Sophos has launched a unified threat management (UTM) solution, designed to integrate gateway and endpoint security in a single hardware or virtual box. 

Utilising technology acquired from Astaro a year ago, Sophos said that UTM 9 provides complete security protection regardless of location and combines endpoint protection and unified threat management solutions in a single management console.

Among its features are wireless hotspot support, integration of the Sophos anti-virus engine and LiveConnect cloud service to protect users and manage endpoints regardless of location or device and a HTML5 VPN portal for access through applications such as VNC, remote desktop and SSH.

John Shaw, vice president of product management at Sophos, said: “UTM 9 marks a milestone not only for Sophos, but for organisations worldwide. In the year since we acquired Astaro, we've been able to bring to market an integrated industry-first solution that's game-changing for Sophos partners and easy-to-use for customers.”