Sophos XG Firewall innovations – Policy management

XG FirewallWe’re calling the Sophos XG Firewall “the next thing in next-gen,” because of all the new technology and product innovations we’ve introduced to make your next-gen firewall simpler, faster, and more comprehensive than any other security product on the market today.

Today I want to talk about how we’ve rethought the way firewall policies are managed. If you’ve ever set up or managed rules on a firewall, you know first-hand how frustrating it can be. Most firewall products have policies across multiple functional areas for web, IPS, app control, traffic shaping, or WAF. And on top of that, they often span multiple tabs or screens, with little-documented prerequisites that force you to back up and start over. It’s a wonder how anyone can properly secure a network using such a disorganized and complicated framework.

In this blog post, I’ll explain some of the ways we’ve dramatically simplified policy management to save you time and improve security. If you prefer to watch rather than read, everything you need to know about the new policy model is in this short video.

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New data center opens in Germany for Sophos Cloud customers and partners

EU data centerPartners and customers setting up new Sophos Cloud accounts now have the option of storing their data in a newly opened data center, located in Frankfurt, Germany. This is in addition to the existing Ireland and U.S. locations we have offered since the launch of Sophos Cloud.

The new Frankfurt data center allows Sophos Cloud customers in Germany to keep their data in-country, and customers in the rest of the DACH region and continental Europe will also benefit from having a centrally-located data center with data staying within the EU.

Each Sophos data center features top-notch security, stability, and performance, with customers across the globe now enjoying an additional option right in the heart of Europe.

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Sophos wins CRN Security Vendor of the Year award for DACH

Award winnerSophos is pleased to announce two recent awards recognizing our success in the channel. We were named 2015 IT Security Vendor of the Year in the DACH region at the ICT Summit hosted by CRN.

Also at the ICT Summit, our colleague Bernhard Oertel, Sophos Territory Manager, was named Channel Manager of the Year. Both awards were based on an online poll of readers.

If these awards sound familiar, that’s because Bernhard won the same award at the ICT Summit in 2013, where we were also named IT Security Vendor of the Year.

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Synchronized Security: A revolution in protection

heartbeat-150For decades, the security industry has been treating network security and endpoint security as completely different entities. It’s just like putting one security guard outside the building and another inside the building, but not allowing them to talk to each other.

What if we started over with a fresh and radical approach that delivered better protection by enabling automated and real-time communication between network and endpoint security solutions. One that was synchronized across the entire threat surface, and highly automated, so it could do all this without adding staff or workload.

To accomplish this, we need a system with the following five attributes.

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Sophos wins Global Enterprise Connect Editor’s Choice Award for best security vendor

gec-awards-150Recently we were honored to accept a big award: the Editor’s Choice Award for Enterprise Security, presented at the Global Enterprise Connect Awards 2015, recognizing the top IT solutions and services vendors, distributors and resellers in the Middle East and Africa.

It’s not unusual for us to earn this kind of recognition in the channel. We’ve taken home several big awards including: best IT vendor in all three security categories in CRN’s Annual Report Card (ARC); security vendor of the year from one of our biggest partners in North America; and vendor of the year in enterprise mobility management at the Integrator ICT Champion Awards 2015.

What makes this award special is how it demonstrates the combined strength of Sophos and Cyberoam in the MEA region.

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Sophos XG Firewall – simpler, faster, and more-in-one

XG FirewallIf you’ve been following news about the XG Firewall, you’re no stranger to a lot of the great new technology we’ve packed into this next-generation firewall. However, you may be wondering, what does it all mean?

Well, today I’m going to discuss how all of this great new technology makes your next Sophos firewall a lot simpler, faster, and provides more in a single appliance than any competitor’s product.


If you know anything about Sophos, it’s that simplicity is part of our DNA. But it’s not just a hook to hang our hat on – it’s incredibly important. Complexity is the enemy of security. Complexity often translates into security systems that are not properly deployed, configured, or even worse, completely unused. So simplicity is not just a nice-to-have, it’s essential … because simpler security really is better security.

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Your firewall and endpoints are finally talking (funny videos)

XG Firewall is Big NewsOur new Sophos XG Firewall with Security Heartbeat™ is really big news. Bigger than man-eating spiders, Elvis coming back, or an alien invasion. OK, we’re exaggerating. But it is a big deal – because your network firewall and endpoint security can finally talk to each other.

We’ve already explained some of the innovative new capabilities you’ll get with the XG Firewall, and talked about why we think our vision of synchronized security is a game-changer for the industry and for our customers and partners.

Now we want to show you what firewall and endpoint talking to each other looks like, in a fun way. Yes, security is a serious business. But we’re not afraid to have a sense of humor. And because Sophos makes security simple, IT admins have time to take a break now and again. So kick back and watch a few of our quirky videos.

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