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Eye on network security advances: Sophos in Malaysia

AvantiKumar | Nov. 10, 2014
Sophos network security evangelist Chris McCormack talks about some of the company's newest security advances including Sophos iView.

Chris McCormack - Sophos in Malaysia 

Photo- Chris McCormack, Senior Products Manager, Network Security, Sophos


UK headquartered security firm Sophos's new virtual reporting appliance - Sophos iView - should help augment the insufficient reporting frustrations noted by a recent Spiceworks survey of SMB IT managers, it said.

Speaking to Computerworld Malaysia, Sophos senior network security products manager Chris McCormack said the company is implementing an aggressive expansion strategy in Asia with the recent announcements of new entry and enterprise-class additions to its range of SG Series firewall/unified threat management [UTM] appliances. Cyberoam, a Sophos company, has already announced the 'next-generation reporting' appliance iView for Malaysian enterprises in September of this year.

McCormack said the company now offered a complete integrated range of security solutions from cloud to mobile endpoint driven by context-aware security under the umbrella term of Galileo Project.

"In the Spiceworks study for Sophos, small and medium business [SMB] IT managers' top complaint with 35 percent of respondents was about reporting frustrations," he said. "iView has been released to offer visibility and insights into the network and is integrated with firewalls whereas competitors do not shift firewall products with integrated drives."

"Reporting is a vital piece of the firewall and we ship with a hard drive in it but there are limits to on-the-box reporting," said McCormack, adding that competing solutions do not offer easy on-the-box reporting or an upgrade path to better reporting and meeting compliance requirements.

"Sophos iView offers more than 1,000 built-in reports, including regulatory compliance reports," he said. "This new appliance", which is complementary to our on-box reporting, and will give IT managers the extra depth they need and allows reporting across different UTMs."

 The network security vision

McCormack said that as dedicated reporting appliance, Sophos iView can offload reporting duties and provide added capabilities such as:

  • Compliance reporting for industry standard regulations such as HIPAA, PCI, SOX, and GLBA
  • Consolidated reporting across multiple UTM firewalls for a complete view of all network traffic from a single console
  • Long-term persistent log management and storage for security and backup with convenient access for audits or forensics
  • Licensing that is based on storage requirements, with the entry level vSI-Light including 100GB of storage and the vSI-Unlimited

"Users can also build their own custom reports and dashboards, focusing on problem areas or users on their network," he said, adding that the solution was available as a virtual appliance only and supports VMware, Hyper-V, Citrix, and KVM virtual environments.

McCormack said the Sophos team in Asia was already engaged with potential customers across sectors in Asia, including financial organisations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea and Vietnam. "One of the great things about iView is that we are developing it to bring in data across different parts of the network. Currently, it is a standalone appliance."

"Our managed security partners [MSPs] are increasing the provision of security services to customers and will be using iView especially in Europe and the U.S.," he said.

He said Sophos has more announcements in the coming months underpinned by continued integration under a new umbrella term using famous philosopher names (to replace Galileo)  of the company's security solutions gained from recent acquisitions such as UTM specialist Cyberoam.

One of these announcements will include UTM updates (9.3) with new features around Web, email and Web application firewall, said McCormack. "The underlying vision is to give customers - enterprise as well as SMBs - more value by giving more protection for money, and making the complex scenario of security simpler, and faster or companies as well as driving business value," said McCormack.


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