While in this day and age, people quickly send a WhatsApp on a private level, it is impossible to imagine the business world without e-mail traffic. We plow through tons of emails every day and have to keep track of everything. It is not made easy, because if the spam filter fails, you have to be careful not to open an attachment by mistake, which turns out to be a Encryption Trojan attachment!
By the time you’ve read this blog post, at least spam, malware and phishing emails will no longer be a problem in your inbox, because once again we have the honor of introducing a new product from Sophos: Sophos Central Email.
What exactly is Sophos Central Email?
So first of all, Sophos Central Email is another product in the portfolio of the cloud-based management platform “Sophos Central”. Meanwhile, the variety of Sophos Central is really remarkable and you can view and order all currently available Central modules in our store.
In a nutshell, Sophos Central Email is a:
Cloud-based email security gateway that can be managed via Sophos Central.
On a less technical note, Sophos Central Email can be seen as an extra layer of protection that scans all your emails for viruses, malware, malicious attachments, malicious URLs, viruses and phishing before they land in your inbox. Sophos Central Email works super with Office 365, Google Apps for Work, Exchange (from version 2003) and many other solutions.
Here are a few key points that speak for Sophos Central Email:
- Quick setup and easy integration
- Proven virus, malware, spam and phishing protection
- Enables global blocking of addresses or domains
- Has a self-service portal where users can release quarantined emails
- Email continuity with end-user self-service portal, spooling and emergency inbox
- Reliable, global Sophos-hosted infrastructure (USA, Germany, Ireland) with centralized management in Sophos Central
- Supports Office 365, Google Apps for Work, Exchange (from version 2003) and many more.
Why is Sophos Central Email needed?
Many smaller companies, including ourselves, do not have their own mail server, but use external providers or cloud services, such as Office 365. This, of course, makes you rely on the cloud email services’ built-in security solutions, but they are not enough to keep malicious and suspicious email content out of a corporate network.
This is, of course, a big problem, as email is still the most popular tool cybercriminals use to spread their malware. This raises the question of what can be done to ensure that a shift to external resources does not mean that the security level automatically drops.
With Sophos, we would already have the possibility to route the mail traffic through our own SG or XG, but this is of course quite tricky, as the Sophos firewall is not connected to two internet lines in most cases to guarantee high availability. So once the firewall is down, no more e-mails reach the provider. And that’s where Sophos Central Email comes in.
Sophos offers you a reliable, global infrastructure that will probably never be down. When it comes to the location of the server, you can choose for yourself whether you want to route your emails through America, Germany or Ireland. By switching the DNS > MX record, emails are first routed to Sophos, where they are scanned and then forwarded to the email provider.
With Sophos Central Email, you no longer have to rely on your provider’s built-in security solutions, but get proven email security that is constantly updated by SophosLabs’ global network.
Sophos Central Email licensing model
Sophos Central Email will be available in “standard” and “advanced” versions. However, Sophos Central Email Advanced will not be released until Q1 2017.
Licensing is per user, whereby the minimum number of users here is 5. However, multiple email addresses can be added per user.
Main features – Standard
- Office 365, Google Apps for Work, Exchange (from version 2003)
- Spam filter
- User portal for end users (quarantine, whitelist, blacklist)
- Spooling (if the mail server is unavailable, the emails are kept and delivered later)
- Phishing URL Protection
- Anti-Spoofing (SPF and DKIM)
Additional Features – Advanced (Available from Q1 2017)
- Sophos Sandstorm (sandboxing for emails)
- Email Attachment Filer Policy
Sophos Central Email Quick Tour
Try Sophos Central Email now!
If you don’t have a Sophos Central account yet, you can create one on the Sophos website and try all the features, including “Sophos Central Email”, for free for 30 days.
If you already have a Sophos Central account and the 30 days trial period has already expired, you can order a license for “Sophos Central Email” in our store: