Sophos reveals ambitious Project Galileo tracking systems

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IT teams are going to have less work should Sophos' newest system be used for protecting a company's data.

“It's about various [IT security] products talking to each other to enhance overall security and deal with various threats,” explains Gerhard Eschelbeck referring to Project Galileo.

Eschelbeck is chief technology officer and senior vice president at Sophos, a 30-year-old information security provider based in London, the UK.

With operations in six continents and barely 1,500 staff, Sophos ranks among the few genuine cybersecurity firms whose roots go back to a time before anti-virus products weren't as much of a big deal as today.

Eschelbeck was in the country to unveil Project Galileo and Sophos' new unified threat management products during the Philippine leg of the Sophos Asean Roadshow, which includes Singapore and Malaysia.

Rather than announce another acquisition of a fledgling start-up or an updated threat detection software, Sophos is flexing its R&D muscle with Project Galileo. Funded in-house and a contender for a new industry standard, Galileo – named after the Renaissance astrologer—streamlines a company's data protection arsenal, from firewalls to file scanners.

“This will be a game changer in the IT security industry,” Eschelbeck, who is Austrian, announced at a press conference that marked his first trip to the Philippines.

Project Galileo allows users to monitor traffic on either the office network or their personal device. They can keep tab on what is happening, what is going out, and what happens over time. This is known as the 4-dimensional approach to IT security.

According to Eschelbeck, this new revolutionary approach to IT security can help small and medium business enterprises (SMEs) achieve optimum data protection minus the budget strain of hiring a full-time IT staff and the burden of upgrading software or equipment.

"For the end-users, it's about visibility, and knowing their environment. We have a new reporting capability that allows customers to create customized reports for and about their environment for better security," he added.

Also, Eschelbeck believes enterprise security software and hardware should be comprehensive, simple and effective. This is in line with Sophos' long-term strategy to get SME clients rather than large multinationals.

In the Philippines, where between 97 and 99% of businesses are SMEs and IT investments are still becoming the norm, Sophos has rich pickings.

Eschelbeck believes that aside from the product, Sophos' customers will value their new-found scalability and comprehensiveness.

Since most of their hardware and services are changeable, the Sophos CTO said this is a good way to achieve excellent, up-to-date security for SMEs.


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