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Sophos’ Project Galileo: Context-aware security for SMBs

Zafar Anjum | Sept. 18, 2014
The security solutions provider boosts its network security performance with SG Series appliances


Gerhard Eschelbeck, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at Sophos

Oxford,UK-headquartered security solutions company Sophos is blazing its own trail in the security market with its four-dimensional, integrated, context aware security strategy, nicknamed Project Galileo, said its Gerhard Eschelbeck, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at Sophos, at a media briefing in Singapore.

According to Eschelbeck, the Galileo strategy delivers coordinated, context-aware security that is simple yet effective because it provides end-to-end, multi-layered security.

Eschelbeck said that Sophos, which has a 30 year pedigree in this area, offers a unified effort to protect users and data-integrating all of the company's technology components, connecting endpoint technology, server protection and network security products through a single, cloud-based security management console under the Galileo strategy.

The Galileo approach has shaped its products that offer Next-Generation Endpoint protection against malware, data loss and advanced persistent threats (APTs). That's why Sophos has been positioned in the Leaders quadrant of Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management (UTM) this year again, said Eschelbeck.

This strategy is reflected in its latest products in the SG series which were launched yesterday in Singapore.

The appliances, running on 4th generation Intel Core processors, deliver up to four times the speed of the previous UTM generation appliances, bringing flexibility and simplicity to security for small and medium businesses (SMBs) and mid-market organizations, he said.

Focus on SMBs

Sophos is focused on the SMB market wherein companies face security risks and yet are not able to find the resources to protect themselves. For example, a Sophos survey conducted by Ponemon Institute, based on 2,000 respondents globally, found two main challenges that SMBs face in maintaining their security posture. These are insufficient budgets (42 percent) and lack of in-house expertise (33 percent). Many SMBs also do not have a clear owner responsible for cybersecurity, the survey results pointed out.

"SMBs in Singapore increasingly ride on technology trends such as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and cloud computing for productivity, while mid-sized organisations struggle with data overload and not knowing what security solutions best fits their needs," said Eschelbeck. "Such technologies introduce new attack vectors and security risks for SMBs and mid-sized organisations, as their security management and awareness remain nascent. The new Sophos SG Series will prove to be a good return-on-investment, as it is not only affordable, makes up for their lack of IT expertise and saves time with easy and flexible deployment."

The Sophos SG Series appliances run the latest Sophos UTM 9.2 operating system, featuring over 150 enhancements including new Advanced Threat Protection and SPX Email Encryption functionality. Version 9.2 can also be deployed on Intel compatible servers as virtual appliances and in the cloud using Amazon Web Services.


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