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Encryption deployment simplified by Sophos

Sophos : 11 August, 2009  (New Product)
At release 5.40, SafeGuard Enterprise from Sophos provides a simplified method of managing endpoint encryption throughout the organisation for the prevention of data leakage
IT security and data protection vendor Sophos announced the availability of SafeGuard Enterprise 5.40, the latest multi-layered, centrally managed endpoint data security encryption and data leakage prevention (DLP) solution designed to protect desktops, laptops, PDAs, removable media and other portable devices.

In collaboration with customers, Sophos developed SafeGuard Enterprise 5.40, to offer best-in-class handling of removable media encryption, improved hardware robustness and stability for reliable deployments as well as the best data protection for mobile or fixed computing devices and storage media available to date. Now part of the Sophos family of security and data protection solutions, Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise customers receive round-the-clock, in-house technical support and upgrades as part of each license - at no additional cost.

Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise has established itself in the market as an effective, easy-to-maintain solution for securing data on mobile and fixed computing devices, on removable media, servers and in emails.

Sophos incorporated customer feedback and made many enhancements to the Data Exchange module for removable media encryption resulting in unmatched security and flexibility. Among the notable features is a new single sign-on passphrase that allows access to all encrypted files on a removable device, and portability for offline users, regardless of the key used for encryption. Flexible policy controls allow both basic transparent encryption and advanced user options for easy file-sharing within groups. Customer data is effectively secured against both internal and external threats while end-users enjoy secure productivity.

The Enhanced Configuration Protection module provides file blocking based on file-types during read/write from portable media ensuring better control over confidential data - customised data loss prevention rule sets can be applied without having to entirely block or allow devices, improving user productivity. Used in conjunction with Sophos SafeGuard LAN Crypt, SafeGuard Enterprise provides multi-layered security, allowing customers to extend the protection of confidential data onto file servers and network shares.

New Local Self Help options let standalone users recover forgotten passwords without any helpdesk interaction - lowering costs and providing business continuity when no phone/web connection to the helpdesk is available. In addition, faster, more efficient management of multiple tenants in service-provider type environments is achieved from a single console.

The latest versions of Windows Vista SP2 and SQL Server 2008 are now officially supported by SafeGuard Enterprise, including large scale scenarios that involve database replication. Enhanced hardware compatibility and robustness during install and operation also provides automated hardware/BIOS type detection and intelligent application of encryption settings optimised for the hardware - ensuring a smooth client rollout process for IT, reducing time spent on deployment.

"Sophos consistently strives to surpass customer expectations when it comes to delivering effective, easy to sustain encryption technology even in the most complex environments," said Nagraj Seshadri, data protection specialist at Sophos. "With this latest Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise offering, customers will continue to receive maximum data protection with encryption and DLP - it will be easier for them to deploy and manage, allowing their end-users to go about their business safely and uninterrupted."

As with every Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise release, additional enhancements, including multi-tenancy aware management centre, the option to host two encrypted Windows systems on the same machine, and a feature-enhanced Configuration Protection module are included in the latest offering.

Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise enables businesses to effectively protect their confidential information and helps compliance with regulatory mandates. The product provides comprehensive data protection in mixed device environments as well as consistent implementation and enforcement of company-wide security policies. End users gain secure productivity with Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise's advanced key management. Additionally, Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise's modular, scalable and open architecture allows for seamless integration of current and future modules, and third-party products, assuring continuous investment protection.

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