Now available: Sophos Web Appliance 4.3 with new Sandstorm features and more

secure-web-gatewayWe’re pleased to announce the latest release of Sophos Web Appliance 4.3, which adds improved Sophos Sandstorm capabilities and completely updates the underlying Sophos Web Appliance operating system to a new improved kernel.

If you’re not familiar with Sophos Sandstorm, it gives your organization an extra layer of security to defend against fast-moving, targeted attacks, like ransomware, Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) and newer, unknown malware.

Since its release, Sandstorm has become immensely popular with our customers, so we’re pleased to announce new features that makes Sandstorm even more powerful.

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XG Firewall v16 has arrived

firewallThe firewall team has been working furiously over the last several months on the latest release of XG Firewall and, after an extensive beta, we’re really pleased to announce that XG Firewall v16 is available now.

This release is a major update that includes over 120 new features and enhancements across all areas of the firewall.

It’s easier to use, with new navigation, enhanced logging and troubleshooting tools, and streamlined workflows.

It’s more powerful, with new policy tools that make it easy to build sophisticated web, email, and routing policies custom tailored to your needs.

It’s got more innovative, with new Synchronized Security features like dynamic app identification and new Security Heartbeat™ options that improve protection, response, and visibility into what’s happening on your network.

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Sophos XG Firewall is coming to Microsoft Azure

XG FirewallWe are excited to announce that Sophos XG Firewall is coming to Microsoft Azure in October.

Sophos XG Firewall is a next-generation firewall that deploys as an all-in-one solution. It combines advanced networking with protections such as Intrusion Prevention (IPS) and Web Application Firewall (WAF), as well as user and application controls.

Sophos XG Firewall is designed to help you protect your Azure-based workloads against advanced threats.

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Join the Sophos XG Firewall v16 beta today!

XG FirewallIt’s official: the highly anticipated public beta for the Sophos XG Firewall v16 is now underway, and we’d love for you to get involved. The product team has been working furiously for the last several months making this one of the most ambitious and exciting product releases ever. It’s loaded with tons of new features and enhancements that we think you’re going to love.

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How SG UTM fits with Synchronized Security

Synchronized SecurityYou may be wondering how SG UTM fits in with this new Synchronized Security era we’re entering. The answer is: very well! It’s already got some great Synchronized Security-like integration built-in, and it’s a great platform to start your Synchronized Security journey.

SG UTM, Endpoint and SMC integration

As you probably know, SG UTM has enjoyed tight integration with Sophos Endpoint and Mobile solutions for some time now. Customers have taken advantage of SG UTM’s integration with Sophos Endpoints for off-site web policy enforcement, and with Sophos Mobile Control for NAC-like features to keep non-compliant devices off the network. In fact, it’s these kinds of features which inspired the Synchronized Security strategy. Sophos UTM has been a leader in this area, and still offers some of the best integration between products available.

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Try Sophos Sandstorm on your Sophos Web Appliance for 30 days!

Back in March, I wrote about how cybercriminals are using previously-unknown malware to avoid detection from traditional security products.

While conventional anti-malware protection is vital as a first line of defense, organizations need additional ways to combat today’s targeted, unknown malware.

Unfortunately, many next-generation solutions designed to deal with these kinds of threats are too expensive and too complex for many businesses to consider.

Sophos Sandstorm can help

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Sophos wins “Best UTM” at SC Magazine Awards Europe 2016

Best UTM AwardSophos UTM has added to our collection of industry awards, after being recognized as the Best UTM Solution at the SC Magazine Awards 2016 Europe, held earlier this week in London.

As the editor-in-chief of SC Magazine points out, these awards are designed to recognize the leading players in the industry and to encourage and praise innovation.

It’s an honor to be considered, and the Sophos SG UTM has now swept this award three times in a row, repeating twice in London and also winning in North America recently.

The judges were impressed by Sophos SG UTM, and its many advantages over the other products considered in this category.

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