Sophos launches next-gen anti-exploit and anti-ransomware technology

Sophos Intercept X is designed to stop zero-day malware, unknown exploit variants and stealth attacks

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Sophos launches next-gen anti-exploit and anti-ransomware technology Dan Schiappa: "Using big data analytics along with our deep understanding of threat patterns, attack vectors and criminal motivations, we designed Intercept X from the ground up to recognise malicious behaviours and stop potential attacks."
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  September 18, 2016

Sophos has announced Sophos Intercept X, a next-generation endpoint security product that aims to stop zero-day malware, unknown exploit variants and stealth attacks, including advanced anti-ransomware.

Sophos Intercept X can sit alongside existing endpoint security software from any vendor, which boosts the endpoint protection by stopping malicious code before it executes.

Dan Schiappa, senior vice president of the Enduser Security Group at Sophos, said: "Sophos is a next-generation security company that has stayed at the forefront of the industry by understanding the threat landscape, changing business needs and customer challenges. Using big data analytics along with our deep understanding of threat patterns, attack vectors and criminal motivations, we designed Intercept X from the ground up to recognise malicious behaviours and stop potential attacks much sooner in the kill-chain, without the need for updates or signatures.

"IT professionals know that there is no single equation that stops all attacks, so we developed Intercept X to combine several techniques for faster identification and response that are coordinated to better support IT professionals without the need for specialised security staff."

Sophos Intercept X combines four critical security components that IT administrators should expect from next-generation endpoint protection. This includes "Signatureless Threat and Exploit Detection", an anti-malware and anti-hacker defence that blocks zero-day, unknown and memory resident attacks and threats without the need for file scanning. "CryptoGuard", an anti-ransomware solution that identifies and blocks malicious encryption activity, "Root Cause Analytics" which is a 360 degree visual analysis of an attack and "Sophos Clean" which removes any trace of spyware.  

Sophos Intercept X is enabled with the Security Heartbeat to share threat intelligence with Sophos' next generation XG Firewall and SafeGuard Encryption solutions for a coordinated and automated response to attack. The product can be installed and managed remotely through the Sophos Central cloud-based management console that allows administrators to control and configure settings, distribute licenses, add new endpoints and track all activity.

Bob Appleby of PA Computer Connections, a US-based Sophos Partner, commented: "Installing Sophos Intercept X alongside existing endpoint protection is simple and effective. Having tested the product during the beta program we have found that it blocks threats faster and provides comprehensive and straight forward analysis of an attack, accelerating the time from first infection to remediation. This product significantly advances protection for customers with any flavour of endpoint protection currently in place." 

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