As with Sophos Central Server Protection , Sophos Central Endpoint is now undergoing various restructurings. For example, the standard version is deleted and juggled with new names. In this article we will briefly inform you about all these changes.
Previously, Sophos Central Endpoint was available in a standard and an advanced version. The short version is that the standard version will be discontinued and Sophos Central Endpoint Advanced (CEA) will be renamed Sophos Central Endpoint Protection (CEP).
We do wonder if this decision is related to the fact that Microsoft, for example, is getting better and better with its free Windows Defender, and achieved a very good score in the April 2018 tests. For strategic reasons, they probably want to stand out a bit more again from the feature set of the free products.
End of Sale for Central Endpoint Standard
As mentioned earlier, Sophos Central Endpoit Standard is set. The low-priced entry-level variant is already End of Sale on August 6, 2018. For those of you currently using the standard version, Sophos will automatically upgrade you to Sophos Central Endpoint Protection (the former advanced version) free of charge, allowing you to benefit from the advanced features for the same price in the future! However, we assume that the renewal will be a bit more expensive.
Actually, we do not find this decision tragic. Either way, we never recommended the standard version, as important features for good protection were not included. The difference to a free antivirus program was not very big.
Endpoint Advanced + Intercept X Bundle
It was less than half a year ago (February 2018) when Sophos introduced the Sophos Central Endpoint Advanced + Sophos Intercept X bundle.
Endpoint Advanced + Intercept X available as a bundle! Until now, if users wanted to benefit from the best and most comprehensive protection on a client, they had to license two products: Central Endpoint Advanced, and Intercept X. From now on, Sophos offers an SKU that includes both products under the name “SOPHOS Central Intercept X + Endpoint Advanced”. This SKU is discounted by up to 40% compared to the two individual items.
This bundle will now be a standalone product as of mid-October 2018 and will be listed under the new product name Sophos Central Intercept X Advanced. New name, same features, same price.
Intercept X Advanced tested by SE Labs
While Forester once again positions Sophos Endpoint as the leader (alongside 15 different endpoint vendors) in its latest report in the endpoint section, SE Labs, an independent testing company, has now also tested and compared Intercept X Advanced with other solutions. The result was that Sophos currently offers the best endpoint protection solution in the world.
Information about the test and what came out of it is also shown by Sophos in the following video:
With all these name changes and restructurings, it can be almost dizzying. We summarize for you once again the future names of the products: