Sophos news in review: SG Series is here, Heartbleed boosts 2FA, and new spam rankings

Sophos-in-the-newsWe had a big event in our Abingdon, UK headquarters this week to showcase our fastest UTM appliances ever — the Sophos SG Series. Check out the launch event video, so you can see just how cool (and fast!) the new UTM boxes are.

On the security news front, the Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL continues to dominate the conversation — so our experts talked about two-factor authentication (2FA), and how it can improve security over just using a password alone.

And we released our quarterly Spampionship tables, which rank the spammiest countries based on volume of spam and spam per person. It’s often surprising when countries suddenly rise in the rankings — we’re looking at you, Spain.

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Introducing the Sophos SG Series – our fastest appliances ever!

utm-sg-series-boxWe’re very proud to announce a new generation of network security appliances: the Sophos SG Series. Engineered on the very latest Intel technology, they’re built to provide optimal performance, versatility and efficiency to meet the growing security needs of organizations of diverse sizes. Read on for a message from Guenter Junk, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Network Security Group, introducing our fastest appliances ever.

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UTM Series appliances – Our best sellers ever!

utmacceleratedWith the recent launch of our SG Series appliances, you might be wondering about where our UTM Series appliances fit in. Of course, the Sophos UTM Series is our best-selling line-up of network security appliances of all time – and we aim to ensure that success continues.

UTM Series appliances will remain an important part of our hardware appliance portfolio and continue to enjoy all the great new features and enhancements that come with every software update.

Our UTM Series delivers unmatched value with a great balance of price, performance and protection.

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Sophos in the news: Coinbase phished, Firefox pwned, and a big CRN award for our Partner Program

Sophos-in-the-newsThis was a big week for prizes. We scored another big award for our Partner Program, which earned a five-star rating from CRN in its annual Partner Programs Guide.

Meanwhile, some security researchers won close to a million dollars in prize money at the PWN2OWN contest for successfully hacking all of the major web browsers with new exploits.

And proving that some prizes are a curse disguised as a blessing, a widespread spam email campaign blasted out last week claimed that recipients had received an unsolicited deposit of Bitcoins to their online account. Oh, really? Free money? It turns out it was a phishing attack aimed at stealing user credentials for Coinbase, a San Francisco-based Bitcoin bank.

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Sophos at CeBIT: UTM Accelerated 9.2, Warbiking, and some important guests at our booth

sophos-cebit-150We had a big presence at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany the week of 10-14 March, and we met many great customers, partners, and notable guests. Lord Livingston, UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment, stopped by to talk with us, and we also met Olaf Lies, German Minister of Economics.

This year’s CeBIT tech conference was one of the biggest ever, attracting a lot of attention thanks to the attendance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who gave a big speech about the future of information technology.

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Sophos in the news: World of Warbiking, Apple’s goto fail bug, Android malware surge

Sophos-in-the-newsAnother big week for Sophos has just gone by, and our heads are still spinning. We presented ground-breaking research at not one but two big tech conferences this week — Mobile World Congress and RSA Conference 2014. We also gave RSA attendees a taste of our exciting World of Warbiking tour, launched this week in San Francisco.

On the security news front, Apple’s buggy code left OS X Mavericks users vulnerable for several days this past weekend before a patch came out on Tuesday. So one of our experts made his own unofficial patch to show us what caused the security loophole, and how it should be fixed.

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Sophos Complete MSP Security wins award for Best Managed Security Service

Complete MSP SecurityWe grabbed another major award from SC Magazine, for our Complete MSP Security for managed services providers. This year’s SC Awards were presented in San Francisco, during a busy week alongside the RSA Conference. SC Magazine recognized our comprehensive offering for MSP partners as the “Best Managed Security Service.”

We’re not afraid to say that this SC Award will look pretty good lined up next to the other awards our Partner Program has racked up in the past year. You can see a list of the other finalists we were up against and read more about the SC Awards here.

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Sophos in the news: Partner Program revamp, Talking Angela Facebook hoax, Forbes password hack

Sophos-in-the-newsThis week Sophos announced a major revamp of our Partner Program in North America, and our establishment of a new partnership with U.S. distributor Ingram Micro. Meanwhile, we strengthened our relationship with two other distributors in North America: D&H Distributing and Lifeboat Distribution.

Our security experts broke news this week with our coverage of a fast-spreading hoax on Facebook regarding the children’s game app Talking Angela. Plus, we provided valuable insight into the latest data breach of usernames and passwords by the hacktivist group SEA.

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Sophos in the news: Cyberoam, SafeGuard, Snapchat and Flappy Bird

Sophos-in-the-newsThis was a really big week for Sophos, with so much positive media coverage of our acquisition of leading UTM company Cyberoam Technologies, and the launch of the latest and greatest version of our encryption solution SafeGuard Enterprise.

Our experts from SophosLabs and Naked Security also made headlines this week with head-of-the-pack security research, particularly our discovery of malware-carrying versions of the insanely popular Flappy Bird game. Here are some of the highlights from media coverage of Sophos this week.

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From the CEO: Sophos and Cyberoam, a winning combination for network security

Cyberoam a Sophos Company logoToday we announced that Sophos has acquired Cyberoam, a leading UTM company headquartered in Ahmedabad, India. I just wanted to share a few thoughts about the announcement, and mention some of the reasons why I think bringing Sophos and Cyberoam together is an exciting combination for our two companies, as well as for our customers, our partners, and the industry as a whole.

This transaction brings together two highly successful companies in network security, and positions us well to succeed further in this dynamic and fast-growing market. We believe Cyberoam and Sophos are a compelling combination in several key respects:

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