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Sophos Makes Web Surfing Secure With Launch of WS1000

New Appliance Provides Industry's Best Protection Against Web-borne Threats

BURLINGTON, Mass., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Sophos, a world leader in integrated threat management solutions, today launched the WS1000, the industry's first all-in-one web control platform designed to provide trusted content security, application control and URL filtering in a single appliance solution. The WS1000 appliance ensures a secure web browsing experience as it protects against all forms of threats as well as productivity inhibitors with no negative effect on user experience.

Malware writers consistently seek the easiest entry point into the network. Today, that point is the web. The emergence of Web 2.0 has amplified the level of exposure by redefining how individuals interact with the internet. In addition to accessing unregulated sites, increasingly web- savvy users are downloading applications and streaming audio/video. Current business defenses inadequately protect against the new set of threats posed by this user behavior.

"Faced with superior defenses at other points on the network, sophisticated hackers have turned to the web as a new way to penetrate an enterprise," said Per Andersen, Group VP of IDC. "Our research shows that 30 percent of companies with 500 or more employees have been infected as a result of internet surfing, indicating a tremendous need for a solution that protects end-users from the growing number of web-based threats."

Organizations require a complete platform-based solution from a trusted vendor that addresses all security needs including web-specific content security, application control and URL filtering.

The WS1000 answers those needs by defending against the three categories of threats -- known, emerging and unknown -- regardless of their type (spyware, viruses, Trojans, worms, adware, phishing attacks, etc.). Sophos's WS1000 protection is powered by intelligence gathered from scanning billions of unique web pages, identifying more than 5,000 new malware-hosting URLs daily.

Additionally, Sophos's application control allows administrators to quickly decide what is permitted in the network thereby mitigating threat entry and managing bandwidth.

Sophos's technical expertise strengthens the WS1000's critical value to any organization. Notable benefits include:

-- Only vendor to have visibility into billions of internet web pages, discovering more than 5,000 new malware-hosting sites a day. The WS1000 is automatically updated against these new and emerging threats every five minutes -- Fastest scanning speed as only a single pass identifies all threats -- Analysis of new malware identifies websites that are being used to host additional malicious code, and blocks access -- "Three-clicks-to-anywhere" interface ensures easy management of the appliance

"The deployment of WS1000 was among the easiest I've seen, and I was particularly impressed with the intuitive management console, which allowed me to quickly navigate and view web traffic statistics, usage and performance reports," said Wally Eisenhart, Network Administrator at Sungard Pentamation. "In our tests, the WS1000 prevented malware flawlessly without sacrificing on performance. Since end-users are reliant on using the web on a daily basis, it is essential that they are able to do so both quickly and safely."

"Sophos continues to head the list of 'industry firsts' with the WS1000 as it's the first, complete web security control platform," said Steve Munford, CEO, Sophos. "Malicious attackers are moving at a greater speed than ever before -- some changing their web-hosted malware every 15 minutes to try and avoid detection. Our ability to track billions of web pages for malicious code means that organizations can deploy the best, most comprehensives defense against all threats."

Sophos also announced today that it has partnered with SurfControl to incorporate into the WS1000 appliance SurfControl's market-leading URL classification engine, which has categorized over 3 billion web pages. The partnership will bring the benefits of the world's leading combination of URL filtering and malware protection into one solution.

Pricing and Availability

The WS1000 is currently available. List prices range from less than 5400 USD for 500 users per year to less than 8000 USD for 1000 users per year. For more information, visit http://www.sophos.com/products/es/web/ws1000/.

About Sophos

Sophos is a world leader in integrated threat management solutions, protecting against known and unknown malware, spyware, intrusions, unwanted applications, spam and policy abuse for business, education and government. Sophos's reliably engineered, easy-to-operate products protect more than 35 million users in more than 150 countries. Through 20 years' experience and a global network of threat analysis centers, the company responds rapidly to emerging threats -- no matter how complex -- and achieves the highest levels of customer satisfaction in the industry. Sophos is a global company co- headquartered in Burlington, Mass., and Oxford, UK. For more information on Sophos, visit http://www.sophos.com/.

For More Information Contact: Lisa Coulouris Jennifer Torode Racepoint Group Sophos, Inc. (781) 487-4612 (781) 494-5885 [email protected]@sophos.com


CONTACT: Lisa Coulouris of Racepoint Group, +1-781-487-4612, or
[email protected], or Jennifer Torode of Sophos, Inc.,
+1-781-494-5885, or [email protected]

Web site: http://www.sophos.com/

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