Snowshoe Spam is on the Rise – What can be done about it?

snowshoes02In our 2014 Threat Report, we noted that snowshoe spam was gaining popularity amongst spammers using new techniques to evade detection and sneak through loopholes in anti-spam laws. Over the last several months, we’ve noticed the volume of snowshoe spam continuing to build at a tremendous pace.

Snowshoe spam is essentially unsolicited bulk email. And it’s been effective, because like a snowshoe, it spreads the load across a large area. In this case, distributing spam across a huge range of IP addresses many of which are used briefly, and only once, sending out massive volumes of spam in very short bursts. The temporary aspect of these campaigns has also given rise to the term ‘hit-and-run’ spam. Naturally, this technique makes it challenging for filters to determine spam based on reputation.

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Sophos Cloud is making it easier to protect servers, and everything else, in one place

cloud-150With the release of Sophos Cloud Server Protection, we’re expanding Sophos Cloud to protect desktops, laptops, mobile phones, tablets – and now servers – with the most effective and simple-to-manage business security offering available.

If compromising desktops is like stealing a wallet, then hacking a server is like robbing a bank. Servers store large amounts of sensitive information and have become popular targets for cybercriminals.

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.

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Sophos wins CRN Channel Award for Security Vendor of the Year – for the second year running!

We were honored once again to receive the Channel Company’s CRN Award for Security Vendor of the Year.

Winning the Security Vendor of the Year award from CRN for the second year running is proof of what our partners have known for some years – that Sophos not only has world class products and support but also the ability to add real value to the partner community.

Our channel program has been designed to be easy and rewarding for partners. And we continue to lead the way in how we bring our products to market.

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Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise Wins TechTarget Readers’ Choice Award for Best Encryption

award-winnerWe’re proud to announce that Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise has been awarded the 2014 TechTarget Readers’ Choice Award for the best encryption solution.

TechTarget invited readers to complete an online survey to identify the top security tools from a list of more than 400 products for their ninth annual Readers’ Choice Awards. 

More than 1,700 IT security professionals cast votes in one or more of this year’s 22 categories and told TechTarget which products they can’t live without. 

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New Amazon Web Services Resource Center

aws-1With a busy week well under way at Amazon’s re:Invent conference, we’re pleased to launch our brand-new AWS Resource Center.

It showcases many of the ways Sophos makes AWS security simple!  You’ll find a wealth of valuable information and resources that demonstrate just how easy it is to secure your AWS networks, servers, and applications with Sophos.  There are case studies, videos, guides, links to test drives, and much much more to help you get started securing your AWS infrastructure.

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Sophos Warbiking exposes Wi-Fi hotspot dangers in San Diego

warbiking-san-diegoWe took our Warbiking tour to San Diego to raise awareness about wireless security, and we discovered that people in this high-tech city are connecting to thousands of unprotected wireless networks.

San Diego is a very technology-focused place, with lots of people connecting their mobiles and laptops to Wi-Fi hotspots around the city. And much like other cities we’ve visited such as New York and London, people may be unaware of the worrisome lack of security on many of these hotspots.

Chester Wisniewski, Sophos Senior Security Advisor, toured the city on his specially-equipped bike, picking up the signals of 8,048 Wi-Fi networks, to find out what kind of security they were using.

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Sophos UTM Advantage (9.3) is coming soon – find out what’s new!

UTM Advantage IconWe’re pleased to commence the roll-out of our latest major UTM software update: UTM Advantage (9.3).

More and more organizations are switching to Sophos UTM for their next firewall to take advantage of our all-in-one protection with on-box reporting, simplicity and performance. This release continues to add even more value and protection while making things easier for everyone.

If you’re not already a Sophos UTM customer, UTM Advantage (9.3) adds to the 5 great reasons why you should switch to a better Firewall. Watch our brief demo video of what’s new in UTM Advantage (9.3). The complete release notes are provided below.

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