use Wizard-based policy tool that enables IT administrators to set inbound and outbound rules which are in full accordance with the organisation's established acceptable use of email policy. Sophos's 'three clicks to anywhere' web-based console further streamlines management, by displaying the status of the system, including mail flow, software and threat updates, and also offers rapid access to other management functions. In addition, message tracking provides a complete overview of message movement through logs, queues and quarantine.

US-based Virginia Mason Medical Center is using the new Sophos appliance to help protect against confidential data loss.

'As our IT resources are extremely busy, we saw the hardened appliance as a way to reduce the amount of administration time associated with managing this environment,' said Ron Yeager, manager of technical services, Virginia Mason Medical Center. 'The Sophos Email Appliance is easy-to-manage and update, very reliable and the performance is excellent. As our industry is acutely diligent about protecting patient data, Sophos allows us to easily configure inbound and outbound policies that prevent data leakage.'

'Organisations are under increasing commercial and regulatory pressure to shore up their IT defences, but with some firms processing thousands - if not millions - of emails each and every day, the administrative burden of ensuring that messages are 'clean' can be too much for IT administrators to bear,' said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant, Sophos. 'Sophos's new email appliances are designed to alleviate this burden, leaving administrators free to spend more time on business-centric issues.'
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