We’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.
If 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.
As I’m sure you know by now, this week we launched our new Sophos XG Firewall with Security Heartbeat.™ But you might be wondering: just what does XG Firewall include, and what other innovations does it offer? So I thought I’d give you an overview of all the exciting new bits and pieces.
To start, it’s important to point out that XG Firewall is more than just a firewall product. It’s an entire network security ecosystem.
XG Firewall Ecosystem
XG Firewall is our new firewall product that is available as a next-gen firewall or a UTM. It can be deployed as a hardware appliance, a software appliance on an Intel compatible server, or as a virtual appliance in your favorite virtual environment.
With today’s release of our revolutionary new XG Firewall, we’re breaking the mold and bringing endpoint and network security together. This is an exciting time for Sophos, our partners, and our customers.
The XG Firewall combines some of the great technology from UTM 9 with a ton of innovative new features. But that doesn’t mean it’s the end for our industry leading and award-winning Sophos UTM platform. Far from it.
Sophos UTM has a long and successful history that extends back several years. We will continue to develop and support this platform. You can learn more about Sophos UTM 9 and the SG Series on sophos.com.
We anticipate that many of our existing Sophos UTM customers will want to migrate to the XG Firewall, to take advantage of new technologies like the Sophos Security Heartbeat,™ new features like the simplified new interface, improved reporting, and more.
If you’re a Sophos UTM customer, however, you do not have to migrate right away, or at all if you don’t want to. Many of you will have questions about the new XG Firewall and what it means for you. Rest assured, we’ve been thinking a lot about our Sophos UTM customers, and we’ve put together this FAQ to help answer any questions you might have.
If you’ve been following Project Copernicus, you know that it’s our revolutionary new firewall platform that’s been in beta for the last couple of months. Today, we’re pleased to announce that our brand new centralized management platform for Copernicus firewalls is now available for beta.
Sophos Firewall Manager (or SFM for short) provides powerful centralized management for all your Copernicus firewalls, with time-saving features that make it easy to ensure consistent protection across multiple locations.
Cloud security doesn’t have to be costly and complex. Amazon Web Services (AWS) delivers speed and cost savings. Your cloud security solution should do the same.
As an AWS Advanced Tier security partner, we’re pleased to offer a new feature in Sophos UTM to protect your AWS environments while automatically scaling to fit your needs.
Sophos UTM for AWS now features Auto Scaling, so you can seamlessly scale up during demand spikes, or minimize costs by scaling back automatically during demand lulls.
We started our firewall revolution last month with the launch of the Project Copernicus beta.
Project Copernicus is the codename for our new firewall platform that combines the award-winning SG Series appliance with an all-new operating system based on the best of Sophos and Cyberoam technology.
The feedback during the early stages of the beta has been very positive and helpful in shaping the final product. We’re pleased to announce the availability of Beta 2, which incorporates a number of significant enhancements, updates and fixes based on your feedback.