Sophos Adds Next Gen Sandboxing to Email Security Appliance

Sophos has announced a further update to its email security appliance to provide even greater protection against malware threats. The Sophos Email Appliance now includes the firm’s next generation sandboxing technology – Sophos Sandstorm. The sandboxing technology speeds up the detection of sophisticated cyber threats, improving detection rates and ensuring these threats are blocked and prevented from reaching end users’ inboxes.

Sophos Sandstorm has been developed to provide greater protection against zero-day malware and advanced persistent threats that often make it past signature-based solutions. Many of the emerging threats have been developed to be much stealthier, often incorporating delays to prevent malware from being installed immediately. These ‘low and slow’ attacks, which incorporate polymorphic and stealth technologies, help cybercriminals stay under the radar and bypass traditional security controls.

Additionally, new malware variants are being developed at a much faster pace, with many threats detected on systems unique to that organization. Sophos Sandstorm has been developed specifically to tackle these new threats and block them before they are delivered.

Sophos Sandstorm can detect these threats across multiple device types and is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Android. The sandbox works with physical and virtual hosts, webmail, and can scan more than 20 different file attachments for malware.

“Sophos Sandstorm automatically isolates files to determine if they’re safe, providing an instant additional layer of detection and protection. Advanced technologies are often too expensive and require additional security expertise to implement and monitor them,” said Bryan Barney, senior vice president and general manager, Sophos Network Security Group. “Sophos is changing this by providing all businesses access to advanced protection that’s affordable and simple to deploy.”

Sophos Sandstorm is available as an option on the Sophos Email Appliance 4.0 and also been made available for the Sophos Web Appliance and the Sophos UTM 9.4 firewall.

Author: Richard Anderson

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