Sophos has launched its new integrated security solution for small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – coincidental with research showing that most small businesses are failing to adequately protect themselves from malicious attack. 

Sophos Security Suite provides an all-in-one defense against threats on Windows and Mac computers, laptops and servers. The software has been designed specifically for smaller organisations that lack technical expertise to quickly and easily protect their businesses against today’s increasingly complex security risks.
In September 2006, Sophos questioned more than 540 small businesses, and found that a staggering 64% were not updating their anti-virus software in a timely manner to protect against the latest malicious virus and other malware threats.
Sophos Security Suite combines protection against viruses, spyware, adware, spam and unauthorised intrusion and requires no user intervention to keep up-to-date as frequently as every 10 minutes.
It also offers the benefits of a host intrusion prevention system (HIPS). Sophos’s HIPS technology, Behavioral Genotype Protection, examines computer programs before they run and identifies malicious patterns and characteristics to identify and block unknown malware.
“This combination of behavioural analysis and automatic updates ensures SME networks are safe and secure, even in the face of new and unknown threats,” says Brett Myroff, CEO of master Sophos distributor, NetXactics.
The product also includes Sophos Client Firewall, which stops application hijacking and prevents intrusion by hiding desktops and remote computers from hackers, and is supported by Sophos’s technical support, which is available 24-hours a day, 365-days a year.
“Security products for smaller companies are often re-packaged versions of an enterprise offering, and require a high level of technical expertise to install and run,” says Myroff. “Sophos’s small business solutions deliver high, proactive protection with a low management burden.”
Central to the ease of use is the new Sophos Control Center. It provides a threat summary dashboard that gives businesses an at-a-glance view of the security status.
Its ability to centrally remove adware and other potentially unwanted applications, like remote administration tools and rogue diallers, enables non-technical users to quickly tackle any potential security concerns.
Gateway and messaging protection from spam, viruses and spyware is delivered by Sophos PureMessage, which scans all emails and Exchange message stores and protects against new and unknown E-mail-borne threats.