Firm Unveils Next Generation Security Software


Chinazor Megbolu

A global player in network and endpoint security, Sophos Intercept X has announced a next-generation endpoint security product that stops zero-day malware, unknown exploit variants and stealth attack.

The company, during the launch in Lagos recently, also said the package includes an advanced anti-ransomware feature that could detect previously unknown ransomware within seconds. Sophos Intercept X installs alongside existing endpoint security software from any vendor immediately boosting endpoint protection by stopping malicious code before it executes.

The Senior Vice President, Sophos Intercept X, Mr. Dan Schiappa noted that the company combines four critical security components that information technology (IT) administrators should expect from next-generation endpoint protection.

He hinted that it has a signature less threat and exploit detection anti-malware and anti-hacker defense that blocks zero-day, unknown and memory resident attacks and threat variants without the need for file scanning.

Schiappa further explained that anti-ransomware innovation that identifies and intercepts malicious encryption activity, blocks ransomware before it could lock and cripple systems and could roll back maliciously encrypted files to their pre-attack state.
“The degree visual analysis of attack events that shows where the attack came in, what it affected, where it may have stopped and recommended actions to prevent a similar attack in the future, “he said.

He, however, said that Sophos Clean powerful utility hunts for and removes any trace of spyware and deeply embedded, lingering malware.

“Sophos is a next-generation security company that has stayed at the forefront of the industry by understanding the threat landscape, changing business needs and customer challenges. Using big data analytics along with our deep understanding of threat patterns, attack vectors and criminal motivations, we designed Intercept X from the ground up to recognise malicious behaviors and stop potential attacks much sooner in the kill-chain, without the need for updates or signatures,” he said.

Schiappa also pointed out that IT professionals know that there is no single equation to all attacks, hence developing Intercept X to combine several techniques for faster identification and response that are coordinated to better support IT professionals without the need for specialised security staff.

“Developed as a core component of Sophos’ synchronised security, Sophos Intercept X is enabled with the security heartbeat to share threat intelligence with Sophos’ next generationXG firewall and Safeguard,” he said.

He added that encryption solutions for a coordinated and automated response to attack can be installed and managed remotely through the Sophos Central cloud-based management console that allows administrators to control and configure settings, distribute licenses, add new endpoints and track all activity.

“The single pane of glass dashboard designed for Sophos partners shows all Sophos central services available to provide higher levels of customer protection while offering partners additional recurring revenue opportunities,” Schiappa added.