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Cloud Architecture Enables Delivery Of Live Pro-active Protection Against Zero-Day Exploits

Sophos : 10 June, 2010  (New Product)
Sophos has updated its Endpoint Security and Data Protection product with real time protection and updates using the advantages of cloud architecture to deliver the latest threat protection as vulnerabilities are closed
IT security and data protection firm Sophos has announced the addition of Sophos Live Protection technologies to its Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection offering. This new, cloud-based architecture equips businesses with real-time threat protection and automatic configuration changes to security and data protection policy settings. Simplifying the rollout of proactive protection, Sophos Live Protection enables businesses to automatically defend their networks against today's fast moving threats - such as Fake Anti-Virus and targeted malware - while minimising the IT security management overhead.

Three new protection technologies have been built into Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection 9.5 to stop emerging threats from both inside and outside the corporate network.

'Sophos Live Anti-Virus' stops previously unseen threats by instantly checking suspicious files against an extensive 'in-the-cloud' database of known good and bad reputation data - a response is received within seconds, reducing reliance on updates.

Based on SophosLabs' constantly updating database of more than 11 million malicious URLS, 'Sophos Live URL Filtering' prevents real-time access to URLs that have been identified as hosting malware. Providing constant protection, Live URL Filtering defends computers against malware attacks whether using a corporate, home or public network.

'Sophos Runtime Behaviour Detection' creates profiles of file characteristics, i.e. what a file looks like (pre-execution) and what it does when executed (runtime HIPS), enabling accurate identification of malware. By tracking file behaviour, SophosLabs can scan the database of existing profiles to search for a malware match - immediately alerting the user if one is found.

'IT teams pay security companies to protect them from bad stuff, but many vendors leave customers to decide what to do with suspicious files," explained Sophos product specialist Jon Tait. "This Sophos release reduces all this noise by addressing this problem head-on: suspicious files trigger an instantaneous look-up to the Sophos online database of good and bad data, and the file is allowed or blocked faster than a blink of an eye. Testing at customer sites has been seriously impressive, new malware is being picked up way ahead of the game, spelling out greater protection with less complexity for users.'

'With sensitive student information on our network, any kind of data leakage is completely unacceptable,' said Harry Plumtree, ICT Network Manager at The Samworth Enterprise Academy. 'Since the development of things like removable media and social networking, IT security is far more complicated, more so in a school environment where the kids know as much about technology as we do. With the Sophos product we have a simple, easy-to-use and reliable way to protect the school network against unknown or breaking malware attacks, and the delivery of real-time protection means I can focus on other critical areas of my job.'

In addition to the wide range of platforms already supported, Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection 9.5 extends protection to virtualised environments, supporting Microsoft Hyper-V and VMWare's vSphere operating system.

Version 9.5 also comes equipped with enhanced Tamper Protection that prevents any intentional or unintentional disabling of security features such as anti-virus, firewall and system updating.
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