Latest version of Sophos Cloud manages Windows, Mac and mobile devices
By Digital News Asia May 7, 2014
- Features user-based management, reporting and licensing; built-in web security
- 78% of IT managers surveyed support or plan to support Macs on their networks
SOPHOS has announced the latest version of Sophos Cloud, its cloud-based solution for small- and mid-sized organisations seeking a simpler approach to IT security.
The new version is the only cloud-managed security service to manage Windows, Mac and mobile devices from a single console, the company said in a statement.
It features user-based management, reporting and licensing; built-in web security to prevent user access to malicious and infected websites, and new policy-based Web Control features to enforce safe and productive web usage.
Sophos Cloud is effortless to deploy and easy to use and manage for IT managers and channel partners, given its simple, intuitive user experience, the company said.
A recent Sophos survey of IT managers highlighted the growing challenge of device diversity across their organisations, with a need to support Windows PCs, Macs and mobile devices: 78% support or plan to support Macs on their corporate networks, and 41% see the number of Macs increasing in their corporate environments.
A recent IDC study of small and medium businesses (SMBs) showed that 75% still have not adopted mobile device management (MDM); with this new release, Sophos said it has made it simpler than ever for those customers to get control of their mobile devices to secure their future.
“IDC predicts that the continuing SMB productivity push will drive cloud and mobility adoption, in a big way; in the United States, one-third of small businesses and almost three-quarters of mid-sized firms are using the cloud, and the share will continue to grow,” said Raymond Boggs, research vice president at IDC.
“Sophos Cloud can help manage security across Windows, Mac, and mobile devices, which is especially important given the diversity – some might say chaos – of an SMB environment,” he added.
Organisations need an integrated security strategy to support users’ demands to choose their own device (BYOD), while providing IT managers real-time visibility and access to information to keep organisations safe from advanced threats.
Sophos Cloud delivers a simple and effective approach for IT organisations to confidently embrace BYOD and to support and protect the wide range of user devices in their environments, the company said.
“We’re pleased to deliver this new release of Sophos Cloud as it’s another positive step in our strategy to use the cloud to create new, innovative solutions to the ever-increasing security challenges faced by small and mid-market businesses today,” said Bill Lucchini, vice president and general manager of Sophos Cloud.
“Sophos Cloud is a differentiated offering that enables IT professionals to simplify security management without compromising users’ demands for usability and performance,” he added.
For more information or for a 30-day trial, visit: www.sophos.com/cloud.
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