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New Sophos XGS firewalls: All you need to know

There’s no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has brought a dramatic increase in the use of remote work and cloud collaboration services, perhaps like never before. Precisely because they are aware of this reality, cybercriminals have redirected their attacks towards home networks in search of vulnerabilities that allow them to take advantage of teleworkers who are using corporate networks.

Ransomware Ryuk

The Sophos 2021 Cyber Threat Report has made it very clear: Everyday threats such as basic malware, loaders, botnets and initial access agents are wreaking great havoc in telework environments, even, ransomware attacks, far from disappearing have strengthened, changing strategies, as evidenced by Ryuk or RagnarLocker

On the other hand, many specialists have issued alerts regarding various types of malware that have managed to mask themselves in the TLS protocol in order to hide their communications. The tactic has become popular among attackers, as they are encrypting the content of malicious communications to avoid detection while carrying out attacks. 

Sophos’ response has been immediate: New XGS firewalls that focus on shutting down these new malicious tactics. What are the new Sophos devices and how much could they contribute to your organization’s security? Read on in our blog…

The new Sophos XGS firewalls also come with a new transport layer security (TLS) inspection. This gives security teams more possibilities to easily inspect encrypted traffic. 

Thanks to Sophos Xstream Firewall architecture, the XGS series appliances offer some of the best zero-day threat protection in the industry, identifying and stopping the most advanced known and potential threats, including ransomware.

These firewalls also feature new Xstream stream processors to accelerate trusted traffic such as software as a service (SaaS), software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN), and cloud applications, providing maximum space for traffic requiring TLS and deep packet inspection.  

By having this new feature in your security system, you will be able to reduce latency rates and improve the overall performance of important business applications, especially those using real-time data.

Visibility will also be significantly improved, as Sophos provides unique and intuitive dashboard visibility of TLS traffic and inspection issues. This way, security administrators will be able to add exceptions for problematic streams and it will be as easy as one click.

With the new Sophos XGS firewalls, you also optimize performance right out of the box with an extensive set of rules that are updated and maintained by SophosLabs to exclude safe traffic from inspection.

The design of these firewalls is easy and intuitive: They can be easily managed on the cloud-based Sophos platform alongside Sophos’ entire portfolio of next-generation cybersecurity solutions. In addition, it includes native support for TLS 1.3 and, from the user interface, we can find out if there is a problem in the traffic or if a particular user has been affected.

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