Another 'cloud' security product for small business arrives

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Another 'cloud' security product for small business arrives

If it's time to protect your computers at work, this could be another option.

We noticed this new cloud security product for small business called Sophos Cloud. It's interesting because cloud security is being put forward by a few companies as a supposedly easier way to handle security if you've got a small office of computers, but no IT department.

Cloud-based security isn’t new. Trend Micro also offered their new service recently.

Many companies have been offering online malware scanning and device management but Sophos is claiming their new service "leap-frogs" all the others.

Sophos Cloud isn't purely a security product like the software you can buy from your local IT store. It also integrates device management so you can set policies on computers and mobile devices so that your business data is protected.

A policy is a rule that's set on the computer that enforces a particular business rule or blocks an action that might cause the business a loss. Most computing platforms have their own systems for installing and managing policies.

Given that plenty of people are bringing tablets and their own laptops to work, the ability to support and protect different device types is important - that's something Sophos Cloud can do as it protect Macs as well as Windows.

Device management for Sophos Cloud is handled through a web browser connected to their service. Installation to end-users is done by sending them a link which guides them through the installation process for their device.

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