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Sophos boosts network server protection with Cryptoguard



Global leader in network and endpoint security, Sophos, has introduced into the ICT market its next-generation anti-ransomware CryptoGuard technology that is available with its server protection products.

According to the firm, the optimisation enables its server protection products to have signature-less detection capabilities that combat ransomware – similar to Sophos Intercept X for endpoints launched in September 2016.

The Chief Information Officer, Pine Cove Consulting, a Sophos Channel Partner based in Bozeman, Montana, Dan Russell, said Sophos is closing a critical gap by preventing ransomware attacks that could come in through rogue, guest or remote access users or other weaknesses in a company’s network.

According to him, if a company allows bring-your-own-laptop on the network, remote access for employees or is victimised by an insider cyber threat, servers become highly susceptible to ransomware.

Additionally, he said network shares on servers are high-value targets as they contain proprietary financials, personally identifiable information and other key data, and should be protected as such.

“Servers are considered the jackpot for cybercriminals, since they can store confidential corporate and employee information, medical records with social security numbers or private customer documents. It would be devastating for organisations to lose this kind of sensitive data to ransomware,” said Dan Schiappa, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sophos’ Enduser and Network Security Groups. “Most organisations back-up their data, but recovery from a backup is not always easy.

“Businesses, schools or hospitals do not want the liability, hassle and operational disruption required to restore from a backup. Anti-ransomware technology is a critical layer for the protection and ongoing accessibility of the information that resides on servers.

“Sophos has optimised its Server Protection products with CryptoGuard, adding another layer of next-gen protection to block this pervasive and highly-damaging cyber threat.”

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