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Low cost DLP available from Sophos

Sophos : 15 October, 2009  (New Product)
Sophos integrates data loss prevention into its Endpoint Security product with no additional licensing expenditure bringing affordable DLP to smaller companies
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IT security and data protection firm Sophos has 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 UK businesses greater control over sensitive data without any additional licensing costs.

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 checks a further compliance tick box by providing full disk and removable storage encryption.

"It's a real dilemma for IT administrators. They need to prove they are protecting data such as customers' or employees' personal information, but have no extra money to do it," said John Shaw, vice president of endpoint security at Sophos. "Data protection is a serious issue, and too many organisations are risking a public spanking and costly fines by not having a viable solution in place. According to a report by Forrester, the loss of a single record can cost an average of £100. The financial risk to a company with 10,000 records is a million quid. No small potatoes."

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.

"We need to comply with numerous regulatory standards in the healthcare sector, but with lean budgets and shrinking IT staff numbers, help from security providers to pass audits and keep our patient and staff data secure takes away a lot of the headaches," said Paul Jeffs, senior technical specialist at Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. "Sophos has integrated its new DLP technology into the main product without charging customers a penny - basically, we're getting more protection for free. As a bonus, they have designed it so I don't need to get more headcount to manage it. Brilliant."

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 sticks, 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.

"Sophos has a very strong background in content and context scanning, thanks to 25 years in the anti-virus business," continued Shaw. "We are using that same technology to look inside documents for sensitive data. High costs of purchase and day-to-day management have put some businesses off investing in DLP until now - it's these guys who find our offering so appealing."

"We are making use of our 25 years worth of experience in anti-virus and encryption and adding DLP to what we already do" continued Shaw. "Our agent is already scanning every file for malware, intercepting every communication and controlling every USB stick, 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."

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 for 500 users starts at £20.75 and includes 24x7 support by phone, email and web.
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