Sophos XG Review

Easy to set up, keeps extensive logs, and scans all traffic for malware


What is our primary use case?

We are going to be hosting our own website and we are using the Sophos XG because we want to make sure that it is well protected. We also want to make sure that the rest of our LAN is not compromised.

In addition to using this firewall ourselves, we resell the product to our customers. We have a well-trained team that can perform the implementation and deployment.

How has it helped my organization?

Our network is now much better protected than it was. If you don't have your network and your infrastructure secured, as a business, which is about more than just putting a firewall in place, then you're asking for trouble. There is a lot of hunting going on, and it's not just the large corporations. It's the small businesses, too.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it scans all of the data for any kind of malware.

It logs everything that goes in or out, and the logs are helpful.

The simplicity of the setup is very good. I can add whatever ports I need and it's pretty easy to set up.

What needs improvement?

It would be helpful if they had a set of standard templates because it would assist in the beginning, when you are just getting started. They do have a template, but I mean specifically for different use cases. For example, an existing template for setting up a web page would suggest what kind of security we need to have in place. They do have help menus and videos, but additional templates would be useful.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Sophos XG for about eight months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability has been rock solid and it hasn't gone down once.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

For me, there is essentially no limit when it comes to scaling. I have never used all of the connections but the limitation is between 50,000 and 200,000. I would say that scalability is enormous. If we had a bigger network then I would probably get a bigger Sophos.

At this point, we're just starting and only have three or four people who are regularly using it.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is awesome.

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

We did have a Cisco router prior to using Sophos XG, but I don't know much about Cisco or how to get it operational. I also realized that it was getting old, so we switched to a high-end Sophos model. With malware in this day and age, where we have a 6000% increase in the number of malware attacks compared to two years ago, we wanted to be well protected.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. If I can do it then anyone can do it. The deployment took a couple of hours. Because we are new to this type of solution, our strategy will be to begin by blacklisting everything and then whitelisting only the things that we need.

What about the implementation team?

Our in-house team handled the implementation and deployment. We have more than 200 people that are very well trained, so we can set up pretty much anything. 

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

We paid for our licensing for three years, upfront, and there are no costs in addition to the standard fees.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I evaluated several options and sought out advice before selecting Sophos XG.

What other advice do I have?

I am happy with this solution, which is one of the reasons that we are selling it. I don't like to sell or recommend things that I have not used. I have tried a lot of the features but I would say that there is a lot more potential I haven't even tested at this point.

I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

XG 135w
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
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