Sophos makes unified threat management complete by adding endpoint security

Sophos announced the availability of Sophos UTM 9, the first UTM specifically designed to integrate gateway security and endpoint security in a single hardware or virtual box. Organisations and IT teams no longer have to spend considerable time and resources on configuring multiple point solutions to protect their entire IT infrastructures. Sophos UTM 9 provides complete security protection, regardless of location; it combines the company’s award-winning endpoint protection and unified threat management solutions into a single management console.

“When I first identified the UTM market, my vision was it would eventually encompass everything that a company would need to protect against threats,” said Charles Kolodgy, research vice president, IDC. “Endpoint security management was neglected and/or relegated to separate products. Recognising that mobile devices severely complicate endpoint management, Sophos is incorporating policy management for all endpoint devices, regardless of type and network, into their UTM solutions.”

As the complexities of securing all networks have grown, so have the struggles for businesses to get the best out of the many point security solutions they have purchased. UTMs have been an increasingly popular way to address this problem, but until now, they haven’t been complete. By adding the ability to deploy and manage endpoint security, Sophos finally makes it easier for IT teams to get all the protection they need.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker, in the first quarter of 2012 (1Q12), the UTM market represented 28.5 percent of security appliance revenues due to 12.2 percent year-over-year growth. This trajectory presents tremendous opportunities for VARs that partner with vendors offering these kinds of solutions.

“Our customers are looking for solutions that can simplify their IT management. With the new Sophos UTM solution, time-strapped IT managers can keep their organisation’s endpoints, network and data safe from threats, wherever their people work, whatever devices they use – in a matter of minutes,” said Todd O’Bert, president, Productive Corporation. “Sophos is able to provide an integrated level of protection unmatched in the industry, which is a tremendous value proposition for any solution provider or reseller.”

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