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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Get Sophos certified with the Sophos Certified Administrator training program

Customer TrainingToday, we are excited to launch the Sophos Certified Administrator training program.

Open to all customers, this new certification offers you complete training on Sophos products. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the full range of features, and how you can harness these to get the most out of your product.

Training can either be completed as e-learning, vouchers for which can be purchased from your partner, or in a classroom via our network of Authorized Training Centers. You can find your local Authorized Training Centers from the Partner Locator or by emailing us at globaltraining@sophos.com

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Sophos CEO Kris Hagerman recognized as 14th Most Influential Executive by CRN

Kris Hagerman

Kris Hagerman
Sophos CEO

We’re delighted to say that Kris Hagerman, our CEO and fearless leader, has been ranked 14th in CRN’s Top 25 Most Influential Executives and CRN’s Top 100 Executives (US). These two high profile lists recognize Kris as a leader and visionary in the channel, security sector and technology in general.

In building its shortlist of top influential executives, CRN says it looks for those who “through their vision, passion and fire have set the agenda for the channel and for the tech industry as a whole.”

Since joining Sophos in September 2012, Kris has certainly done that.

Kris took Sophos public in 2015 – the largest ever IPO in the UK for a software company – and under his leadership the company launched synchronized security, along with our revolutionary Security Heartbeat technology – a first of its kind in the industry.

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IT pros are worried about email security, says survey

Central with EmailToday we officially announced the release of Sophos Email, our brand new secure email gateway solution, as an addition to our Email product range and our Sophos Central management platform.

It’s engineered to provide our leading threat and spam protection to users of Microsoft Exchange Online, Office 365, Google Apps for Work and many other email services. And from what we heard in our recent email security survey, users of cloud-based email services like these are in desperate need of the extra protection it delivers.

We conducted the survey among our Spiceworks community and readers of Naked Security. We’re just starting to analyze some of the results and they make for interesting reading.

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Thoughts on comparative testing

For months, Cylance has sought to dazzle audiences with its “Unbelievable” demonstration, staging well-choreographed battles against other IT security vendors, including Sophos. The exhibition ends with Cylance delivering near-perfect scores while everyone else (predictably) shows lackluster results. Yet when the playing field is leveled, and Cylance’s product comes under real scrutiny, the company cries foul, puts the fear of lawsuits into the minds of its partners, and accuses others of “smoke and mirrors” tactics.

At a recent Cylance presentation during an industry event in Las Vegas, one Sophos customer (from Chicago) in the audience asked to see how the Sophos product was configured for Cylance’s “Unbelievable” demo. On reviewing the settings, the customer discovered that key (and default) protection settings had been disabled. When the customer insisted that Cylance enable the proper default configuration and re-run the test, Sophos beat Cylance. The same behavior has been reported by multiple other vendors, including the disabling of everything other than hash lookups – an unfair test to say the least.

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