Sophos Firewall unleashes the power of Xstream for enterprise and distributed edge computing

New Sophos Firewall is released with advanced performance improvements, dynamic traffic routing and SD-WAN capabilities and integrations

Sophos, a world leader in innovation and delivery of cybersecurity as a service, today introduced new capabilities in Sophos Firewall to better meet the complex and demanding needs of enterprise and distributed edge computing. Sophos Firewall now offers performance enhancements that speed inspection of encrypted traffic, dynamic traffic routing for Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), increased resiliency with Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-) load balancing. WAN) and high availability improvements, and seamless integration with Microsoft Azure Active Directory.

“One of the key benefits of the Xstream architecture and stream processors is that they are programmable. This means that while other firewalls get slower over time, we can increase performance, even as we add new features and capabilities,” said Daniel Cole, vice president of network security product management at Sophos. “Our design ensures that customers’ investment in Sophos Firewall is future-proof and enables a seamless transition to a cloud-enabled world. SD-WAN and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) demand a more efficient platform that is not only resilient, but also makes day-to-day management easier and faster than ever.”

Effective and reliable assessment of network traffic is critical to protecting against threat actors, as evidenced in the Sophos 2023 Threat Report released today. Distributed offices, remote workforces, cloud workloads, custom legacy applications, and increasing reliance on global software-as-a-service providers create a configuration and risk management headache for administrators. network security.

Sophos Firewall now provides the performance, protection, and resiliency that distributed enterprises require, while simplifying the management of complex networks. Benefits included:

  • Advanced performance and protection: A new high-performance dynamic routing engine and Xstream Transport Layer Security (TLS) FastPath acceleration improve inspection of encrypted traffic while adding headroom for traffic that requires deep packet inspection; asymmetric cryptographic capabilities within Xstream stream processors, included in all XGS series devices, enable TLS inspection on even the most demanding networks
  • Increased resilience and peace of mind: New SD-WAN load balancing for performance and reliability in the event of an Internet Service Provider (ISP) outage along with enhancements to high-availability clusters ensure maximum business continuity and uptime for mission networks criticism
  • Greater ease of management: Managing network security is easier than ever with new Microsoft Azure Active Directory integration for seamless administrator single sign-on and new host and service object lookup

Sophos Firewall integrates with Sophos ZTNA (Zero Trust Network Access) under a unified management plane and is a key pillar of Sophos’ SASE strategy, which provides a more simplified, scalable and secure solution over virtual private networks ( VPN) traditional remote access. The network solution is also part of Sophos’ adaptive cybersecurity ecosystem, which integrates the entire Sophos portfolio of products and services and threat intelligence from Sophos X-Ops for faster, contextual and synchronized detection, protection and response.

Availability

Sophos Firewall is available for immediate purchase exclusively through Sophos’ global channel of partners and managed service providers (MSPs). Easily managed on the Sophos Central cloud-native platform alongside other solutions, where users can monitor installations, respond to alerts, and track licenses and upcoming renewal dates through a single, intuitive interface or through Sophos Managed Detection and Response (MDR).

What analysts, channel partners and customers are saying

“With its latest firewall release, Sophos has leveraged the flexibility of its Xstream architecture to deliver VPN performance improvements and more efficient handling of TLS encrypted traffic, which is critically important in today’s encrypted world,” said Christopher. Rodriguez, research director of IDC’s Trust and Security Practice. “They have also completed building out their network feature set to provide an integrated SD-WAN solution. Combined with other recent enhancements to their secure access portfolio such as ZTNA as a Service, they are positioning themselves to deliver the features and capabilities demanded by the largest distributed enterprise organizations, while building a SASE strategy that will appeal to organizations of all sizes. sizes”.

“The new version of Sophos Firewall has multiple enterprise-grade features,” said Vishvas Chitale, IT Security Director at Chitale Group. “Many of the added features were designed to address the challenges larger organizations like ours face when deploying SD-WAN, optimizing performance, and scaling our network. We think the SDWAN features of this new Sophos Firewall are well done and the load balancing is like the icing on the cake. The high availability feature is also very intuitive and cool. Overall, the new Firewall provides greater insight into network risk mitigation.”

“The new Sophos Firewall software has multiple benefits for all of our customers,” said Marc Hurrelmann, CEO of Midland IT. “Many of the added features are designed to address the challenges larger organizations face when deploying SD-WAN, optimizing performance, scaling their network, improving resiliency and uptime, and improving management efficiencies. Smaller organizations will benefit from everything. the added value included in Sophos Firewall with better performance, protection, networking and management”.

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About Sophos

Sophos is a global leader and innovator of advanced cybersecurity solutions, including Managed Detection and Response (MDR) and incident response services and a broad portfolio of endpoint, network, email and cloud security technologies that help organizations to defeat cyber attacks. As one of the largest providers of pure cybersecurity, Sophos defends more than 500,000 organizations and more than 100 million users worldwide from active adversaries, ransomware, phishing, malware, and more. Sophos products and services connect through its cloud-based Sophos Central management console and work with Sophos X-Ops, the company’s cross-domain threat intelligence unit. Sophos X-Ops intelligence leverages the entire Sophos adaptive cybersecurity ecosystem, including a centralized data lake that leverages a broad set of open APIs available to customers, partners, developers, and other cybersecurity and IT vendors. Sophos provides cybersecurity as a service to organizations that need out-of-the-box, fully managed security solutions. Customers can also manage their cyber security directly with Sophos’ security operations platform or use a hybrid approach by complementing their internal teams with Sophos services, including threat detection and remediation. Sophos sells through reseller partners and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) around the world. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK. More information available at www.sophos.com.

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