IT security in an era of falling budgets – how is the public sector coping?

public-sector-150In the UK, local government and police IT budgets are under immense pressure due to ongoing cuts – even in the face of rapidly emerging security threats.

To learn more about the unique challenges of public sector organisations, we commissioned an independent survey of 2,728 public sector employees in the UK to discover their views regarding IT security.

Their responses paint an interesting picture of how organisations are seeking to protect their systems and data in the face of diminishing budgets and a more mobile, connected workforce.

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Celebrate SysAdmin Day with Sophos – play a retro video game, win prizes!

Retro WeekThis Friday, July 31, 2015, is System Administrator Appreciation Day (SysAdmin Day for short). To show our thanks for all you really hard-working, but totally under-appreciated sysadmins out there, we’re celebrating all day, all night, all week long.

Last year, we gave away some rockin’ socks, and one lucky IT pro in our “Sysmas” contest won our Ultimate IT Throne. We’re stepping it up to a whole new level this year with Sophos Retro Week, throwing back the clock to the 1980s. Because who isn’t nostalgic for bad fashion, big hair, and crazy-fun, 8-bit video games?

We’re giving away a ton more sweet prizes that will make you want to jump in your Delorean and go back in time to 1985!

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Sophos is named a Top 100 Company for Graduates… again!

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A hearty “thanks” to the graduate employee reviewers who once again ranked Sophos this year in the Top 100 Companies for Graduates to Work For (Smaller Intake) in a survey conducted by The Job Crowd.

How our graduate program works

Sophos works with local universities to hire graduates into positions such as graduate software developers, graduate accountants, and graduate account managers. The program initially began with universities in the UK but is expanding into universities in the USA, including Harvard and MIT. The graduate program is not limited to recent graduates, and also includes internships.

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Introducing Sophos Cloud Web Gateway

Sophos Cloud Web GatewayToday we’re pleased to announce the release of Sophos Cloud Web Gateway – the easy-to-deploy, easy-to-trial web security solution you’ve been searching for.

Sophos Cloud has experienced exponential revenue growth – in fact it’s by far the fastest growing Sophos product set. Already, it includes simple and effective endpoint, mobile and server solutions delivered from the cloud. Now it’s time for our Secure Web Gateway (SWG) to go to the cloud.

You may remember late last year Sophos acquired Mojave Networks. Since then, the Sophos and Mojave development teams have joined forces to integrate this great technology into Sophos Cloud. The result is enterprise-class web protection, features and reporting – all with Sophos Cloud simplicity.

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A closer look at the Angler exploit kit

SophosLabsOver the past few years exploit kits have been widely adopted by criminals looking to infect users with malware. They are used in a process known as a drive-by download, which invisibly directs a user’s browser to a malicious website that hosts an exploit kit.

The exploit kit then proceeds to exploit security holes, known as vulnerabilities, in order to infect the user with malware. The entire process can occur completely invisibly, requiring no user action.

In this research article we will take a closer look at one of the more notorious exploit kits used to facilitate drive-by downloads – a kit known as Angler exploit kit (Angler hereafter).

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Crowdsourcing threat intelligence with download reputation

SophosLabsLast week, we mentioned that application control is now available as part of a Sophos Cloud public beta. The beta also introduces a new next-generation endpoint protection feature called download reputation.

While it may not sound flashy, download reputation is an important step forward in protecting users from advanced threats, like zero-day malware designed to evade traditional antivirus defenses.

Download reputation crowdsources threat intelligence by drawing on the experience of our global customer base to help determine a file’s reputation. In other words, every user with download reputation enabled helps contribute to the collective security of our customers.

Let’s take a look at how download reputation works.

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