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Why Sophos Security? | Pine Cove's Top 5 Reasons

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Pine Cove Consulting has been a Sophos partner for 15 years because we understand the threat of cyber attacks and know that Sophos has the solutions. Together, Pine Cove Consulting and Sophos protect users across the northwest United States from approximately 80,000 cyber attacks a day. In fact, Pine Cove Consulting won Sophos' award for "National Partner of the Year" in 2016. Sophos Partner of the Year AwardSo, you're wondering why Sophos Security? Why is cyber security important? What types of cyber security are there? Let us give you a few reasons to consider Sophos for all your cyber security needs.

Reason 1: The Threat is Growing

Let's start with a few numbers to mull over:

- More than 70% of cyber attacks target small businesses

- 60% of all small businesses go out of business within 6 months of a cyber attack

 The average cost of a cyber attack on a small business is over $36,000

Don't wait for an attack to happen to you. You can protect yourself now and prevent the damage that harms so many small businesses.

Reason 2: Sophos makes Security Simple

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Sophos' slogan reads "Security made simple." Simplicity is a key feature for each Sophos security user. Sophos provides their users with a central platform that can be used to manage all of your Sophos products from one cloud-based console.

Reason 3: Sophos offers Robust Protection from Threats

While Sophos does provide simplicity in its use, its protection is robust and reliable. You may be familiar with the recent WannaCry ransomware attack or the Google email phishing attack. The world was in panic as precious data was encrypted or stolen by these hackers. Meanwhile, users of Sophos Security were protected and all their data was kept secure. Hackers are becoming more and more sophisticated with their attacks and Sophos is prepared for it all. 

Reason 4: They Protect Everything

Sophos security protects you from your firewall to your server and everything in between. Hackers are constantly finding new ways to attack your organization and what a joy it is to not have to worry about staying up to date on all things security and instead put your trust in the cyber crime fighters at Sophos to do it for you. 

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Reason 5: Peace of Mind

As a decision maker for your organization, you've got a lot of things on your mind. Your cyber security doesn't have to be one of them. If you've been in business for a while you probably know someone who has experienced a cyber attack or maybe you've experienced one for yourself. Cyber attacks can destroy any business or organization.  Sophos security gives you peace of mind knowing that your assets are protected from the growing threat of cyber attacks. 

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WannaCry Ransomware Attack sends Businesses into Frenzy

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What happened?

"The story of the WannaCry ransomware attack began sometime between 2013 and 2016, when the NSA’s exploit tools were stolen. In August 2016, Shadow Brokers revealed itself, and six months later announced the auctioning of NSA tools it had acquired.

Learning that the exploits targeted Windows SMB, Microsoft released a patch in March. When the outbreak hit two months later, it was clear that organizations and individuals had either neglected to apply the patch or were using outdated versions of Windows."screen-shot-2017-06-06-at-6-00-35-pm.png

"The investigation revealed a three-stage attack, starting with remote code execution and the malware gaining advanced user privileges. From there, the payload was unpacked and executed. Once computers were hijacked, it encrypted documents and displayed ransom notes."screen-shot-2017-06-06-at-6-02-13-pm.png

Lessons Learned from WannaCry:

"James Lyne, Sophos head of security research, offered this advice yesterday at InfoSec:

  • Don’t get distracted by the “big, sexy talks” like government-sponsored attacks and nation-state cybercrime. They are interesting topics to be sure, but …
  • Stay grounded in the opportunistic attacks that target businesses every day, like ransomware and the recent WannaCry outbreak.
  • Focus on the security basics — the simple things like using endpoint security, staying on top of patching and using strong passwords.

That advice could have saved organizations from a lot of pain last month. Paying attention now could help them prepare a much stronger defense against attacks to come."

What can Pine Cove do to protect your business moving forward?

Pine Cove Consulting provides organizations with premier cyber-crime fighting protection through Sophos. Clients who work with Pine Cove to protect their organizations had no issues with this massive ransomware attack. In fact, we help our clients fend off thousands of ransomware attacks every single day. Many companies across the nation are now setting aside money to pay off hackers as part of their budget. We recommend that your organization instead invest in security which can prevent the loss of capital and precious personal data from the beginning. If this is a solution you would like to explore more we would recommend attending our webinar this month on Synchronized Security through Sophos or contacting us online.

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Sophos Intercept X Protects against Malware

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"Sophos has made what was a very difficult, if not impossible, task of stopping ransomware very simple and effective with Intercept X.  We have stopped hundreds of ransomware and exploit attacks already, throughout our customer base, with Intercept X." -Dan Russell, Chief Information Officer, Pine Cove Consulting

Stop ransomware with new Sophos Intercept X

Ransomware cost organizations over $1 billion in 2016 alone. Sophos Intercept X gives you the best anti-ransomware protection on the market. It automatically stops ransomware attacks as soon as they’re detected and rolls back damaged files to known and safe states.

A new era of endpoint protection

Sophos Intercept X ushers in a new era of endpoint protection for modern threats. It features signatureless anti-exploit, anti-ransomware, and anti-hacker technology, plus beautiful visual rootcause analysis and advanced malware cleanup. 

Stop zero-day threats before they stop you

Sophos Intercept X gives you unrivaled protection against advanced zero-day threats – with minimal impact on performance. This next-gen endpoint solution features signatureless anti-exploit, anti-ransomware, and anti-hacker technology, plus visual root-cause analysis and advanced malware cleanup.

Take your endpoint protection to a whole new level

Sophos Intercept X gives you unrivaled protection against advanced zero-day threats. No other solution on the market offers so many features in a single package: signatureless anti-exploit, anti-ransomware, and anti-hacker technology; beautiful visual root-cause analysis; and advanced malware cleanup. Sophos Intercept X works alongside endpoint solutions from all leading vendors to extend and enhance your protection.

The easy way to stop complex IT threats

New Sophos Intercept X gives you unrivalled protection from today’s complex, sophisticated attacks. This next-gen endpoint solution lets you stop ransomware, block zero-day threats, remove all lingering traces of malware from your system, and understand attacks with root-cause analysis. It runs alongside endpoint solutions from Sophos and other vendors to provide a powerful additional layer of security.

Save time and money with Sophos Intercept X and Root Cause Analysis

Get to the bottom of complicated attacks fast with the Root Cause Analysis feature found in Sophos Intercept X. See how attacks got in, what they’ve infected, and anything else they’ve touched so you can be sure to thoroughly neutralize them – all with an easy to use, easy to understand interface.

Webinar: Stop the Phish; Protecting your Weakest Link

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Topics: Cyber Security