Get ready for the Sophos Roadshow coming to ASEAN

roadshowWe’re hitting the road in September, bringing our message of “network security accelerated” to the ASEAN region with our ASEAN Roadshow 2014.

Register for one of our events in the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia to discover how you can unleash the full potential of your network with the new Sophos SG Series appliance – the ultimate network security package.

Hear from our featured speakers, including Sophos Chief Technology Officer Gerhard Eschelbeck, on how Sophos is helping to simplify security for organizations of all sizes.

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Sophos sweeps 2014 CRN Annual Report Card awards

ARC-winner-150This week we were honored to receive the highest awards in the CRN 2014 Annual Report Card (ARC). We were named the overall winner in both the Client Security Software and Network Security Appliances categories, and swept the subcategories of product innovation, support and partnership.

It’s the first time in the history of the ARC that a company has swept both awards. For nearly three decades, this distinguished study has served as a benchmark for excellence throughout the IT channel, recognizing the technology vendors most highly praised by their solution provider partners.

Honorees were selected based on the results of an in-depth survey by The Channel Company’s research team.

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Sophos is a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for UTM – here’s 5 reasons why

gartner-magic-quadrant-150Gartner has named Sophos to its Leaders Quadrant in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management for the third year in a row. We think it’s a real privilege to receive recognition from Gartner.

The momentum in our UTM business is truly exciting. In the past year we’ve released our SG Series appliances, the fastest UTM devices we’ve ever produced. And our growth in the market is astonishing.

The Magic Quadrant is based on an assessment of a company’s ability to execute and completeness of vision. We believe we’re a Leader once again for these five simple reasons.

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Sophos Mobile Control 4.0 wins 5 Star rating from SC Magazine

Sophos Mobile Control wins 5 Star rating from SC MagazineSophos Mobile Control version 4.0 has earned a 5 Star rating from SC Magazine, the highest level possible. Sophos Mobile Control, our enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution, makes it easy for organizations to manage all their devices, and the content and applications on them.

SC Magazine’s July 2014 review calls Sophos Mobile Control 4.0 (SMC) a “solid, quality enterprise-capable product,” and notes that SMC is “easy to deploy and manage with a vast set of features.”

This award shouldn’t be too surprising — SMC version 3.5 also received five stars from SC Magazine. And we’ve been recognized as a Visionary in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management.

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5 reasons to make your next firewall a Sophos firewall

sophos_5_reasons_to_switchWhen we surveyed IT professionals recently about how old their firewall is, 51% of them said three or more years.

If you’re one of them, you’re probably missing out on the latest functionality — from advanced threat protection, app control and branch office VPN, to mobile NAC, email and endpoint protection.

There are many reasons why you should consider Sophos for your next firewall — here are five of them.

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Sharing anti-selfies and our expert view from Black Hat USA 2014

BlackHat Conf Face MaskWe’re at Black Hat USA 2014 in Las Vegas this week, where a bunch of smart people who are good at breaking, um, hacking stuff, take center stage to share their security research. It’s a great opportunity to learn, share, mix and mingle.

If you’re at Black Hat, you’ll definitely want to stop by Booth #559, where you can chat face-to-face with our security pros. If you’re feeling a little mischievous, or shy, print out one of our cheeky “anti-selfie” masks for some privacy.

Get your anti-selfie mask, tweet a photo of yourself with your mask using the hashtag #BHantiselfie, and get a chance to win a cool t-shirt.

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Sophos on ABC World News: Free Wi-Fi networks have security risks (Video)

wifiWireless networks are everywhere, but they aren’t always secure. In New York City, where millions of people connect to free but insecure Wi-Fi hotspots every day, it’s the same story.

Chester Wisniewski, Sophos senior security adviser, explains just how easy it would be for hackers to take advantage of unsuspecting people, in a segment that appeared Monday night on ABC World News.

Watch the video below or on the ABC World News website to see the full interview with Chet.

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Spam-Bot Invaders: Which countries send the most spam? (Infographic)

Spam-Bot-Invaders-150Recently we measured spam volume from around the world to find out which countries are the worst spam offenders. As we expected, the United States sends out way more spam than any other country — 24.2% of all spam was from the U.S.

When you consider the country’s huge online population, it’s not surprising that the U.S. sends so much spam. Spam comes from “bots” — computers infected with malware and under the control of a criminal. “Bot masters” can use servers anywhere in the world to give the bots instructions. So spam-bots in the countries on our list aren’t the authors of the spam, they are more like the messengers.

While it’s interesting to call out the 12 “dirty dozen” countries that send the most spam by volume, we also like to look at the amount of spam by population. It’s a diverse list of nations, and even small countries have a big spam problem.

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Sophos Sysmas grand prize: And the Ultimate IT Throne goes to …

sophos-sysmas-throneIn celebration of SysAdmin Day, we built the Ultimate IT Throne to present to one lucky winner of our #SophosSysmas contest. On Friday, I had the pleasure of delivering the coveted prize to the new King of IT — Morgan Jones, Systems Administrator at STARA Technologies Inc., in Gilbert, Arizona.

Morgan looked pretty surprised when we showed up at his office to present him with the IT Throne, and he operated it like a natural (especially the automatic Nerf cannons).

We shot a cool video showing the creative effort behind the building of the IT Throne.

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Sophos UTM is faster than Fortinet, Dell SonicWALL and WatchGuard: The test results that prove it

UTM-9.2-Accelerated-faster-performanceEarlier this year we launched a new series of network security appliances and we told you they were much faster; boasting new faster CPUs, lightening quick SSD drives for instance. Now we’ve got the test results that prove it.

Independent test vendor Miercom has done rigorous testing of the Sophos SG Series alongside comparative appliances from other vendors. We shared some data points from Miercom earlier this year which looked very good indeed. Now Miercom has made available more results – and I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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