How many companies make UTMs with 802.11ac integrated wireless? Just one.

nsgLast week at our annual EMEA Partner Conference in Rome, attended by over 400 of our fantastic partners, I was fortunate to meet a true pioneer – our guest speaker Reinhold Messner, who made the first solo ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen.

Reinhold is an inspiring figure. He has climbed all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks. He is also an author, politician and businessman.

His speech got me thinking about ways Sophos is a pioneer too. Which is why I’m so excited that we have achieved an industry first with our new Sophos SG Series SG 125w and SG 135w – the first (and for now the only) UTM appliances on the market with 802.11ac integrated wireless.

Now you might be thinking, “I’ve heard of Everest, but why is 802.11ac such good news?” Put simply, because it’s much faster.

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Do these 3 things to help your family and friends stay secure

dothese-3-150Are you the unofficial IT support person for your friends and family? If you know a thing or two about computers, mobile and other smart devices, you’ve probably had to get friends and family out of tech trouble on occasion.

Maybe you’ve done some troubleshooting with the family printer – or perhaps you were asked to clean up your friend’s PC that got hit with a virus (he wasn’t doing anything wrong, he swears!).

Well, we’re offering three simple things you can do to help those you care about with the often baffling problems of online security.

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Sophos Web Appliance v4.0 release news

web-appliance-150Just over a month ago we announced the release of version 4.0 of the Sophos Web Appliance. Many customers and partners have asked me when their appliances will receive the new version so here’s an update on our release progress.

We started our usual staged rollout process in early April. Staged rollout allows us to make the product available to early adopters while giving us the chance to address any issues that slip through our extensive testing and QA procedures.

Delivering high quality is a priority for Sophos. During those first stages, our early adopters identified a couple of areas where version 4.0 was not performing as expected, so we decided to postpone the rollout while we addressed those issues.

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Watch out for these 3 firewall failures (Video)

Faulty firewallIt may look like an unassuming box in the server room, but your firewall is your gatekeeper, your first line of defense, shielding you from the bad stuff on the outside world of the Internet.

When firewalls first came into use, it simply meant blocking certain kinds of traffic. Today’s “next-generation firewalls” need to do a whole lot more.

As threats become more advanced, firewalls have to keep up with new capabilities. But there are several ways your firewall can fail you – here are three of the biggest.

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Which countries top the new Dirty Dozen spam list?

spamp-2015-q1-150SophosLabs tracks huge volumes of spam from around the world, and once in a while we pause to take a look at the countries sending the most spam  – we call it our Dirty Dozen Spampionship.

In the results for the most recent quarter (January, February and March 2015), we found that the biggest spam-relaying country in the world is the United States, once again. Vietnam has climbed to number two, followed by Ukraine, Russia, South Korea, and China rounding out the top six.

Check out the rest of the list and you see some familiar places and some countries that come and go from the Dirty Dozen:

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Sophos collects awards for our lightning-fast firewall and top-notch Naked Security blog

award-winnerWe were humbled to receive two great awards at RSA Conference in San Francisco this week – one recognizing our super-fast SG 230 firewall, and another award praising our best-of-breed Naked Security blog.

First off, we were pleasantly surprised at our booth by Rob Smithers, CEO of Miercom, who presented us with a Performance Verified award for our SG 230 firewall.

Miercom took our appliance through its paces last year and the test results were impressive.

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