A Cyber security firm has launched a new anti-virus technology, Sophos Intercept X, a next-generation endpoint security product that stops zero-day malware, unknown exploit variants and stealth attacks and includes an advanced anti-ransomware feature that can detect previously unknown ransomware within seconds.
The Senior Vice- President of the Enduser Security Group at Sophos, Dan Schiappa, said Sophos Intercept X installs alongside existing endpoint security software from any vendor, immediately boosting endpoint protection by stopping malicious code before it executes.
He said Sophos Intercept X combines four critical security components that IT administrators should expect from next-generation endpoint protection.
“The tech handles 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,” he said.
He added, “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.”
Mr Schiappa said IT professionals know that there is no single equation that stops all attacks, so they 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. Developed as a core component of Sophos’ synchronised security strategy, he said 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.
Tony Palmer, the Senior Lab Analyst at ESG said according to ESG research, many organisations have extensively adopted advanced prevention products, such as next-generation anti-virus and even more are planning to ease their way into advanced detection and response.
He, however, said that many enterprises, unfortunately, simply lack the right level of security analytics skills or staff to perform these tasks effectually, thanks to a global, problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills. “With Intercept X, Sophos looks to provide a fast-track to achieving advanced protection and response capabilities while minimising the need for specialised security consultants to administer it.
He said customers and partners who participated in the public beta programme experienced the next-generation protection capabilities of Sophos Intercept X, including the ability to help to eliminate the impact of ransomware by almost immediately recognising and stopping malicious encryption activity and preventing the attack from spreading across the network. Once the threat is neutralized, affected files can be rolled back to the pre-attack state, saving considerable time, resources and money.
“Installing Sophos Intercept X alongside existing endpoint protection is a no-brainer. Under the beta program we deployed Intercept X to more than 2,000 endpoints spanning more than 70 customer networks.
To date we see that Intercept has stopped more than 18 new ransomware attacks and since deploying we’ve had zero ransomware infections on our clients’ networks,” he said. He concluded that they can’t imagine the mess these attacks could have caused for their clients.