Sophos gets recog­ni­tion for Mo­bile Se­cu­rity

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Sophos has re­ceived the 2015 AV-TEST Best An­droid Se­cu­rity Award for Best Pro­tec­tion. Over a 12 month pe­riod and dur­ing six in­de­pen­dent tests, Sophos Mo­bile Se­cu­rity for An­droid con­sis­tently achieved a per­fect score for mal­ware and threat de­tec­tion.

AV-TEST In­sti­tute is a glob­ally rec­og­nized, in­de­pen­dent IT se­cu­rity re­search firm that bench­marks the ef­fec­tive­ness of se­cu­rity prod­ucts. The cat­e­gory of ‘Pro­tec­tion’ tests a prod­uct’s abil­ity to thwart cur­rent threats, in­clud­ing real-time ma­li­cious code or the lat­est mal­ware from un­safe web­sites and emails. Sophos Mo­bile Se­cu­rity, which is a free app de­vel­oped by Sophos for all An­droid users, demon­strated a con- sis­tent de­tec­tion rate of 100 per­cent in each of the six test rounds dur­ing 2015. In each test, the prod­uct was re­quired to scan, de­tect and re­move nearly 3,000 dan­ger­ous apps.

“With the Sophos app, a mo­bile An­droid sys­tem is raised to the high­est­pos­si­ble se­cu­rity level,” com­mented An­dreas Marx, CEO for AV-TEST GmbH.

The Sophos Mo­bile Se­cu­rity app pro­vides full func­tion­al­ity de­signed to pro­tect An­droid de­vices with­out re­duc­ing per­for­mance or im­pact­ing bat­tery life. Us­ing up-to-theminute in­tel­li­gence from SophosLabs, it scans apps on de­mand or in in­ter­vals set by the user. The an­tivirus func­tion­al­ity helps to avoid un­de­sir­able soft­ware that may lead to data loss and un­ex­pected costs. If the de­vice is lost or stolen, a re­mote lock or wipe will shield per­sonal in­for­ma­tion from pry­ing eyes. The app is free for use by in­di­vid­u­als and busi­ness users and can be man­aged via Sophos Mo­bile Con­trol within a busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.

“We are proud to have con­sis­tently scored 100 per­cent against a rig­or­ous test­ing method­ol­ogy from a re­spected re­search team. Achiev­ing the award for Best Pro­tec­tion is a tes­ta­ment to the skills of our SophosLabs en­gi­neers who work on the front lines of threat de­tec­tion and re­sponse,” com­mented Si­mon Reed, Vice Pres­i­dent of SophosLabs at Sophos. “We con­tinue to see a rise in mal­ware tar­get­ing mo­bile plat­forms, mak­ing un­pro­tected mo­bile de­vices an easy en­try point for mal­ware to en­ter a cor­po­rate net­work.”

Ear­lier this month, Sophos an­nounced the avail­abil­ity of Sophos Mo­bile Con­trol 6.0, a com­pre­hen­sive en­ter­prise mo­bil­ity man­age­ment so­lu­tion. This lat­est ver­sion now in­cludes Sophos Se­cure Email, a con­tainer so­lu­tion that iso­lates and se­cures busi­ness data from per­sonal in­for­ma­tion on de­vices. Sophos Mo­bile Con­trol 6.0 also en­hances data pro­tec­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties and al­lows IT man­agers to over­see de­vices used through­out their or­ga­ni­za­tion through a sim­ple in­ter­face and in­tu­itive work­flows.

Si­mon Reed, Vice Pres­i­dent of SophosLabs

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