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SherifFouad
Real User
IT Manager-Africa/Technical Services Manager at a mining and metals company with 201-500 employees
Jul 24 2018

What is most valuable?

The web and application filters, as well as the quality of service. It has a very friendly interface like the Cyberoam iNG units, it has customizable policies, it has proper templates that you can even modify, and you can customize the… more »

What needs improvement?

The major problem that I am facing, and I know that others are facing as well, is with the HTTPS classic, in general, or any classic that works on Secure Socket Layers. Let's say I set up a rule to block users from accessing YouTube or… more »

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

I've used heaps of them through the years. I've used Fortigate, which is now Fortinet. I've used Websense, they issued something like that years ago. ISS issued something like that years ago. Sophos UTM, along with Cyberoam UTM, since they… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice would vary based on your requirements. If you have a dedicated edge firewall, like Cisco ASA, you should get Cyberoam iNG and Sophos XG. They will do the job brilliantly. They will take the load, they will do a fantastic job. If… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was looking at either Cyberoam iNG or Sophos XG.
Real User
Senior IT Infrastructure Solutions Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 17 2018

What is most valuable?

* The ease of setting up the VPN connection. * The fact they have the cloud management option, I can manage it on a cloud platform. So anywhere I am, I can always manage the firewall. * The user… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It's cost-effective. We are not that big a company. It gives us the features that we need.

What needs improvement?

I would like the update process to be easier, to update the firmware of the boxes. I think it's much better automatically than having to do it manually: Download the file, do network discovery. If… more »

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

We were previously using a different solution, a Cisco ASA firewall, but it was not a next-generation of firewall, next-generation meaning it can do unified threat management. We wanted a new solution… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it an eight out of 10. I don't rate it "perfect" because it can always improve. But the features that come along with Sophos are very, very extensive. It gives me so many options, the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Sophos vs Fortinet and Sophos vs Cisco. The cost of Sophos was more competitive compared to the rest. We also considered the management and it was easier to manage than the rest. That's… more »
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Hesham Sakr
Real User
IT Infrastructure & Security Manager at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 08 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature, according to the setup we have at our work place here, is the flexibility of the system or the firmware that's running the appliance. It's so flexible, performing multiple rules with different configurations… more »

What needs improvement?

It is performing well. However, the only challenges that we are facing are the effectiveness with blocking the proxy and tuneling applications, aside from proxy and similar applications. So the application filter on the product is not… more »

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

Before Sophos there was mix of various legacy solutions that were not really considered firewall grade. The only specific thing that was used was a software-based firewall, but it was used on a very limited scale and only temporarily.

What other advice do I have?

When it comes to selecting a vendor I think the most important thing would be the level of support and how fast they can respond in critical cases. I would rate Sophos at eight out of 10. I cannot give it the best rating because there are… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The other vendors on the list were Fortinet and Palo Alto. Although it was really great with outstanding features, Palo Alto was far beyond our budget. And as for Fortinet, I was not really happy with the ease of use of the firewall and the… more »
Real User
Consultant Information Technology at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Jan 25 2018

What is most valuable?

* IPS * Very efficient * Web Filter * Captive Portal with Voucher and Application Control.

How has it helped my organization?

My clients gain efficiency in protecting against attacks from malware such as ransomware and hacker attacks. It also provides them efficient internet access control, and full visibility of ports, applications, and websites.

What needs improvement?

It could offer other important functions such as a DNS Filter for blocking botnet networks.

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

I still use Fortigate, also Sophos UTM. As I'm a solution consultant, I have different clients where each solution fits the environment.

What other advice do I have?

Excellent product, meets most of the security needs of companies of various sizes. You can buy it without fear.
Vikas-Gupta
Real User
Mr with 51-200 employees
Nov 21 2017

What is most valuable?

* Internet security, where we have one single point of console; where I can manage my endpoint and my gateway. * Any messages coming in, I am getting the intermission immediately. * If my endpoint is… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The product has been upgraded, and one of the features we were looking for has been incorporated into the newer version. It has allowed me to customize for my needs as well.

