It’s the underlying philosophy that has catapulted Sophos to the forefront of the industry. Using big data analytics, the global security leader gains a deep a deep understanding of the threat landscape, recognizing malicious patterns, attack vectors and criminal motivations.
Admittedly, there is no single equation that can stop all malicious attacks and Sophos designs cyber responses that can prevent potential attacks much sooner in the kill chain.
Intercept X is the latest innovation to come out of Sophos’ synchronized security strategy. It’s a next generation endpoint security product that combines four essential security components on the wish list in endpoint protection of most IT administrators, as follows:
Signatureless Threat and Exploit Detection: Anti-malware and anti-hacker defense that blocks zero-day, unknown and memory resident attacks and threat variants without the need for file scanning;
CryptoGuard: Anti-ransomware innovation that identifies and intercepts malicious encryption activity, blocks ransomware before it can lock and cripple systems. And can roll back maliciously encrypted files to their pre-attack state;
Root Cause Analytics: A 360 degree visual analysis of attack events that shows where the attack came in, what it affected, where it may have stopped and recommended actions to prevent a similar attack in the future; and
Sophos Clean: Powerful utility that hunts for and removes any trace of spyware and deeply embedded, lingering malware.
Intercept X is unique. With signatureless threat and exploit detection, Sophos’ innovative anti-ransomware solution and Root Cause Analysis in one product, Sophos again simplifies what has previously been a complex and difficult process.
In a beta program deploying Intercept X to more than 2,000 endpoints spanning more than 70 customer networks, it stopped more than 18 new ransomware attacks. Since deployment, zero ransomware infections on the networks were reported.
“We designed Intercept X from the ground up to recognize malicious behaviors and stop potential attacks much sooner, without the need for updates or signatures,” said Dan Schiappa, senior vice president of the Enduser Protection group at Sophos.
“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 specialized security staff,” he added.
According to market intelligence firm ESG Research, many organizations have extensively adopted advanced prevention products, such as next-gen antivirus and even more are planning to ease their way into sophisticated detection and response. Unfortunately, these enterprises simply lack the right level of security analytics skills or staff to perform the required tasks effectively, due in part to the global shortage of cybersecurity skills.
With Intercept X, Sophos looks to provide a fast-track to achieving advanced protection and response capabilities while minimizing the need for specialized security consultants to administer it.
Intercept X 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. Furthermore, the single pane of glass dashboard designed for Sophos partners shows all Sophos Central services available to provide higher levels of customer protection while offering partners additional recurring revenue opportunities.