Sophos news in review: Sysmas prizes, Gameover do-over, and warbiking down under

sophos-sysadmin-throneWe have an extremely cool prize to give away as part of our celebration of the 12 Days of Sysmas. It’s called the Ultimate IT Throne and, even if it won’t give you any real powers over your users or your bosses, it will make you feel like a king (or queen).

There’s a lot going on that demands your attention at nearly every moment, from the not-so-aware user who accidentally downloads new threats like the re-born Gameover malware, to old threats like users accessing insecure Wi-Fi networks.

IT pros, we’ve got your back. (And if you win our IT Throne, we’ll get your behind too).

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How to upgrade your network security with our free firewall

sophos-utmThe router and firewall is a critical piece of equipment in your network. It connects you to the outside world while also acting as your first line of defence against intruders. If your firewall gets compromised things get ugly – fast.

I want to share a little tip – did you know that we offer an amazing alternative to cheap consumer grade Internet routers?

The difference is, our software is enterprise class, fully maintained and free. Here’s how you can try our Sophos UTM Home Edition and our free Sophos UTM Essential Firewall for businesses.

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What the security industry can learn from a great World Cup defense

world-cupLast week, I joined millions of people in cheering on Costa Rica during their improbable World Cup quarterfinal match against the Netherlands. Remarkably, the Ticos held a superior Netherlands team scoreless through 120 minutes of regulation and extra time.

The key to their defense was a level of coordination I have not seen from other teams. Throughout the match, every player seemed to be involved in the defense at every moment. They moved like clockwork, communicating and shifting positions to keep the ball out of the goal.

Wouldn’t it be great if security technologies worked together as elegantly and effectively as Costa Rica’s defense?

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The next generation of the PlugX APT – new SophosLabs research

plug-xSophosLabs Threat Researcher Gabor Szappanos has been following the development of PlugX – a strain of advanced persistent threat (APT) that has been used in targeted attacks - over the past year.

“Szappi,” as he’s known around the labs, has dissected variants of PlugX in a series of technical papers explaining his research – and the new ways the cybercriminals have devised to conceal their malware.

In his latest paper, Szappi shows us how one variant of PlugX doesn’t do what the other versions do – dropping a separate file on the infected system – but rather stores itself in memory without using the disk.

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Sophos UTM and Mobile Control – Better together for Mobile NAC

mobile-plus-utm-150In a recent survey conducted by Sophos on Spiceworks*, 42% of respondents said that Mobile Network Access Control (NAC) was the feature they would most like to have integrated into their next firewall.

Wishful thinking? Not at all – we can offer you that today.

Read on to learn more about how Sophos Mobile Control and Sophos UTM now work better together to protect your network from mobiles running wild.

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Sophos Email Appliance offers Enhanced Phishing Protection

phishing-emailsWith the latest v3.8 release of our Sophos Email Appliance, we’ve improved the ability to protect yourself from Phishing attacks by adding support for both common frameworks used to validate email senders.

Phishing attacks often attempt to spoof or forge the source address of their email messages, pretending to be someone they’re not in order to fool anti-spam systems and users alike.

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