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Sophos Adds Invincea Machine Learning Capabilities to SophosLabs Network

Sophos, a British company that provides endpoint, mobile and network security software, has integrated Invincea machine learning antivirus technology into its SophosLabs global cybersecurity research and analysis network.

With the Invincea integration, SophosLabs now provides a daily picture of malware and spam activity that is updated in real-time, Sophos said in a prepared statement. The integration also powers a SophosLabs embedded Twitter stream that enables security researchers to share cyberattack insights.

In addition, the SophosLabs website now includes:

  • "AI Challenge" game that enables visitors to test their cybersecurity skills against an AI machine.
  • Cybersecurity content that details how data science and deep learning work as part of SophosLabs.
  • Cybersecurity reports, white papers and other research.
  • Sophos Community Forum where visitors can share questions, answers, advice and comments about the latest cyber threats.
  • SophosLabs-specific articles from Naked Security and Sophos News.

Sophos in February acquired Invincea for a cash consideration of $100 million with a $20 million earn-out, according to a prepared statement. At that time, Sophos CEO Kris Hagerman said Invincea enabled his company to strengthen its next-generation endpoint protection software and capitalize on the rising demand for machine learning-based threat detection solutions.

Invincea provides X by Invincea, a machine learning-based antivirus solution that allows organizations to detect and address unknown and known malware, the company stated. X by Invincea combines machine learning and behavioral monitoring, the company noted, to help organizations eliminate endpoint security blind spots.

Sophos Expands Public Cloud Training for Channel Partners

Sophos in September expanded its partner program to offer training, certification and financial incentives to help channel partners support customers using or migrating to the public cloud. The expanded program now enables Sophos partners to become cloud security providers, the company said, and offer bring-your-own-license (BYOL) or pay-as-you-go (PAYG) purchasing and deployment options to their customers.

Also, Sophos in September launched Sophos Server Protection for Microsoft Azure. Sophos Server Protection can be used in conjunction with Sophos XG Firewall on Azure, the company stated, to coordinate cyber defenses against threats attacking multiple vectors.

Sophos has offered antivirus and encryption products for more than 30 years. Today, the company provides cybersecurity products that help secure the networks used by 100 million people in 150 countries.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.