Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection v9

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Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection v9

Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection is a software solution designed to protect endpoints from various host- and network-based threats, as well as data leakage and disclosure. The solution is comprised of a backend server console, which is installed on Microsoft Windows using Microsoft SQL Server, and client-protection agents can be deployed to any number of hosts, which are running Windows, Mac, Linux and Unix.

Installation took only a few minutes. The administrative portion of the product is a locally installed program, which typically resides on a Windows backend server.

Although a remotely accessible web-based console would have been nice, the solution makes up for this absence with its capabilities. Sophos has taken all the typical endpoint protection mechanisms and added onto it by including some data leakage and data protection capabilities. All of the administrative features needed by most companies are included (minus the web-based interface), such as reports, notifications and others. The administrative user interface isn't the most polished looking piece of software, but it's fairly easy to navigate.  

Deploying endpoint agents to client hosts is also an easy task, and the support for various client operating systems is impressive. Sophos has rolled several key protection areas into modular categories within its solution: Anti-malware, client firewall, HIPS, application control, removable media protection, NAC, data leakage protection and encryption are all part of the suite. Overall it's a very impressive list of protection technologies.

All of the features are governed by centralised policy management and easily distributed to client agents. We were especially impressed with the inclusion of granular data leakage protection monitoring using content control lists. The solution will help control how data is used when it spots pre-defined strings, such as Social Security numbers, credit cards and more

The help file included on the management console is very detailed and contains all of the information needed to successfully manage the solution. Standard support is included with the purchase and comes with 24/7/365 telephone and email support. This includes access to the Sophos support site as well. Additional enhanced support services are available. Priced at US$64.25 for 100 user, we choose this product as our recommended pick.

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