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Small Business IT Security : Sophos Intercept-X

Sophos Intercept-X is an advanced endpoint protection solution that uses artificial intelligence to detect both known and unknown threats. Sophos Intercept-X uses next-gen techniques, alongside more traditional methods to protect computer systems. The use these advanced signature-less technologies has meant Sophos is consistently ranked as one of the industry’s top-rated malware detection, exploit and endpoint protection solution.

Why is this particularly relevant to a small business? 43% of all data breaches impact SMBs (small-medium businesses), so they are not immune to cybersecurity threats. Subscribing to an advanced endpoint protection solution helps ensure data and systems are safeguarded against modern threats and malware.

Deep Learning Technology

Artificial intelligence built into the Sophos product is able to detect both known and unknown threats, based on behaviours and a variety of other parameters that would indicate malware. Signature-less protection ensures your systems can be protected against known and emerging/zero-day threats. The enhanced protection means that Sophos Intercept-X is able to detect and block malware that may slip past competing products.

Exploit Prevention

A common attack vector for a virus or malware infection is for hackers to exploit vulnerabilities in unpatched application software or out of date operating systems. Exploit prevention built into Sophos Intercept-X is able to recognise exploit tools and techniques, therefore providing an additional layer of defence. This angle of attack is why businesses are encouraged to move away from dated operating systems such as Windows XP and Windows 7.

Ransomware Protection

Cryptolocker and other ransomware can cause havoc for business owners, particularly small businesses. The behavioural analysis system built into Sophos called CryptoGuard silently observes process and application behaviour that are attempting to modify or hijack your data and documents for ill intent. Cryptoguard will stop this activity and revert your data back to its original form.

Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)

Sophos Root-Cause Analysis
Root cause analysis allows you to pinpoint the source of infection or malware.

EDR is a valuable feature of the Sophos security suite that enables you to investigate threats further, understand their origin and respond in a confident manner. While detecting and preventing a malware attack is one thing, understanding how it infected the organisation is another – this is where EDR helps.

Layered Defence

MTG recommend that you employ a layered defence model when considering IT security in your business. Our ITaaS customers benefit from several different security components; Fortinet Firewalls with UTM, Cisco Umbrella Secure-Internet Gateway, Sophos Endpoint Protection and Intercept-X, File Audit and User Lock – and regular security check-ups. It is also important to focus on user education and staff training; the human element is particularly vulnerable to phishing and other attacks that are difficult to prevent with just technical measures.

How much does it cost?

We provide Endpoint Security for a monthly subscription, as part of our ITaaS offering. You pay a fixed fee per month, per staff member, which includes Office 365, Sophos Endpoint, Cisco Umbrella and other software that enhances security and increases productivity. The subscription-based model provides predictable costs that scale with your business.

Small Business IT Security

MTG employs Sophos certified engineers and architects who can select and implement a full security fabric for your organisation.

If your business would like to learn more about Sophos Intercept-X, our managed IT solutions, or if you are interested in a review of your IT or security setup – please speak to our solutions team. You can speak to our team by calling +44 1624 777837, e-mail sales@mtg.im or select ‘Request a Quote’ from our website.

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Joe Hughes is the CEO of Manx Technology Group. Joe has a background in software development, information security, networks, datacentres and enterprise IT.

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