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Sophos Cyber Threat Report: A Proactive Approach To Stop Lateral Movement Attacks

Discover why Sophos Intercept X Advanced with Endpoint Detection and Response is the proactive approach partners need to take to keep their customers safe.

By the time most IT managers notice a cyber-attack is happening, the damage is already done. Once cybercriminals breach a system, they can move laterally within networks to steal admin credentials, disable backups and more, according to the SophosLabs 2019 Threat Report.

One example of this is the SamSam ransomware campaign, which has earned hackers nearly $6 million, according to Sophos Research. Frank Slattery, vice president of operations for TeamLogic IT of Northeast Massachusetts, knows falling for one of these schemes would leave his customers devastated.

“They could close their doors if they’re not taking the right steps to protect themselves,” says Slattery. “That’s just unfortunately the reality of the situation now.”

Partners can better protect their customers’ businesses by taking a proactive approach to security. This means having the right set of products that report malicious activity in a moment’s notice. “I need to be able to rely on the tools to make those deductions for me and then to inform me and my staff, in as close to real-time as possible, that there’s something that we need to look into,” says Slattery.

One tool that assists solution providers is Sophos Intercept X Advanced with Endpoint Detection and Response. It helps by proactively finding threats, investigates how they got in and blocks future threats. This, combined with Sophos XG Firewall, allows partners to have multiple points of view into a customer’s environment – stopping lateral movement attacks. “When you put them together, you really have a great platform to better protect all of your customers,” says John Shier, senior security advisor at Sophos. “It’s important for our partners because they’re able to sell and manage a complete security solution.”

Sophos also helps solution providers prioritize threats by incorporating deep learning into its products, creating tremendous value-add when taking technology to market. “As a result, it gives them an opportunity to actually drive higher margins, because they’re using unique next-generation capabilities from Sophos,” says Daniel Schiappa, chief product officer at Sophos.

Partners can manage the entire Sophos portfolio through Sophos Central. This cloud-based platform provides visibility into a customer’s security from a single pane of glass, which saves time and keeps solution providers one step ahead of the enemy.

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