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Sophos launched new Application Control features that allow system admins to selectively block unauthorized VOIP, P2P, IM applications

BOSTON -- Sophos, the world leader in protecting businesses against viruses, spyware and spam, today announced the launch of new Application Control features that allow system administrators to selectively block unauthorized VoIP, peer-to-peer (P2P) and Instant Messaging (IM) applications that can present risks to company data and networks.

The new capabilities integrate seamlessly into Sophos Anti-Virus, version 6, providing users with a universal desktop client that addresses a diverse range of security and productivity challenges. Sophos’s latest offering comes in response to security and efficiency concerns resulting from the uncontrolled adoption of VoIP, P2P and IM in the enterprise.

A survey conducted earlier this month by Sophos reflects the serious concern that uncontrolled applications are causing system administrators. For example, 86.1 percent of respondents said they want the opportunity to block VoIP applications, with 62.8 percent indicating it is essential (1).

“Our guests and their experience are our highest priority and they expect system availability and information security. Therefore, a centrally managed, integrated solution which protects our systems from malware is of the utmost importance,” said Cris Williams, Manager of Infrastructure Technologies at Hilton Hotels Corporation. “Introducing application control to that solution would further improve our threat management stance by limiting exposure to our networks.”

"Clearly enterprises want to stop employees from running unauthorized programs that eat up bandwidth, violate security policies or result in data leakage. This is a problem that wants to be solved, and Sophos has a simple solution," said Steve Munford, CEO of Sophos. "Sophos gives companies the tools to combat a growing problem without having to roll out new software or learn how to use a new management console. Our goal is to provide enterprises with a single management console and universal client for both security and general desktop management."

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