Sophos scoops two awards for security excellence

screen-shot-2016-11-25-at-16-44-30The inaugural 2016 Security Excellence Awards by UK magazine Computing saw Sophos collect two industry prizes last night: SafeGuard 8 took the Data Encryption Award and Sophos XG Firewall won the Firewall Solution and UTM Award.

The ceremony was held in London in the shadow of the Shard, where the Sophos representatives enjoyed the somewhat surprising, albeit entertaining, performance of the skinny public-schoolboy-looking freestyle-rapping presenter, Chris Turner.
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Gartner acknowledges Sophos’ continued data protection leadership

gartner-tileAfter being recognized by Gartner as a leader in seven consecutive Magic Quadrants for Mobile Data Protection, we continue our success by being one of the vendors with the most comprehensive solution in the new Gartner report, Market Guide for Information-Centric Endpoint and Mobile Protection.*

This new report by John Girard of Gartner is the replacement for the now retired Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Data Protection. It defines nine different methods for information-centric endpoint protection, ranging from basic device protection to comprehensive file-based protection methods.

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Encryption now available in Sophos Central

scde_blog_graphicCab rides, airport security, busy cafes, hotel rooms, airplanes; all can be very treacherous places for laptop computers. Each year, millions of laptops are lost, stolen or simply left behind, with many of them containing important and sensitive data.

Full-disk encryption is the essential first line of defense for protecting data in any of these events and, plainly speaking, it should be used for all business computers.

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Sophos Mobile Control is named SC Magazine’s Best Buy!

SC BEST BUY logoSophos Mobile Control has been given five stars and the “Best Buy” award from SC Magazine, beating AirWatch, IBM and Citrix in the publication’s latest review of mobile device management solutions.

We’re delighted that Sophos Mobile Control came out on top, and received a perfect five out of five stars in all categories in the July 2016 issue.

The review editors at SC Magazine were full of praise for Sophos Mobile Control:

“Out of the gate we need to say that this product impressed us.”

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Sophos Mobile Security arrives on iOS!

SMSAs a security vendor, we’re often asked, “What about Sophos Antivirus for iPhones and iPads?”

We’d love to oblige, but Apple’s iOS development model doesn’t allow the sort of interaction with the operating system that we’d need to build an effective anti-virus program.

In particular, to qualify for the App Store, an app is limited to its own sandbox, where it isn’t supposed to be able to read or interfere with other apps, or to sidestep Apple’s commercial controls.

That makes it impossible for an anti-virus to analyse other apps, or to hook into the operating system itself to scan files after they are downloaded but before they are used.

In other words, even trusted vendors can’t publish apps that do what you’d expect from an anti-virus – not unless you jailbreak your phone, which opens up a whole heap of security risks on its own.

The silver lining, however, is that Apple’s strict walled garden approach has made it much harder to sneak malware onto iPhones and iPads, so Apple devices have experienced a minuscule fraction of the malware troubles that have beset the Android ecosystem.

Of course, no walled garden is perfectly secure against attackers, and Apple regularly issues iOS updates to close off software vulnerabilities to help keep the bad guys out.

This means that keeping your device up-to-date with the latest iOS version is an important part of staying secure.

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