Sophos Email Appliances Set a New Standard in Efficient Security Management

    New Managed Appliances Offer Simplified Approach to Organizations'
Complex Messaging and Policy Requirements Including Prevention of Data Leakage

    BOSTON, November 14 /CNW/ - IT security and control firm Sophos today
announced new versions of its Sophos Email Appliances, ES1000 and ES4000, to
provide intelligent and easy-to-manage security, which blocks malware,
potentially unwanted applications and spam from entering the network via the
email gateway. The new versions of Sophos Email Appliances provide a
comprehensive range of user- and group-specific policy controls for email and
other organizational policy requirements that, once set, can be monitored and
enforced by Sophos's unique managed appliance platform. The new versions also
introduce expanded policy-based functionality to address the heightened
demands surrounding potential loss of sensitive data, enforcement and
compliance with legal and governance requirements, and increasingly more
complex policies surrounding acceptable use of email.

    In response to a growing demand for simpler security solutions, Sophos
Email Appliances uniquely automate the monitoring of all functions of the
appliances, traffic, and other inline systems to ensure email service is
available and operating at peak performance. Administrators can select to
either manage their appliances directly or enable Sophos to monitor and handle
any situations that could arise through comprehensive remote management
capabilities and direct customer contact, if required. Coupled with the
ease-of-installation and performance benefits of a customized hardware
appliance, the advanced monitoring and alerting technology delivers
unprecedented peace of mind for the administrator.

    "As our IT resources are extremely busy, we saw the hardened appliance as
a way to reduce the amount of administration time associated with managing
this environment," said Ron Yeager, manager of technical services for Virginia
Mason Medical Center. "The Sophos Email Appliance is easy-to-manage and
update, very reliable and the performance is excellent. As our industry is
acutely diligent about protecting patient data, Sophos allows us to easily
configure inbound and outbound policies that prevent data leakage."

    "Sophos Email Appliances offer significant value, especially for
organizations that want to ensure their most sensitive data is properly
monitored and secured," said Steve Leslie, senior VP of sales and marketing
for Softchoice. "Our focus is helping organizations to find better ways to
manage their environments by identifying technologies that boost productivity
and minimize risk. With the addition of features like auto-generated
reporting, Sophos is clearly making it easier to deliver on this promise."

    Supported by SophosLabs(TM), Sophos's global network of threat analysis
centers, updates for the Sophos Email Appliances are available every five
minutes to ensure the latest protection is always in place. In addition to
SophosLabs' continuous 24/7 protection, Behavioral Genotype(R) Protection
allows for superior proactive blocking of new and unknown threats.

    Some key benefits of Sophos Email Appliances include:

    --  Wizard-based policy: The ability to easily configure a comprehensive
set of inbound and outbound rules according to an organizations' established
Acceptable Use Policies.

    --  TLS encryption: Prevents eavesdropping and interception of email with
built-in TLS encryption (server-to-server) and is integral to data loss
prevention capabilities.

    --  Data leakage prevention: Administrators can also prevent leakage of
confidential information via email by creating policies to managing keyword
lists, strings and attachment file types.

    --  "Three clicks to anywhere" Web-based management console: The
comprehensive, powerful and effective management console. This dashboard
displays the status of the system, including mail flow, software and threat
updates, and also offers rapid access to other management functions.

    --  Message tracking for the helpdesk: Provides a complete view of
message movement through logs, queues and quarantine quickly and easily, using
a centralized interface and the ability to search against a range of
attributes such as sender, recipient, message ID, and date.

    "IT administrators' most recent complaints about email security have been
administrative burdens and potential loss of confidential data," said Chris
Kraft, vice president of product management for Sophos. "Sophos Email
Appliances were designed to specifically address these problems by
pre-defining comprehensive policies that alleviate the IT administrator from
having to configure and manage these tasks. In the end, our managed appliances
should fulfill its promise of empowering the IT administrator to have more
time for other business-centric issues."

    Sophos's standard support, included with every Sophos license, gives
customers 24-hour support, every day of the year, provided by a globally
managed team. Customers can contact Sophos engineers for one-to-one assistance
at any time.

    For more information about Sophos Email Appliances, please visit:

    About Sophos

    As a global company, Sophos provides solutions that enable enterprises to
secure and control their IT infrastructure. Sophos's network access control
and endpoint solutions simplify security to provide an integrated defense
against malware, spyware, intrusions, unwanted applications and policy abuse.
Sophos complements these solutions with innovative email and web security
products that filter traffic for security threats, spam and policy

    With over 20 years of experience, Sophos's reliably engineered security
solutions and services protect more than 100 million users in over 140
countries. Recognized for its high level of customer satisfaction,
award-winning channel program, and powerful yet easy-to-use solutions, Sophos
has an enviable history of industry awards, reviews and certifications.

    Sophos is headquartered in Boston, MA and Oxford, UK. More information is
available at

For further information:

For further information: Racepoint Group Heather Ailara, 781-487-4650 or Sophos Jennifer Torode, 781-494-5885

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