Sophos Helps Organizations Block Unauthorized Remote Connection Tools



    Sophos Blocks Security Policy Bypassing by Employees

    BOSTON, September 25 /CNW/ - Sophos, a world leader in IT security and
control, announced today that the application control feature of Sophos
Endpoint Security and Control has been extended to give businesses the option
to block remote connection tools, such as RealVNC and Radmin, that enable
employees to access remote-based PCs or laptops from any other computer via
the Internet.

    Remote connection tools represent a loophole in many businesses' computer
usage policies. Enabling office-based staff to remotely access home computers
while at work allows them to visit any website - including those that are
banned by the company. Similarly, connecting to work PCs from remote locations
raises security concerns for IT departments, which cannot verify whether it is
an employee who has connected to the network or if a hacker has taken over the
machine and is trying to access confidential corporate data.

    These tools also present a security risk in that they allow the easy
transfer of data or files between corporate and non-corporate computers and
provide a backdoor for hackers to gain access to company resources. In a
recent Sophos poll, 80 percent of systems administrators indicated that they
considered remote connection tools a threat to corporate security(*). With some
users installing pirated software or games on home PCs, administrators need to
avoid unwanted applications finding their way onto the business network.

    "While remote connection tools can certainly make life easier for those
employees who need to work from the office, from home and while on the road,
their use can be a security nightmare for systems administrators," said John
Stringer, product manager at Sophos. "If home PCs aren't properly protected,
they can help malware and hackers break into the corporate network. We're also
seeing more and more firms banning productivity-sapping sites like Facebook
and eBay, but the use of these tools means that staff can easily
circumnavigate corporate rules. With Sophos's latest application control
features, employees are no longer in the driver's seat, and systems
administrators can recapture control of the corporate network."

    Sophos's application control functionality has proven very popular since
its launch in September 2006 and is regularly updated in order to meet
concerns resulting from uncontrolled and unauthorized use of applications in
the enterprise. It is fully integrated into Sophos Endpoint Security and
Control, requiring no further rollout of new software. It now gives companies
the power to selectively block remote connection tools, games, VoIP,
peer-to-peer (P2P), Instant Messaging (IM) and distributed computing
applications. It is available free-of-charge to all customers.

    To see a full list of remote connection tools now blocked by Sophos,
please visit:
www.sophos.com/security/analyses/index_st_controlled_application.html

    To read more about Application Control:
www.sophos.com/security/topic/application-control.html

    (*)Sophos web poll of 200 systems administrators carried out in August 2007

    About Sophos

    Sophos is a world leader in IT security and control. Sophos offers
complete protection and control to business, education and government
organizations - defending against known and unknown malware, spyware,
intrusions, unwanted applications, spam, policy abuse and uncontrolled network
access (NAC). Sophos's reliably engineered, easy-to-operate products protect
more than 100 million users in more than 150 countries and are procured
exclusively through channel partners. Through over 20 years' experience and a
global network of threat analysis centers, the company responds rapidly to
emerging threats and achieves the highest levels of customer satisfaction in
the industry. Sophos is a global company with headquarters in Boston, MA, and
Oxford, UK. For more information on Sophos, visit www.sophos.com and for the
latest breaking security updates please visit the SophosLabs blog,
http://www.sophos.com/security/blog.




For further information:

For further information: Racepoint Group Heather Ailara, 781-487-4650
hailara@racepointgroup.com or Sophos Jennifer Torode, 781-494-5885
jennifer.torode@sophos.com

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