Sophos has announced the launch of a unified threat management (UTM) appliance and software package exclusively for small businesses.

Sophos UTM 100 Basic Guard offers a combination of network, email, web and wireless protection for small businesses. According to the company, it includes many of the capabilities typically reserved for enterprise solutions, such as web application control, network firewall and intrusion prevention, and remote access and VPN.

Chris Kraft, vice president of product management at Sophos, said: “Today's small businesses want a reliable set of core capabilities with full flexibility to expand features as their needs and budgets grow. Complete security shouldn't be out of reach for small businesses.

“We believe they shouldn't have to compromise between security and budgets, which is why we developed the UTM 100 with enterprise features and the ability to upgrade.”