Sophos has introduced an endpoint security package, which follows the trend of integrating anti-virus, firewall and anti-spyware into one package, but aims it squarely at enterprise customers.

Sophos Endpoint Security allows network administrators to manage security for thousands of computers from a single console, and on each client it will detect, remove and block adware and applications that may have been downloaded by users but are not permitted on a network, said John Shaw, Sophos group product manager.

The product is aimed at enterprises, as Sophos does not make a consumer product. Its customers requested adware and unwanted application removal functions wrapped in one product, Shaw said.

It also includes a client firewall that stops worms and controls unauthorised application communication, Shaw said. The firewall technology comes from Agnitum, a security company in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Endpoint Security includes Antivirus 6.0, an upgraded version of Sohpos' antivirus software. Antivirus 6.0 receives regular virus signature updates for desktops, laptops and servers. The product protects against new threats by comparing them against known ones.

Antivirus 6.0 is compatible with 64-bit versions of Microsoft's Windows 2000, XP and 2003 operating systems.

Endpoint Security also integrates with Cisco's Network Admission Control technology, which stops computers without proper security updates from connecting to a network, Shaw said.

The central management console has a cleanup function that administrators can use to alter the registry of a computer, without physically visiting the machine.

Pricing is per user per year, with discounts for more users for multiyear terms. For fewer than 200 users, the price is £25.92 per user with the firewall, or £21.60 without.