Sophos email system now available on its Cloud-Based Management Platform

Security solutions provider Sophos has today announced that Sophos Email is now available on its cloud-based Sophos Central management platform. This means customers and partners can now manage their email protection solution alongside Sophos endpoint, mobile, the web and wireless security products from a unified, simple to use console.

Sophos Email boosts security for cloud-based business email applications from leading providers, including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Exchange 2013 and Google Apps for Work.

A recent survey conducted by Sophos shows that businesses are shifting to cloud-based email for both infrastructure and security services. 38 percent of these businesses are using it as their primary email platform and 43 per cent using a cloud-based service for email security.  The most popular cloud-based service was found to be Office 365. Security is however a major concern for these users. Ransomware, malicious attachments, malicious URLs, viruses, and phishing were considered the top five threats with more than 50 percent of all respondents being very concerned about these. Yet despite this recognition of email-borne threats, more than a quarter of respondents admit that they rarely or never review their email security policy to make sure it remains effective.

“Email is still the delivery mechanism of choice for cybercriminals targeting businesses with all types of threats. We hear that phishing, ransomware, and even spam are regularly getting past the protection built into the popular cloud email services” said Bryan Barney, senior vice president and general manager of the Network Security Group at Sophos. “Channel partners and IT departments need specialized security solutions as they fear email system vendors are unable to keep up with the dynamic threat landscape. Security provided within cloud-based email packages is just not enough for businesses who have a genuine challenge in preventing malicious and suspicious email content from entering their network.”

Sophos Email is a cloud-based secure email gateway that has been purpose-built to boost and simplify email security for businesses. It incorporates the Sophos threat protection engine and additional advanced email-specific protection technologies, such as aggressive context-specific heuristics (CXMail) built and maintained by SophosLabs.  The CXMail family of detection strategies are purposefully designed to stop threats like ransomware that are predominately distributed using email.  The addition of the secure email gateway to Sophos Central integrates technology from Reflexion Networks, which Sophos acquired in June 2015.

Sophos Email is managed from Sophos Central where the dashboard allows partners and managed service providers (MSPs) to control and configure settings, distribute licenses, add new customers and track real-time view into all customer activity. The single pane of glass dashboard shows all Sophos Central services customers subscribe to, making cross and upsell opportunities clearer to help partners drive recurring revenue.

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