IT pros are worried about email security, says survey

Central with EmailToday we officially announced the release of Sophos Email, our brand new secure email gateway solution, as an addition to our Email product range and our Sophos Central management platform.

It’s engineered to provide our leading threat and spam protection to users of Microsoft Exchange Online, Office 365, Google Apps for Work and many other email services. And from what we heard in our recent email security survey, users of cloud-based email services like these are in desperate need of the extra protection it delivers.

We conducted the survey among our Spiceworks community and readers of Naked Security. We’re just starting to analyze some of the results and they make for interesting reading.

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We’ve won! Sophos takes 3 CRN Annual Report Card awards

CRN ARC 16 2 We’re honored to announce that Sophos has won three distinguished categories in CRN’s 2016 Annual Report Card (ARC).

Following on from last year’s success, we were named overall winners in both the Network Security category and the Data Security category, as well as receiving the highly regarded Product Innovation award in the Endpoint Security category.

CRN’s study recognizes those technology vendors most highly praised by their solution provider partners, and for over three decades has been a benchmark for quality within the IT channel.

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Sophos Home rated “Best Free Mac Antivirus” by Tom’s Guide

Sophos HomeWe know how good Sophos Home is. That’s why we keep talking about it. But it’s always nice to hear an independent review (or two or three!) to back that up.

The old adage “Macs don’t get malware” simply isn’t true, and if you run a Mac, you need to be running an antivirus.

Tom’s Guide recently undertook a review of the Best Mac Antivirus Software and Sophos Home came out top of the free products!

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Sophos Server Protection gets an update!

Server copyWe’ve just updated Sophos Server Protection in Sophos Central, adding next-generation malware prevention and detection techniques for server environments.

Solid server security starts with good operational hygiene, which includes restricting who and what can reach the server, and what applications can run.

We’ve now made that easier in Sophos Central Server Protection with the inclusion of:

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Sophos Endpoint Protection receives 2 AAA awards

SE Labs AAA AwardsSophos Endpoint Protection has been awarded 2 AAA awards from SE Labs. The top awards come in the latest round of independent tests conducted for Enterprise and SMB companies looking for endpoint protection.

We make every effort to participate in several independent tests, so you don’t have to take the word of us or any other vendor about our products’ efficacy.

SE Labs was created by Simon Edwards, the former technical director of the now-defunct Dennis Technology Labs. Simon is also the former chairman of the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO), to which SE Labs and Sophos both belong. In other words, he knows a thing or two about testing security products.

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Join the Sophos XG Firewall v16 beta today!

XG FirewallIt’s official: the highly anticipated public beta for the Sophos XG Firewall v16 is now underway, and we’d love for you to get involved. The product team has been working furiously for the last several months making this one of the most ambitious and exciting product releases ever. It’s loaded with tons of new features and enhancements that we think you’re going to love.

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What is… social engineering?

Welcome to our What is… series,
where we turn technical jargon into plain English.

It’s a key part of criminal activities, often an important step in phishing campaigns. But what is social engineering, exactly?

Social engineering is the act of manipulating people into taking a specific action for an attacker’s benefit. You might think it sounds like the work of a con artist – and you’d be right.

Since social engineering preys on the weaknesses inherent in all of us, it can be quite effective. And without proper training it’s tricky to prevent.

If you’ve ever received a phishy email, you’ve seen social engineering at work. The social engineering aspect of a phishing attack is the crucial first step – getting the victim to open a dodgy attachment or visit a malicious website. Continue reading