Sophos charitable and foundation support stretches across the world

At Sophos we come from many countries and walks of life. But we share the same core values, including a commitment to help others and make a positive impact in the communities where we work.

From our global headquarters in the UK, to our offices in India, Hungary, the Philippines and many other places in between, Sophos’s corporate social responsibility efforts stretch across the world!

Each of our offices participates in their own local charities. Here are some of the charities, fundraising activities and foundations we’re supporting right now.

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Why Word malware is BASIC: SophosLabs takes apart a booby-trapped document

Thanks to Graham Chantry of SophosLabs,
whose research and analysis form the core of this article.

SophosLabsWhen you think of widely-used programming languages, you probably come up with a mental list such as C, C++, Java and JavaScript.

But Microsoft VBA, or Visual Basic for Applications, should be up there too, because of its broad-brush popularity.

VBA is a modern-day dialect of BASIC, the original easy-to-learn-and-use programming language for beginners and experts alike.

It is built into many Microsoft applications, notably the components of Microsoft Office.

You can use it for all sorts of automation tasks right inside your own documents and spreadsheets, so it’s the sort of programming language that is as likely to be used by accountants and auditors as by software engineers and sysdamins.

Of course, once you add VBA code to a Word document, that file is no longer just so much harmless data, because it has a BASIC program buried inside.

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The big IT security challenges ahead for the NHS, and what one hospital is doing about them

NHSWhen respected independent healthcare analyst The King’s Fund recently listed the three main challenges facing the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) in the year ahead, it will surprise nobody that budgets are a top concern.

With a robust spending review demanding up to £22 billion of productivity improvements, King’s is calling for the NHS to develop new care models that can provide savings without compromising on patient care.

King’s sees a large role for technology to transform the cost, accessibility and efficiency of many services. For care professionals, the goal is to use new technologies to engage patients in their own care, support clinical relationships and provide better data to drive more effective planning and decision making.

But with this comes risk. Putting IT at the heart of care means more opportunity for data breaches, as many high profile public and private sector data incidents have demonstrated.

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SophosLabs researchers explore Android threats, banking malware, APTs at VB 2015

VB2015SophosLabs researchers are presenting four papers at the 25th annual Virus Bulletin International Conference (VB 2015) – taking place 30 September to 2 October in beautiful Prague – covering some hot topics: Android malware, banking Trojans, and advanced persistent threats (APTs).

Our experts are always sharing new discoveries about the vast and complex web of security threats. But much of the research we’re presenting this year is focused on how the security industry can get better at protecting us against those threats, including through automated systems, smarter testing, and more holistic approaches.

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Sophos joins the UK’s top public companies in the FTSE 250

Sophos joins FTSE 250From small beginnings in the shadows of Oxford’s dreaming spires, Sophos has become one of the biggest success stories of the UK technology sector.

This July, Sophos (LSE: SOPH) broke records with the largest ever IPO in the UK for a software company, valued at $1.6 billion (£1.1 billion). On Friday, Sophos officially entered the FTSE 250, bringing new attention to Sophos from the UK investor community, and new awareness of our success around the world.

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Sophos Mobile Control has same-day support for iOS 9 – why you should upgrade

Sophos supports iOS 9Apple has just released the new version of its mobile operating system, iOS 9, and many iOS device owners can’t wait to get it. That’s why we’re happy to offer same-day support for iOS 9 in our mobile products.

If you’re managing iOS devices with Sophos Mobile Control (SMC) or Sophos Cloud Mobile Control, you can upgrade immediately to iOS 9.

No reconfiguration is needed for already-managed iOS devices – they’ll just report the new version number. Users can enroll new iOS 9 devices as usual.

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Independent tests show Sophos Endpoint beats the rest in usability

Tolly usability reportWe’ve been saying it for years: simple security is better security. We design our products with the IT professional in mind, and the result of our efforts is the most usable security products on the market.

You don’t have to take my word for it: independent testing house Tolly has just published a report comparing the ease of use of our endpoint products to that of our competitors. And the proof is plain for all to see – Sophos Endpoint Protection and Sophos Cloud require the fewest steps to deploy, manage and use.

The report compares Sophos Endpoint Protection managed by Sophos Enterprise Console and Sophos Cloud against on-premise endpoint solutions from Intel Security (McAfee), Kaspersky, Symantec and Trend Micro. It focuses on tasks related to three areas: deployment, management and visibility.

Overall, both Sophos products required fewer steps than the competing solutions to complete the different tasks (see table below).

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