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

Pricing is very competitive in the market.

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

Our previous solution was Check Point. I switched to Sophos just because of the pricing issue.

What other advice do I have?

The support is awesome. QA is very simple, and the administration is very straightforward.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Only Check Point. That was the one product which I evaluated.
Sean Gambill
Real User
Lead NOC Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees
Jul 30 2017

What is most valuable?

For one, its ease of use is the most valuable feature. It's very easy to look at the logs and troubleshoot issues as they arise. Things just make sense and it is a very intuitive interface.

How has it helped my organization?

It is easier to use than Cisco ASA, so it has reduced our SLAs by a considerable margin.

What needs improvement?

The VPN and central management need to be improved, but that's being nit-picky. The IPsec VPNs are a little on the buggy side and you sometimes have to jump through hoops to get it to work. When I looked at them last, they were still in… more »

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

Previously, we were using another solution. However, we switched as we needed to upgrade our infrastructure.

What other advice do I have?

Get the professional support contract; it is well-worth it and those guys know their product very very well. It is a very solid product, easy to use and implement.
Danyllo Cabral
Consultant
IT Project Consultant at a tech services company
Jul 30 2017

What is most valuable?

* URL Filtering: because of the importance of controlling what and individual might access from the organization’s network. Sophos XG has 90+ categories, providing a level… more »

How has it helped my organization?

With a very intuitive and easy-to-use interface, it made it much easier to setup access and business rules, VPNs and to identify issues like Internet link outages and… more »

What needs improvement?

Sophos XG lacks link load balancing options like ratio and spill over, both useful in some scenarios. I also think they might consider improving the RAM of some of the… more »

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

Sophos is clearly trying to position itself as the market leader in the UTM niche. One way they are doing this is by having an aggressive pricing policy and this makes it… more »

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

No.

What other advice do I have?

Try to have the help of a Sophos Partner for the correct sizing and purchasing of an adequate licensing bundle. In addition, I would recommend having a PoC in place in… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, FortiGate.
Vendor
System Engineer with 51-200 employees
Jul 19 2017

What is most valuable?

Sophos RED, because this makes it very easy to deploy new sites, without the need of static IP addresses and a completely new firewall setup. The rule-based use is the… more »

How has it helped my organization?

With its central management console, it implements an intuitive management console with change tracking. So it’s easy to see who has made changes and to keep track of… more »

What needs improvement?

Email Protection has room for improvement. It doesn’t have an intuitive rule base. I would much like it to be like the Sophos UTM software. The level of detail in the… more »

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

Pricing of the hardware box is the same as Sophos UTM, but the licenses are a little more expensive. The most used license is the Enterprise Guard, it implements Network… more »

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

We used the Sophos UTM software. We did switch for some customers to the Sophos XG solution because of the customer’s needs.

What other advice do I have?

The product has much potential to be one of the best on the market according to bang for bucks. But look critically to the features you want and the features that are… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluate other options for our customers constantly. We select the product which is best suited to the situation. We evaluate Sophos UTM, Sophos XG, and Meraki.
Consultant
CEO at Makros SPA
Mar 20 2016

What is most valuable?

* Web and Application filter * Wireless integration * Email protection with encryption * Reporting and Dashboards

How has it helped my organization?

Mostly it's related to visibility as this platform allow us to see literally everything when it comes to traffic in a very easy and intuitive way.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the possibility to add or block some content directly from the log interface or the live view of the interface so that if I see that an IP address is consuming a lot of bandwidth, I can right click on it and set some kind of policy. Everything else its perfect.

What other advice do I have?

Contact a good partner with experience and follow the online KB for doubts. its almost everything there

What is Sophos XG?

Sophos XG Firewall is next gen firewall that is optimized for today’s business, delivering all the protection and insights you need in a single, powerful appliance that’s easy to manage.

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