Sophos UTM for Amazon Web Services – now with Auto Scaling to fit your needs

Sophos UTM for AWSCloud security doesn’t have to be costly and complex. Amazon Web Services (AWS) delivers speed and cost savings. Your cloud security solution should do the same.

As an AWS Advanced Tier security partner, we’re pleased to offer a new feature in Sophos UTM to protect your AWS environments while automatically scaling to fit your needs.

Sophos UTM for AWS now features Auto Scaling, so you can seamlessly scale up during demand spikes, or minimize costs by scaling back automatically during demand lulls.

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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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UTM Up2Date 9.350 Released

nsgWe’ve just released a new Up2Date package for all UTM 9.3 users. It introduces several feature enhancements and improvements for our current UTM platform.

Please note that this is a mini-feature release, which is a little different from how we have done Up2Date releases in the past. This release does not explicitly add new features to the product, but it adds or enhances capabilities to several existing features.

For more details, please consult the knowledgebase article, and the notes below.

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The Sophos Firewall revolution continues – Project Copernicus Beta 2 now available

Project Copernicus betaWe started our firewall revolution last month with the launch of the Project Copernicus beta.

Project Copernicus is the codename for our new firewall platform that combines the award-winning SG Series appliance with an all-new operating system based on the best of Sophos and Cyberoam technology.

The feedback during the early stages of the beta has been very positive and helpful in shaping the final product. We’re pleased to announce the availability of Beta 2, which incorporates a number of significant enhancements, updates and fixes based on your feedback.

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Sophos is a Magic Quadrant Leader in Unified Threat Management for the 4th year in a row

GartnerWe’re excited to announce that the new Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management* is out, and Sophos is positioned in the Leaders Quadrant for the fourth year in a row.

We’re now one of only three vendors in the Leaders Quadrant. And we think that says a lot about our standing in the eyes of customers, partners and industry analysts. What are we doing that’s made Sophos a Leader for the past four years?

The Magic Quadrant is based on an assessment of a company’s ability to execute and completeness of vision. We believe our strategy for the mid-market and our channel is working just as we hoped; and we’re delivering on our promise to make security simple with a UTM that is super easy to deploy, manage, and use.

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How more joined-up security thinking could save billions in data breach costs

coordinated-security-150A new study from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has found that data breaches are costing UK businesses £34 billion a year. The report suggests this is made up of £18 billion in lost revenue and £16 billion in added security measures after breaches have occurred.

It’s the same the world over. According to a 2015 Ponemon Institute study commissioned by IBM, the global average cost of a data breach to an organization has reached $3.8 million – on average, $154 for every single compromised record. It’s significantly higher in the US and Germany, where the costs are $217 and $211 per compromised record, respectively. These are quite staggering figures.

Now, it’s not uncommon for companies who sell cybersecurity services like IBM and Sophos to talk big numbers like this. After all, clearly we think it’s good to see businesses are investing in doing something about this problem. But you do have to wonder if those billions are being spent effectively. As leaders in the security industry, we have a crucial role to play to ensure they are. We need to deal with the growing complexity of threats without introducing more complex solutions, and cost.

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How the University of San Carlos secures 2 campuses, 2,500 employees, and 27,000 students

university-san-carlosServing over 27,000 students and 2,500 faculty and employees, the University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu City, Philippines, is the premier university in Cebu and one of the top 10 leading universities in the country.

As USC continued to expand with more users and devices connected to the network, bandwidth consumption became an issue – resulting in decreasing security of its network, as many security features could not be turned on.

With a staff of just nine people, the USC IT team found itself overwhelmed by security incidents, including the hacking of the university’s website from time to time. USC needed a robust yet simple-to-manage and resource-friendly security solution to meet its requirements.

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