Sophos: Security Threats, Government Regulations Drive Encryption Demand

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Sophos, the network and endpoint security provider, is calling on partners to take the adoption of encryption to a new level.

The U.K.-based company on Tuesday announced its SafeGuard Encryption 8 solution, designed to protect against security leaks, malware and other cyberattacks.

Sophos' Dan SchiappaSophos said a perk of its new offering is that it is “always-on” as it follows files and works across Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. The encryption responds automatically to threats and can revoke encryption keys if there’s an active infection. Sophos claims it is the first vendor to give default proactive encryption across all four platforms.

“Sophos SafeGuard 8 is always on by default, follows data wherever it goes regardless of platform, and helps companies follow and verify government or industry privacy requirements,” said Kendra Krause, Sophos’ vice president of global channels.

The company is pushing to make encryption more popular than ever before. One Sophos survey found that only 29 percent of IT managers always encrypt smartphones.

“Full disk encryption alone only protects data in the event of the theft or loss of a laptop or mobile device. But data travels everywhere; it’s vulnerable and extremely difficult to protect consistently when shared and opened from multiple devices and cloud-based collaboration applications,” said Dan Schiappa, senior vice president and general manager of Enduser Security Group at Sophos.{ad}

Security threats aren’t the only driver. Some companies will need encryption to meet government requirements. An upcoming European Union regulation will penalize companies for data breaches if they’re responsible for the loss of any EU citizen data.

“Data privacy legislation is being introduced all over the world, and organizations of every size should review their data protection measures before they face increased consequences,” Schiappa said. “Every company that conducts business in countries that have data privacy laws must comply with those local regulations.”

Krause said partners have historically considered encryption difficult to sell until now.

“The complexity for IT and users has been a barrier to widespread adoption in the midmarket and below. With Sophos … channel partners can now directly address their customer needs, especially those who follow strict data privacy compliance and regulations,” she said.

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