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Sophos upgrades security software

Network adware and virus killer

Sophos has incorporated several new features in a security software package that allows network administrators to manage security for thousands of computers from a single console.

Sophos Endpoint Security can detect, remove and block adware and applications that may have been downloaded by users but are not permitted on a network, said John Shaw, group product manager at Sophos.

The product is aimed at enterprises, as Sophos does not make a consumer product. Its customers requested adware and unwanted application removal functions wrapped in one product, Shaw said.

It also includes a client firewall that stops worms and controls unauthorised application communication, Shaw said. The firewall technology comes from Agnitum, a security company in St Petersburg.

Threats

Endpoint Security includes Antivirus 6.0, an upgraded version of its antivirus software. Antivirus 6.0 receives regular virus signature updates for desktops, laptops and servers. Sophos says its antivirus technology called Genotype protects against new threats by comparing them against known ones.

Antivirus 6.0 is compatible with 64bit versions of Microsoft's Windows 2000, XP and 2003 OSs (operating systems).

Endpoint Security also integrates with Cisco's Network Admission Control technology, which stops computers without proper security updates from connecting to a network, Shaw said.

The central management console has a cleanup function that administrators can use to alter the Registry of a computer without physically visiting the machine.

Pricing is per user per year, with discounts for more users for multiyear terms. For fewer than 200 users, the price is £25.92 per user with the firewall or £21.60 without.

For more information on network security, our sister site Techworld has a comprehensive network security resource page.


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