Sophos antivirus upgrade

On Tuesday 27 March,  ITS completed an overhaul of the Sophos infrastructure to bring us up to the latest protection they have to offer.

The primary reason was to begin deployment of the new version 10 of Sophos for Windows, which adds a level of network protection not possible with version 9. This is in order to protect against emerging threats as we have been advised by Sophos.

Sophos 10 for Windows will be deployed gradually over the coming month with no user action required. The most obvious change that you will see is the icon on the task bar will change from

 

 

To

 

 

Summary of changes:

  • Protection is offered at the network driver level rather than only in common web browsers.
  • Sophos can now assess if a PC is missing any Microsoft/Adobe/Java/Apple etc. patches.
  • Servers running Sophos now operate with a “long term support” version (fewer reboots for upgrades).
  • Faster updates with better resource usage (assuming Windows Vista or later).

 

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