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November 9, 2015

Sophos makes combined perimeter and network cybersecurity play

News: Sophos XG Firewall with Security Heartbeat enables endpoint and network security communication.

By Ellie Burns

Billed as an industry first in synchronised security protection, Sophos has launched a new firewall with the company’s patented Security Heartbeat.

The new Sophos XG Firewall uses data provided by Sophos endpoint protection to isolate and restrict access to and from the affected device, and in parallel, the endpoint protection can remediate the attack.

New features of the new Sophos XG Firewall include a Network Security Control Centre, User and App Risk Analysis, Centralised cloud management and User Threat Quotient.

The Security Heartbeat pulses continuous, real-time information about suspicious behaviour or malicious activity between endpoints and the XG firewalls and UTMs.

Endpoints, network firewall and UTM, all traditionally independent, are now able to directly share intelligence, enabling the Security Heartbeat to instantly trigger a response to stop or help control a malware outbreak or data breach.

"Today Sophos has taken the next big step in next-generation security. Organisations of every size know they need endpoint security and network security – they are two foundational pillars of any IT security strategy.

"But for too long, these two product segments simply didn’t communicate with each other – they were independent and isolated silos, which limited their effectiveness and their manageability," said Kris Hagerman, CEO at Sophos.

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