Sophos XG Firewall to meet today’s network security requirements

Sophos XG Firewall to meet today’s network security requirements

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XG Firewall is optimized for today’s business, delivering all the protection and insights you need in a single, powerful appliance that’s easy to manage.Sophos Firewall

Most firewall products make you set up and manage policies across multiple modules or screens. Not Sophos. Sophos provide a powerful unified policy model that allows you to manage, view, filter, and sort all your user, application and network policies on a single screen.

You get all the next-gen firewall features you need plus features you can’t get anywhere else – including revolutionary Security Heartbeat, full web application firewall, and complete email anti-spam, encryption and DLP. No extra hardware. No extra cost. Simply choose what you want to deploy. With hundreds of built-in reports you’ll know exactly what’s happening with your users and your network. You get detailed reports as standard, stored locally with no separate tools required. And the unique User Threat Quotient reports show you which of your users are putting your security at risk .

The appliances are built using Intel multicore technology, solid-state drives, and accelerated in memory content scanning. In addition Sophos FastPath packet optimization technology ensures you’ll always get maximum throughput. Sophos Firewall Manager provides a single console for the complete central management of multiple XG Firewalls. And if you also want to consolidate reporting across multiple XG, SG, and Cyberoam appliances then with Sophos iView, An industry first, Synchronized Security links your endpoints and your firewall to enable unique insights and coordination. Security Heartbeat relays Endpoint health status and enables your firewall to immediately identify and respond to a compromised system on your network.

The firewall can isolate systems until they can be investigated and cleaned up. Another Synchronized Security feature, Dynamic App Identification, also enables the firewall to query the endpoint to determine the source of unknown traffic on the network.

Pricing on this product is very reasonable and there are multiple levels of support. There is a basic level of support at no cost during the first 90 days to cover the deployment period. After that there are two additional levels of fee-based support. The website has a good assistance portal that includes such things as a knowledge base and an FAQ. There also are forums along with some self-help guides.

Finally

Based upon the award-winning Sophos SG Series, XG Series firewalls come pre-loaded with the Sophos Firewall OS to provide optimal performance to meet today’s network security requirements. This product is a UTM that bills itself as a next-generation firewall. This was one that rather took us aback because we don’t tend to think of UTMs as firewalls. However, the argument is that a UTM really has a lot of traditional firewall functionality. So, if we add the next-generation functionality, the characterization makes sense. The functionality in this UTM includes, among other things, firewall, IPS, application security, wireless gateway and advanced threat protection.

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