Over the past few months, a recurring theme here has been the need for more small businesses to smarten up their act when it comes to deploying security techologies. Because, even if you think you’re too small to be the focus of an attack, the truth is that just isn’t true.
There is a dizzing array of options, which doesn’t make the situation any easier, and believe me I am actively pitched by many of the vendors selling those products. So, I usually request that they come up with a small business using their technology to serve as a testimonial.
So, in that spirit, this update relates to a discussion I had with a customer of Sophos, which makes a series of productsion for endpoint security, encryption and mobile device management — including the Sophos Unified Threat Management (UTM) product (acquired when Sophos bought Astaro).
As the name suggests, unified security products combine all of the different security defenses that a company might consider using, including network firewall, virtual private network infrastructure, endpoint protection, email scanning and content filtering.
Why would anyone choose that approach? That was the main focus of my chat with Terrill Gilley, Worship Missions Pastor for the NorthRidge Church Christian Academy in Tampa, Fla., which has been using the Sophos product since before Astaro was bought. For perspective,
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