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Feb
2024
Safeguarding Your Business Data and Devices with Sophos Central Device Encryption

Safeguarding Your Business Data and Devices with Sophos Central Device Encryption

Whether you run an antiques shop, a neighborhood café, or a tax accounting firm, your data is not just the lifeblood of your business. Your data is your business. If your company’s most sensitive information, such as trade secrets, is lost or stolen, the consequences can be dire. Consider that the average data breach worldwide costs $4.35 million, according to IBM¹. You therefore need a solution that safeguards every device and the data stored therein from your business’s most pressing cyberthreats. 

Enter Sophos Central Device Encryption. This secure, convenient platform provides with a powerful defense against malicious activities such as phishing, ransomware, and spyware attacks². In this article, we will highlight the benefits of Sophos Central Device Encryption for your business. 

One key benefit of Sophos Central Device Encryption is its simplicity². Since Sophos does not require you to deploy any servers or configure back-end key servers, you can set up and manage Central Device Encryption quickly and easily². Additionally, you can start securing your company’s devices – including desktops, laptops, smartphones, and tablets – in mere minutes instead of hours². In short, Sophos makes protecting your devices from malware and other threats a breeze. 

Another advantage of Sophos Central Device Encryption for your business is that its comprehensive full disk encryption gives you an added layer of security, especially when working remotely². Chances are you have been forced to work from home at some point during the past three years due to current events, or when inclement weather makes commuting impossible. With 66 percent of U.S. employees working remotely at least part-time, and 26 percent fully remotely³, securing your business’s computers and the data stored therein has become paramount². Fortunately, Sophos provides you with full disk encryption for both Windows and macOS, which you can conveniently manage within the Sophos Central interface alongside your other Sophos security products, like MDR (Managed Detection & Response), Cloud Optix, Intercept X, and the next-gen firewalls we described in a previous article². This demonstrates the power of Sophos Central Device Encryption for your business, whether you are working from home, in the office, or on the road. 

Sure, working from a client’s office in Cleveland, a hotel lobby in Houston, or an airport lounge in Newark like the one pictured below is all fine and dandy, but what if your devices are lost or stolen? For example, suppose you travel to Phoenix for a conference only to realize you left your laptop on the plane upon arrival. This opens doors for hackers to infiltrate it and wreak havoc on your company’s apps, files, and other sensitive information stored therein. Keep in mind, too, that data breaches resulting from lost or stolen devices cost an average of $3.94 million¹. Thankfully, Sophos Central Device Encryption leverages BitLocker and macOS FileVault to keep your devices secure, even if they fall into the wrong hands². In summary, Sophos Central Device Encryption secures your data and devices wherever you are, from Byram to Brasilia, Brussels, and Beijing. 

(Image courtesy of https://upgradedpoints.com/travel/airports/newark-liberty-ewr-airport-lounges/)  

Still another benefit of Sophos Central Device Encryption is that it helps you save money on costly IT (Information Technology) help desk calls². With its integrated self-service portal, Sophos Central Device Encryption lets your users easily regain access to their devices so they can keep working without any assistance from your IT team². Considering that help desk calls cost an average of $15.56⁴, and password resets a staggering $70 each⁵, Sophos Central Device Encryption is well worth the investment for your business. 

Sophos Central Device Encryption also gives your business an added layer of visibility². Because Central Device Encryption is integrated into the Sophos Central console, your admins can see and manage devices across the entire organization². Additionally, you can ensure all your company’s computers are encrypted, or drill down for valuable insights into your disks and encryption methods². In summary, providing administrators with clearer visibility, Sophos Central Device Encryption gives you much-needed peace of mind when you need it most. 

Not to be overlooked, Sophos Central Device Encryption makes sharing your files securely a breeze². With a password-protected HTML wrapper guarding your files, Sophos ensures that only recipients with the correct passwords can access these documents². This shows that Central Disk Encryption helps you share business information confidentially within your company, without it falling into the wrong hands. 

Finally, Sophos Central Device Encryption helps you comply with the relevant regulations surrounding your business². If you are a healthcare provider, for instance, HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) requires you to encrypt your patients’ protected health information (PHI) and electronic PHI (ePHI) when the data is at rest, whether you have it stored on a disk, USB drive, or other storage platform⁶. Fortunately, as shown below, Sophos Central Device Encryption helps make verifying your encryption status – and demonstrating compliance – easier than ever². Additionally, if your laptop is lost or stolen, Sophos’ full-disk encryption can save you from a serious data breach⁷. When you consider that the average healthcare data breach costs $10.10 million, deploying Sophos Central Device Encryption can help you comply with HIPAA or any other regulations relevant to your organization¹. Any way you slice it, Sophos Central Device Encryption is essential for safeguarding your business’s valuable data and devices. 

(Image courtesy of https://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/central-device-encryption)  

Navitend can help you. Call 973.448.0070 or setup an appointment today. 

Sources: 

¹IBM Security. “Cost of a Data Breach Report 2022.” Retrieved from https://www.ibm.com/downloads/cas/3R8N1DZJ.  

²Sophos. “Full Disk Encryption: Sophos Central Device Encryption.” Retrieved from https://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/central-device-encryption.  

³Zippia. “25 Trending Remote Work Statistics [2023]: Facts, Trends, And Projections” by Jack Flynn. Retrieved from https://www.zippia.com/advice/remote-work-statistics/.  

⁴BMC Software, Inc. “Cost Per Ticket: The Ultimate Service Desk Metric” by Chrissy Kidd. Retrieved from https://www.bmc.com/blogs/cost-per-ticket/.  

⁵Ping Identity. “Top Benefits of SSO and Why It’s Important for Your Business” by Emily McKeown. Retrieved from https://www.pingidentity.com/en/resources/blog/post/top-benefits-sso.html.  

⁶Security Boulevard. “HIPAA Encryption: Requirements, Best Practices & Software” by Vince Lau. Retrieved from https://securityboulevard.com/2022/10/hipaa-encryption-requirements-best-practices-software-2/.  

⁷Compliancy Group. “HIPAA Encryption: What You Should Know.” Retrieved from https://compliancy-group.com/hipaa-encryption/.  

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