Update: Sophos renamed the product"Sophos Cloud" to "Sophos Central" in August 2016. Several links in this article have been updated to refer to the latest Central products.
Sophos's products are really amazing. One of our newest favorites is the Sophos Cloud. STOP... don't click away yet! I know my first thought was "Cloud?" too. My second thought was: "Cloud storage from Sophos with encryption? No, okay, no cloud storage. As I said, we think Sophos's products are really great, but the product names are simply horrible! How are we supposed to sell a product to a customer today that has the word "cloud" in its name?
In this blog post, I would like to take a closer look at Sophos Cloud and explain how much it really is and what it can do for a company.
Sophos Security Services
The title is made up by us because it describes exactly what the Sophos Cloud really is.
The products are called as follows:
- Sophos Central Endpoint Protection
- Sophos Central Intercept X
- Sophos Central Intercept X Advanced
- Sophos Central Intercept X Advanced with EDR
- Sophos Central Intercept X Advanced for Server
- Sophos Central Server Protection
- Sophos Central Mobile
- Sophos Central Intercept X Advanced for Mobile
- Sophos Central Wireless
- Sophos Central Email Gateway
- Sophos Central Web Gateway
- Sophos Central Device Encryption
- Sophos Central Phish Threat
Sophos Cloud is currently an Antivirus and management is in the Cloud. Sophos offers several types of antivirus solutions:
- Antivirus standalone - simply on your PC or Mac
- Antivirus on Premise - The management console is installed on the Windows server in the enterprise.
- Antivirus on UTM management via the Sophos UTM web interface
- Antivirus in the Cloud - Management via the Browser in the Cloud
The crazy thing is that each of these variants has different options and features. If you have any questions about the exact differences, just contact us. Our customers in the past have been using the antivirus on the UTM, the Sophos UTM Endpoint Protection. As it seems that the features have not been extended since 2013 and the roadmap has been cut down, we will focus more on the Sophos Cloud in the future.
If you would like to learn more about the different variants and possibilities of Sophos's Endpoint protection, we recommend reading this data sheet.
Now let's get to the main topic of this blogpost, the Sophos Cloud. In short, it is a security solution for endpoints (PC, Mac, Windows Server, Linux Server, iOS, Android and soon Windows Phone) with a management console in the cloud.
Nobody likes that by installing a virus scanner, the speed of his computer collapses. From my personal experience I can clearly say at this point that Sophos is very performant compared to other major vendors! This is also confirmed in the following graphic. Whether server or client, the system doesn't feel slow at all.
Before we come to safety, which should actually be the first priority, I would like to briefly discuss the costs. What is interesting is that the Sophos Cloud is not licensed per client, but per user. For example, if an employee has a Windows workstation, a Mac, a notebook and two or three smartphones, the price remains the same. Admittedly, this example is a bit exaggerated and probably not quite the same as the average employee. ;-) The servers are licensed per system. No matter if a physical or virtual server. There is one license per OS. If you think this was not explained enough, you can read the corresponding article in our knowledge base: How is Sophos Central licensed?
Safety and security
Sophos has received top scores in recent tests for malware detection rates. It is also worth noting that Sophos is in the top right-hand quadrant of Vendor Landscape. This in turn shows that the product is not only safe in the short term, but is also being worked on.
For us it is essential that a software gets an update every now and then. For example, before I buy an app on my smartphone, I check when it was last updated. Everything older than 1 year is dead to me. At 6 months I'm a bit sceptical. Here, of course, the technician speaks out of me. :-) Sophos satisfies this need completely for me. Every 30 days the Sophos cloud gets smaller updates and every 90 days larger updates, which also affect the management interface. Virus definitions are of course updated several times a day. The updates run fully automatically, as you might know from other services like Office 365 or AWS.
More than just an antivirus
The Sophos cloud is more than just an antivirus. For us internally it is a complete Sophos Security Service. The product is constantly evolving and new features are being added. The last update was the web gateway. Data encryption is also planned.
Testing Sophos Central (formerly Sophos Cloud)
For those of you who are really interested in trying Sophos Central, we offer a free 30-day trial! Just fill out the form at the following URL and enjoy the full Sophos Central experience for 30 days!