Sophos Intercept X Review

Reliable, scalable and very simple to set up

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is basically having a synchronized perspective on what's going on between endpoints, firewalls, and whatever other types of preventative measures the customer has. 

How has it helped my organization?

The fewer panes of glass you've got to go to to try to investigate an event, the better off you are. If there's some automation that goes on within the fabric, or whatever you want to call it, this coordinated effort, then you're going to come out ahead as a small organization. Sophos has one pane of glass, so it gives good visibility. There's less time spent in front of the screen because I have confidence in the automation that's going on.

What is most valuable?

It's been pretty reliable. There's been a few times when it hasn't just taken care of problems. The automation is very convenient.

There's Sophos Central where the customer has a single pane of glass. You can manage everything. 

The thing that I like about it is the synchronized security. You can tie endpoint protection and firewalls and a whole range of other services and products. You can get your servers taken in under this.

It has a Linux version that's available. 

What I look for in dealing with small businesses, is for something that is not going to add to their staffing requirements significantly in terms of management. That's true with both Sophos as with Fortinet. 

There's great situational awareness within all the other components. If I have a workstation, usually they're just taking care of everything without me even knowing about it unless I go into the logs and see what's been cleaned up. I don't care if something gets cleaned up, I do care if something doesn't get cleaned up. My reporting is set to an on exception basis to ensure I don't have a firehose of information pointed at me to overwhelm me. Customers don't generally want to know every little thing that's happening on their network. What they want to know is if something has happened that puts their environment or their infrastructure in jeopardy. Sophos does this exceptionally well.

The pricing of the solution is quite good.

What needs improvement?

The problem is that if you have a lot of different components going on, each managed under a different umbrella, then you're going to be spending a lot of time hopping back and forth between the different components to see, "Well, I got hit here. What did my firewall see? I got hit in the firewall, the firewall says it allowed that attack in, did it land on anything to compromise any of my endpoints?" I see that all the time. That's a question I always have in the reports I give my customers. "Okay. So this happened last month. And as you can see, there were all these attacks knocking at the door, but none were allowed through." If someone got through, then I'm going to be concerned.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been working with this solution alongside a customer for two years now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is great. We've never had issues with its reliability. It doesn't crash or freeze. There aren't bugs or glitches. It protects us well.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution scales really well. They have great resources on hand for managing it within the cloud. I haven't found any issues with capacity. I've never heard of anyone ever having issues in that regard.

Typically we deal with small businesses. When I say "small business" I am referring to a company of around 250 people.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support has been very, very good. They're reliable and knowledgable. We've been satisfied with the level of service provided. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also have experience with Fortinet. Fortinet has what they call their security fabric, which does about the same thing. Basically you have a number of different products, different solutions, and it's all under a single pane of glass and everything's coordinated so that any member or any component of that fabric or synchronized security is aware, has situational awareness of what other components are experiencing. If there's an attack that breaks out in one place, then there's going to be the opportunity for basically isolating that particular component so that it doesn't allow lateral movement.

I've used other solutions. The reason that I like Sophos is mostly due to the synchronized security and cloud management. Other solutions that I've dealt with have been point solutions. I've needed to figure out how to get that situational awareness between the different points. You have to do that. The name of the game these days is to evade the parameter. I have to not only protect the endpoint as if there was no firewall, but I also have to make sure that I've got as much intelligence going on about the state of my internal network so that everybody knows what's happening next door to them.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was a piece of cake. It wasn't complex at all. It's very straightforward.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I can justify the pricing for customers and I can explain what they're doing from a pricing standpoint in terms of the different risks that they're handling. I'm all about risk management. Unfortunately, we lose awareness of that, the calculus that goes into that when nothing's going wrong. 

You have to ask: what are you trying to protect? What are you willing to spend to protect that, and what's your expected loss if something happens? You have to look at all things and then decide if the number is fair. I'd argue that it is.

What other advice do I have?

We're partners with Sophos. We're a consulting company and we provide some managed services. Sophos products are some that I deploy and manage for my customers.

I don't have the EDR or any of the really sophisticated stuff. The client doesn't think that they have a need to go to another level. 

I don't have EDR or MTR deployed for the customer. I work primarily with small businesses. So sometimes it's kind of hard to get them to invest more than what they feel comfortable doing.

Other organizations should give it serious consideration if they are looking for a solution. The price point is not unreasonable and the management and the continued evolution that I see within the product means that they're not sitting on their haunches waiting for the next big thing. They're constantly moving forward, trying to keep abreast of what's going on. 

We're in an arms race when it comes to cybersecurity. When you look at SophosLabs out of the UK and the work that they're doing in their blogs like Naked Security and whatnot, they're constantly in the forefront, constantly trying to find different threats. It's impressive, to say the least. All of that percolates down into their product because that's what drives their product.

I'd rate the solution at eight out of ten. The solution is consistently showing me that it has a very effective rubric that it follows through on in terms of identifying and remediating, particularly in the area of ransomware. They can handle everything without having to have somebody get down in the weeds and recover things. I like the automation that it brings into the work that's done. That was the wow factor that drew me to them, to begin with.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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