The security of your business is key, to this end every business has a firewall. This is the protection in either software or hardware form which defends your corporate networks from the internet or other networks. The IT industry has been pushing businesses to choose best of breed solutions for each level of security and firewalls have been considered with the same methodology. However, these decisions are causing a siloed approach to security and protecting an environment.
With the modern threat landscape, it is more and more key that security throughout the organisation is designed with an integrated approach to allow increased visibility for identifying and remediating threats.
Sophos has recently released their next generation firewall, the Sophos XG, to provide this integration at different levels through a network using inter-product communication to strengthen the security within the environment. Utilising a security heartbeat, the next generation firewall is provided with visibility of the endpoint control software on the user device to remediate potential issues based on the actions being seen by the Sophos XG firewall. When the Sophos XG detects malicious traffic it is able to notify the Sophos client endpoint and dynamically update the firewall rules for this device. This endpoint communication action is the first stage to kick off an aggressive inspection and detection of the suspicious process to then terminate and potentially remove components of an infection.
For network or security administrators, the monitoring technologies within their organisation alerts or events are created at one level of the corporate security. By utilising an integrated approach much more visibility of the security event is possible. Rather than creating a time consuming investigation an administrator is able to easily see where the source of the issue has arisen and whether automated remediation was successful, or whether further manual actions are required.
Sophos has been very successful with their UTM firewall providing a unified threat management approach to security. They have been able to build on their experience with this device to create a new next generation firewall in the form of the Sophos XG . Any UTM customers will have the ability to upgrade to the Sophos XG firewall if the current device is running the SG Series hardware appliance.
Integration is the new best of breed!
For further information, please contact EACS.
PB, Infrastructure Team