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October 13, 2009

Sophos launches new version of Endpoint Security and Data Protection

Adds data loss prevention capabilities

By CBR Staff Writer

Sophos said that it has fully integrated data loss prevention (DLP) capabilities into the new release of Endpoint Security and Data Protection, version 9, to provide businesses the visibility and control over sensitive data without requiring the deployment of any additional agents or any additional licensing costs.

The company said that the Endpoint Security and Data Protection 9 includes data protection functionality that consists of full-disk encryption, device control, application control, and DLP all managed from a single dashboard.

In addition to integrated data loss prevention, Endpoint Security and Data Protection 9 includes a new reporting wizard, which enables administrators to create and customise reports that can be scheduled and emailed to selected recipients; and new device control capabilities that can block/ allow removable storage including USB sticks, music players, external hard disks, CD/DVD drives and wireless connection technologies.

Other features included in the new version are an application control feature, which has an ability to whitelist/blacklist applications that can impact network and user productivity such as VoIP, IM, P2P; simplified cross platform security; and enhancements to centralised management.

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According to Sophos, the DLP is managed by eliminating the need for an additional endpoint agent; simplifying and automating data control policy creation and management; and by focusing on empowering IT teams to involve their end users in managing the appropriate use of sensitive data..

Rainer Gawlick, chief marketing officer at Sophos, said: “At its core, the data loss problem is one largely of human error or irresponsibility. Some of this is due to lack of knowledge, some is due to end-user resistance to, and circumvention of, overly restrictive IT policies. Our approach to DLP acknowledges end-user needs and preferences and guides them in safe data-handling practices.”

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