Sophos pitches new solution for ‘intercepting’ known and unknown malware

By Teri Dimanlig

Network security firm Sophos has announced the availability in the local market of the latest version of Intercept X, which is equipped with advanced deep learning neural networks for malware detection.

Julius Suarez, Sophos manager for engineering, introduces the latest version of Intercept X to members of the media at the Sophos office in Makati City on January 31

The product boasts one of the lowest false-positive rates and highest true-positive detection rates in the next-generation endpoint security market.

With less than 20MB in size and requiring infrequent updates, Intercept X makes it possible to detect both known and unknown malware as well as potentially unwanted applications without the use of signatures.

Malware threats nowadays have become increasingly complex and harder to detect. Around 400, 000 unseen malware samples are encountered daily in Sophos alone with three-fourths of those being single-use. With these advanced threats, majority of today’s AV software have begun to struggle.

“With the latest version of Intercept X released, we are quite confident that we have the best endpoint protection because we are one of the few in the world addressing the latest in cyber threats. We protect against unknown threats using predictive security, a feature of deep learning,” said Julius Suarez, Sophos manager for engineering, during a press event at the Sophos office in Makati City on January 31.

Also in the newest version are enhanced features for anti-ransomware, exploit prevention, application lockdown, and active adversary mitigations including credential theft, code cave protection, and APC protection.

According to a recent study conducted by Sophos, 54% of organizations have, at some time, been hit by ransomware with another 31% expecting to be hit.

Seventy-seven percent of these organizations which have been hit by ransomware were, at that time, running up-to-date endpoint security. Annually, the cost of these attacks has amounted to $ 133,000 as reported by 51% of businesses.

The healthcare sector has received the bulk of these cyber-attacks globally owing to its weak IT infrastructure, with76% hit in 2017. Meanwhile, financial institutions have been the least attacked.

In Southeast Asia, the Philippines is one of the most susceptible to cyber-attacks.

According to Suarez, Intercept X is not meant to replace existing antivirus software but seeks to augment it, serving as the last line of defense from these infections.

With deep learning integrated, Intercept X becomes smarter, more scalable and higher performing than other security measures available in the market, he said.

The updated version of Intercept X is available for free trial at the Sophos website.

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