Pros / Sophos provides dependable, secure email appliances, virtual appliances and data-protection suites. It offers products that are compatible with Microsoft Exchange, Lotus and UNIX environments. Encrypted messages are delivered directly to email inboxes, so recipients do not have to log in or use a web portal.

Cons / Single users have to utilize the Sophos Data Suite, which also includes security elements. The suite is a powerful all-in-one solution, but it may be more than what some small operations desire.

 Verdict / For those looking for an appliance solution that also includes the ability to manage data-loss policies and thwart spam emails, Sophos' email security solutions are ideal.

Sophos is a U.K. security software company that provides excellent business products. For email security, it offers appliance solutions (physical and virtual) as well as data-security software. All offerings include email encryption as well as spam protection and data loss prevention (DLP) filters. The software solution is a full data suite that also protects endpoints (including iPhones, iPads, Android, BlackBerry and Windows mobile phones). Sophos also provides a product called PureMessage for Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino and UNIX.

Sophos reports that its email appliance keeps out 99 percent of spam email as well as active threats such as phishing emails and malware. It can be configured to enforce DLP policies, and emails are encrypted using Sophos' SPX email encryption. This is one of the best email encryption solutions by far in terms of end user (recipient) experience. Sophos sends secure emails directly to recipients' inboxes. They do not have to create an account, download a client or log in to a portal to receive their secure email messages. The virtual appliance provides everything it does without the need to maintain hardware.

Since Sophos provides encryption via an appliance, you do not have to worry about user error or someone forgetting to encrypt sensitive data. Once the compliance officer configures the policies, emails can automatically be encrypted before they leave your secure network. The management console has what Sophos calls a 3-clicks-to-anywhere console, which means that everything the admin needs to manage should only be three clicks away from the main dashboard. Many tasks can also be automated to greatly relieve the burden on your IT team. Should any issues arise, Sophos provides 24/7/365 support.

The Sophos EndUser Data Suite is an all-in-one solution that includes email protection as well as data protection, mobile phone security, disk encryption and internet security. It is a good option if you are looking for endpoint protection as well as email encryption. Endpoint protection includes web filtering, patch assessment, and application, device and data control. It also includes full-disk and file encryption. You can also use it to encrypt files you save to a USB drive to protect your information in case the drive is lost or stolen.

Summary

Sophos provides capable security products that you can depend on to protect your data. In addition, Sophos provides the simplest recipient experience. The last thing anyone wants to do is trouble their customers and associates with an annoying download process to receive their secure email messages. Secure messages go directly to recipients' inboxes, hassle free.