We’ve already had a busy year of network security product releases including new hardware, software, and cloud management capabilities:
- XGS Series appliances with dedicated Xstream Flow Processors, powerful protection and performance, and enhanced connectivity.
- Sophos Firewall OS v18.5 MR1 with a ton of new enhancements for security, performance improvements, and helpful features
- SD-WAN VPN Orchestration in Sophos Central which provides an enormous time-saver by automating the task of setting up complex SD-WAN overlay networks between firewalls
New Partner Dashboard
The product team just launched a new Partner Dashboard last week in Sophos Central for all partners who manage customer firewalls – providing at-a-glance status of all firewalls under management with easy SSO drill-down to individual customer estates. It now offers a consistent experience between your high-level partner view and the individual customer account view.
If you haven’t seen it, be sure to check out Sophos Central Firewall Management in your partner account. The team will continue to add additional information to this management view over time including ungrouped or unmanaged firewalls – coming soon.
What’s Coming Next
There are a number of exciting network security product releases planned over the next few months that are all part of our Secure Access Portfolio – enabling you to securely connect your network – whether at the service edge, or the core, with more flexibility than ever.
Watch this 30min video overview to see what’s coming over the next few months:
Sophos Firewall OS v19 with Xstream SD-WAN
The next release of SFOS brings a number of exciting features to Sophos Firewall including Xstream SD-WAN with sophisticated new multi-link performance probing, monitoring, and routing capabilities. It also includes many VPN enhancements including Xstream FastPath Acceleration of IPsec and dramatic increases in SSL performance and capacity. There’s also new search capabilities within the management console and a ton of other enhancements. Early Access is expected to begin in October.
Sophos Central Management Features
You can look forward to several firewall central management features over the coming months including credential-free token registration of new firewalls, central rule pinning to protect firewall rules from local changes, API access to many management features, and additional enhancements to SD-WAN VPN Orchestration to support multi-tunnel redundancy and failover scenarios. These features will be rolling out over the next few months.
Sophos Zero Trust Network Access had a successful first early access program and is now gearing up for release in December. Sophos ZTNA makes secure remote access to corporate applications and data easy. It’s a much better solution than remote access VPN, provides better security and micro-segmentation, and eliminates a potential attack vector for Ransomware. Learn more about this new product at sophos.com/ztna. Watch this space for news of the upcoming early access program.
From December, we’ll be launching the brand-new Sophos Switch Series. These access layer switches will enable your entire network stack to be managed from a single-pane-of-glass in the cloud from Sophos Central. There will be 8, 24 and 48 port models with various options for Power-over-Ethernet (PoE).
Watch out for more information on this exciting addition to our product portfolio very soon…
Starting in October all Sophos Central accounts will have access to Sophos Wireless management for free – we’re removing the management license cost. This means that everyone can start utilizing Sophos Central to manage their wireless access points which offers added scalability and features over firewall-managed wireless. Take advantage of this starting in October by simply moving your wireless access point management to Sophos Central – at no charge.
That’s a LOT of great new products and capabilities that are coming over the next few months – all managed from Sophos Central making network security easier and more powerful at the same time. We hope you’re as excited about these new products and features as we are. It promises to be an exciting close to the year. A special thank you to all our loyal partners who help make these products so successful!