Sophos has announced the launch of cloud-based architecture with real-time threat protection.

The company said that the addition of Sophos Live Protection technologies to its Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection offering equips businesses with real-time threat protection and automatic configuration changes to security and data protection policy settings. 

It also enables businesses to automatically defend their networks against fast moving threats with three new protection technologies built into Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection 9.5. These are Sophos Live Anti-Virus, Sophos Live URL Filtering and Sophos Runtime Behaviour Detection.

Sophos Live Anti-Virus helps stop previously unseen threats by instantly checking suspicious files against an extensive ‘in-the-cloud' database. Sophos Live URL Filtering helps to prevent real-time access to URLs that have been identified as hosting malware. Sophos Runtime Behaviour Detection creates profiles of file characteristics enabling accurate identification of malware.

Jon Tait, Sophos product specialist, said: “IT teams pay security companies to protect them from bad stuff, but many vendors leave customers to decide what to do with suspicious files. This Sophos release reduces all this noise by addressing this problem head-on: suspicious files trigger an instantaneous look-up to the Sophos online database of good and bad data, and the file is allowed or blocked faster than a blink of an eye.

“Testing at customer sites has been seriously impressive, new malware is being picked up way ahead of the game, spelling out greater protection with less complexity for users.”

In addition to the wide range of platforms already supported, Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection 9.5 extends protection to virtualised environments, supporting Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware's vSphere operating system.