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Sophos Upgrades Web Security Appliance

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Security solutions provider Sophos has released a free upgrade to its WS1000 Web security appliance. It includes expanded protection against a variety of data security threats and new enforcement and reporting improvements.

The WS1000 is a Web filtering and malware blocking appliance targeted largely toward schools and other public sector institutions. The new upgrade adds multi-layer protection against anonymizing proxies and HTTPS scanning. It also includes enhanced end-user enforcement and reporting functionality (including content categories, sites visited, and time spent online), with URL filtering, content filtering, and malware scanning.

Other new features include:

  • A proxy "reputation" service, which tracks new proxies as they become available and adds them to the block list;
  • Real-time scanning to detect whether traffic is being routed through an anonymizing proxy; and
  • Enforcement of "safe search" mode in the major search engines.

The upgrade to the WS1000 Web security appliance is available now for free. Further information can be found here.

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