Sophos has launched a new version of its security suite small business edition.
Version 4.0 now contains Sophos SafeGuard encryption and integrated application and device control, to help smaller businesses protect their confidential data. It also includes protection for both Windows and Mac systems, including the latest versions (Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard).
The company claimed that the application and device control capabilities are built into the anti-virus client, simplifying deployment and management. Depending on productivity or security concerns, the application control functionality allows the IT manager to black- or whitelist the installation and use of a whole host of applications, such as VoIP, instant messaging, P2P, browsers, games and virtualisation applications.
In the case of device control, the administrator also has the option of blocking or allowing end-users from using removable storage devices, optical media, modems and wireless interfaces.
Artur Kocharyan, product manager for small business solutions at Sophos, said: “Small businesses can be devastated by an infection or data breach, and the concern is that many are ignoring the risks rather than dealing with them head on.
“We have listened to our customers, and have not only introduced new technologies to mitigate against data loss, but we've also radically simplified the installation and the management.”