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Sophos scoops award for mobile security

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Sophos received the 2015 AV-TEST Best Android Security Award for Best Protection. Over a 12-month period and during six independent tests, Sophos Mobile Security for Android consistently achieved a perfect score for malware and threat detection.
AV-TEST Institute is a globally recognized, independent IT security research firm that benchmarks the effectiveness of security products. The category of ‘Protection’ tests a product’s ability to thwart current threats, including real-time malicious code or the latest malware from unsafe websites and emails. Sophos Mobile Security, which is a free app developed by Sophos for all Android users, demonstrated a consistent detection rate of 100 percent in each of the six test rounds during 2015. In each test, the product was required to scan, detect and remove nearly 3,000 dangerous apps.
“With the Sophos app, a mobile Android system is raised to the highest-possible security level,” says Andreas Marx, CEO for AV-TEST GmbH.
The Sophos Mobile Security app provides full functionality designed to protect Android devices without reducing performance or impacting battery life. Using up-to-the-minute intelligence from SophosLabs, it scans apps on demand or in intervals set by the user. The antivirus functionality helps to avoid undesirable software that may lead to data loss and unexpected costs. If the device is lost or stolen, a remote lock or wipe will shield personal information from prying eyes. The app is free for use by individuals and business users and can be managed via Sophos Mobile Control within a business environment.
“We are proud to have consistently scored 100 percent against a rigorous testing methodology from a respected research team. Achieving the award for Best Protection is a testament to the skills of our SophosLabs engineers who work on the front lines of threat detection and response,” commented Simon Reed, vice president of SophosLabs at Sophos. “We continue to see a rise in malware targeting mobile platforms, making unprotected mobile devices an easy entry point for malware to enter a corporate network.”
Earlier this month, Sophos announced the availability of Sophos Mobile Control 6.0, a comprehensive enterprise mobility management solution. This latest version now includes Sophos Secure Email, a container solution that isolates and secures business data from personal information on devices. Sophos Mobile Control 6.0 also enhances data protection capabilities and allows IT managers to oversee devices used throughout their organization through a simple interface and intuitive workflows.