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How is Sophos Central licensed?

With Sophos Central, there are a few things to keep in mind regarding proper licensing. Here we briefly summarize what you need to look out for when buying Central licenses.

Initial purchase or renew

If you want to buy a license for a Central product in our store, the options Erstkauf or Erneuern are available. If you are purchasing a license for a specific Sophos Central product, such as Intercept X, for the first time, you will correctly select the Erstkauf option here. The option Erneuern may only be selected if you already own a license of this product and you want to extend the term.

Right of use

When selling Sophos Central licenses, Sophos distinguishes whether the customer is a normal business (Corporate), an educational institution (Education), or a government institution (Government).

Important: Please be sure to check with us first if you feel you fall into the Education or Government range. We must first have this verified with Sophos before such a license may be issued.

Number of licenses

The most important point regarding correct licensing is the number of licenses. The following modules are licensed per user:

  • Sophos Central Endpoint
  • Sophos Central Intercept X
  • Sophos Central Intercept X Advanced
  • Sophos Central Intercept X Advanced with EDR
  • Sophos Central Mobile
  • Sophos Central Intercept X for Mobile
  • Sophos Central Email Gateway
  • Sophos Central Device Encryption
  • Sophos Central Phish Threat

The following products are licensed per device, not per user:

  • Sophos Central Server Protection (license per server)
  • Sophos Intercept X Advanced for servers (license per server)
  • Sophos Intercept X Advanced for servers with XDR (license per server)*.
  • Sophos Central Wireless (license per access point)

*Server licenses with EDR cannot be mixed with other server licenses. If you want to license EDR features on your servers, you must do so for all of your servers that you manage through Central.

Info: Licensing for Terminal Server changed for environments with thin clients on January 1, 2019. Whereas previously an Endpoint Protection license had to be purchased for each thin client, even though no AV could be installed on it, this is no longer required with immediate effect.