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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The Sophos World Cup ‘dream team': See which players made our roster

world-cupWhether you call it football or soccer, the FIFA World Cup is the ultimate sporting event. Thirty-two nations and the world’s top players, on the biggest stage, all vying for the chance to be called the world’s best.

To celebrate the World Cup, we picked some of the best players in the world and put them on our dream roster. And because we think many of the same qualities that make a great footballer also make great security products, we matched our top players with their counterparts from our product line-up.

Check out our roster — and let us know what you think. Who would you want on your team?

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Sales Engineer Explainer: Why Sophos UTM is ‘virtually perfect’

utm-virtual-150Editor’s note: The following article was written by Dan Ingling, Channel Sales Engineer, Sophos.

Perhaps saying “perfect” is a bit of a stretch, but there’s no doubt that our Sophos UTM solution is an industry-leading product that offers a comprehensive, yet simple approach to network security. What I really mean to say is that our UTM is perfect virtually — providing an outstanding base on which to build a flexible network security solution using virtualization platforms such as VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V.

We often highlight the flexible deployment options of our UTM product to partners and prospective customers, making them aware that virtualization is an option. Virtualization is not the best choice for everyone, but in the right environment, virtual UTM can offer unmatched flexibility, performance and scalability.

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UTM Up2Date 9.202 Released

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We are pleased to announce that a new Up2Date package is available for Sophos UTM.

This update introduces new features for Mobile Protection that will allow integration with Sophos Mobile Control. This will simplify configuration of mobile features as well as enforce policies in order to always stay secure.

Please read on to see the full details of this release.

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