Sophos launches unified cloud strategy

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Gerhard Eschelbeck, Sophos’ CTO
Security vendor Sophos has announced the availability of Sophos Cloud a new integrated platform to deliver cloud-managed security solutions for SMBs. Sophos also announced the first module available for the platform, for Windows Endpoint solutions, as well as a roadmap for upcoming releases. Sophos Cloud has been available in a limited beta since July.
“We have had cloud products before, in areas like mobile device management, as well as cloud infrastructure that is used by all our endpoint protection solutions, but our cloud technologies were really more about solving particular problems,” said Gerhard Eschelbeck, Sophos’ CTO. “Sophos Cloud is a security management platform delivered in the cloud, which unifies various security products that have been standalone, taking these existing products and allowing them to be managed with this security management platform.”
Eschelbeck said that the fact that their products all have on-premise management platforms is a burden.
“Sophos Cloud takes away this burden and helps them deliver more integrated security,” he said. “It unifies all our products within the cloud and provides management through a single pane of glass for everything through the cloud.”
Eschelbeck also stressed that Sophos Cloud creates a user-centric policy model.
“It puts the user in the centre and bases the policy around the user so you can create a policy around them, and enforce the policy no matter what device they are using,” he said. “That’s a big shift in the industry and we want to lead that change from a device-centric policy model to a user-centric one.”
In addition to the platform and Windows Endpoint cloud solution which are available now, Eschelbeck indicated the near availability of other offerings.

Sophos launches unified cloud strategy

By Mark Cox on October, 29 2013

Gerhard Eschelbeck, Sophos’ CTO

 

 

 

Security vendor Sophos has announced the availability of Sophos Cloud a new integrated platform to deliver cloud-managed security solutions for SMBs. Sophos also announced the first module available for the platform, for Windows Endpoint solutions, as well as a roadmap for upcoming releases. Sophos Cloud has been available in a limited beta since July.

 

“We have had cloud products before, in areas like mobile device management, as well as cloud infrastructure that is used by all our endpoint protection solutions, but our cloud technologies were really more about solving particular problems,” said Gerhard Eschelbeck, Sophos’ CTO. “Sophos Cloud is a security management platform delivered in the cloud, which unifies various security products that have been standalone, taking these existing products and allowing them to be managed with this security management platform.”

 

Eschelbeck said that the fact that their products all have on-premise management platforms is a burden.

 

“Sophos Cloud takes away this burden and helps them deliver more integrated security,” he said. “It unifies all our products within the cloud and provides management through a single pane of glass for everything through the cloud.”

 

Eschelbeck also stressed that Sophos Cloud creates a user-centric policy model.

 

“It puts the user in the centre and bases the policy around the user so you can create a policy around them, and enforce the policy no matter what device they are using,” he said. “That’s a big shift in the industry and we want to lead that change from a device-centric policy model to a user-centric one.”

 

In addition to the platform and Windows Endpoint cloud solution which are available now, Eschelbeck indicated the near availability of other offerings.

 

“The Endpoint for Macs will be available by the end of the year, and for Mobile Devices at the  beginning of next year,” he said.

Eschelbeck noted that the new cloud offerings will provide customers with more choice.
“We won’t be forcing anyone using on-prem software to move to the cloud, but we have had requests from a large number of our customers to offer this,” he said. “I would not be surprised if within the first two years, a quarter or 30% of our customers move from software to the cloud. The cloud is here to stay.”
Eschelbeck said that Sophos, which has a 100% channel go-to-market strategy, has been getting its partners fully up to speed on the new platform.
“We have been training them since the beta came out,” he said.
Sophos Cloud is available now. Pricing in both the U.S. and Canada is $25 per user for an annual subscription for 50-100 users.  Volume discounts are also available.
Gerhard Eschelbeck, Sophos’ CTO

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