Sophos mobile security for Android achieves best protection award from AV-TEST Institute

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Sophos, a global leader in network and endpoint security, has received the 2015 AV-TEST Best Android Security Award for Best Protection. Over a 12 month period and during six independent tests, Sophos Mobile Security for Android consistently achieved a perfect score for malware and threat detection. 

AV-TEST Institute is a globally recognised, independent IT security research firm that benchmarks the effectiveness of security products. The category of ‘Protection’ tests a product’s ability to thwart current threats, including real-time malicious code or the latest malware from unsafe websites and emails. Sophos Mobile Security, which is a free app developed by Sophos for all Android users, demonstrated a consistent detection rate of 100% in each of the six test rounds during 2015. In each test, the product was required to scan, detect and remove nearly 3,000 dangerous apps. 

“With the Sophos app, a mobile Android system is raised to the highest-possible security level,” commented AV-TEST GmbH CEO Andreas Marx.

The Sophos Mobile Security app provides full functionality designed to protect Android devices without reducing performance or impacting battery life. Using up-to-the-minute intelligence from SophosLabs, it scans apps on demand or in intervals set by the user. The antivirus functionality helps to avoid undesirable software that may lead to data loss and unexpected costs. If the device is lost or stolen, a remote lock or wipe will shield personal information from prying eyes. The app is free for use by individuals and business users and can be managed via Sophos Mobile Control within a business environment.

“We are proud to have consistently scored 100% against a rigorous testing methodology from a respected research team. Achieving the award for Best Protection is a testament to the skills of our SophosLabs engineers who work on the front lines of threat detection and response,” commented Simon Reed, vice president of SophosLabs at Sophos. “We continue to see a rise in malware targeting mobile platforms, making unprotected mobile devices an easy entry point for malware to enter a corporate network.”

In February Sophos announced the availability of Sophos Mobile Control 6.0, a comprehensive enterprise mobility management solution. This latest version now includes Sophos Secure Email, a container solution that isolates and secures business data from personal information on devices. Sophos Mobile Control 6.0 also enhances data protection capabilities and allows IT managers to oversee devices used throughout their organisation through a simple interface and intuitive workflows. Further information about Sophos Mobile Control is available at 

Sophos Mobile Security along with the full range of free tools from Sophos is available at

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’ complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’ award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs – a global network of threat intelligence centres. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘SOPH’. More information is available at