Sophos has introduced some interesting new features over the last few weeks, and I'd like to summarise the most important of these from my perspective.
Email Impersonation Protection
Sophos Central Email Advanced has been given a new feature to help combat phishing attacks. The new feature, called Email Impersonation Protection, is designed to help detect and block emails from imitators.
In this type of scam, attackers send you emails with the name of a trusted sender in order to deceive you. The sender could be the name of your boss, a colleague, or your bank, for example.
For an untrained eye, it is incredibly difficult to detect such fraudulent emails on your own. Sophos even quotes on their site a recent study showing that 43% of SMEs were affected by phishing attacks through identity fraud last year.
Info: Email Impersonation Protection was rolled out globally on January 14, 2020 and is now available to all users with an Email Advanced license.
Sophos Wireless - Social login and Hotspot Customization
The latest Central Wireless version brings two frequently requested features to enhance the Captive Portal.
Social Login with Google and Facebook
If you activate the hotspot for your SSID under Captive Portal, the option Social Logins is now available for authentication. You can choose between Google and Facebook. By activating this feature you have to change some settings in your Google or Facebook account. The setup is not very easy and Sophos has provided a video tutorial here, at least for the Facebook version.
Also on the page of the Captive Portal there is now a drop-down menu with which you can select a template: Default or Custom. If you now select "Custom", a dialog box will appear where you can upload an image/logo (max. size 1 MB). It is also possible to choose your own background colour. As soon as a user connects to the SSID of the hotspot, he will be redirected to your customized page.
Sophos Managed Threat Response now available for clients and servers!
When I wrote the blog post about MTR at the end of November, only support for Windows Endpoint 32 and 64 bit was offered at that time. New additions are macOS (10.13+) and Windows Server (2008 R2+).
Info: You will find the products for MTR on our website next week at the latest!
Sophos Mobile 9.5 now rolled out for Central
I have already presented the new features of Sophos Mobile 9.5 in early December 2019: Sophos Mobile 9.5: web filtering for Chromebooks and more At that time these features were only available for the on Premises version. Sophos has now, somewhat belatedly, rolled out the update to all Central customers over the weekend of 11 and 12 January. 🥳
More flexibility with user-defined roles
Up to now you could create your own roles in Central Admin besides the predefined roles. This made it possible, for example, to give an admin only permissions for a specific module in Central. The latest update adds even more flexibility to the custom roles. Completely independent of the basic roles, you can set the following options individually:
- Enable access to logs & reports
- Enable policy management (add, edit, and delete)
- Enable policy assignment to users, device, etc..
Cloud Optix now available in Sophos Central
Sophos launched Cloud Optix in April 2019. It has never been a product that we wanted to offer on our website. Somehow the spark hasn't been ignited yet and there hasn't been enough time and interest to take a closer look at Cloud Optix.
But with the latest release of Sophos Cloud Optix the product has now been fully integrated into Central. Until now it was accessible via a link in the navigation, but management always took place on a separate website, which required an additional login.