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Sophos Synchronized Security – A new approach to IT security

Last updated: 23rd June 2017

Synchronized Security from Sophos is a revolutionary new approach that automates threat discovery, investigation and response by enabling security technologies to work together. As an educational establishment, you may be aware that for decades, the security industry has been treating network security and endpoint security as completely different entities.

Share intelligence in real time between your endpoints and firewall

Advanced attacks are more coordinated than ever before. Now, your defences are too. Sophos is revolutionizing security by synchronizing next-generation network and next-generation endpoint security, giving you unparalleled protection.

Synchronizing your security system

To stop sophisticated threats, you need security products that work together as a system – protecting your users and corporate data across all points of the network. With Sophos Synchronized Security, that’s exactly what you get. This simple step of synchronizing security products that previously operated independently creates more effective protection against advanced malware and targeted attacks.

Accelerated discovery of advanced threats

Ding! Your firewall is alerting you to suspicious traffic coming from somewhere on your network. But what’s causing it? With the Security Heartbeat, Sophos Firewall OS instantly and automatically communicates to the suspect system exactly what the firewall is detecting. The Sophos next-gen endpoint protection agent immediately uses that information to discover the process behind the threat.

Active identification of compromised systems

IP addresses make it easy for computers to communicate, but they don’t make it simple for IT professionals to track down compromised computers. Thanks to Security Heartbeat, your firewall has all the information you need to respond quickly: the name of the computer that’s misbehaving, the active directory user who’s logged in, and the file path of the process that’s sending malicious traffic. Now you can spend your time fixing the problem instead of finding the problem.

Automated incident response

If a computer is infected, do you really want it connecting to the Internet, where it can leak data or get instructions from an attacker? Security Heartbeat automates the important step of isolating compromised endpoints. Devices share their current security status with the Sophos Firewall OS, which instantly applies a customizable policy to restrict or isolate infected systems. It’s endpoint and network working synchronously to thwart the latest threats and prevent breaches.

Instant visibility into endpoint security status

Alerts provide important real-time information, but sometimes you just want a snapshot of your network’s security ‘health’. Security Heartbeat gives you instant visibility into the security status of all your protected endpoints. A simple red, yellow, or green indicator lets you know in real time, which systems require immediate attention, which can be addressed at your convenience, and which are good to go.

Requirements for Sophos Security Heartbeat

To take advantage of Sophos Security Heartbeat, you will need Sophos Next-Gen Endpoint Protection and a Next-Gen Firewall powered by Sophos Firewall OS.

Simple Synchronization

You don’t need any additional hardware or software to set up synchronized security. Just enter your Sophos Central credentials into your firewall console and the Security Heartbeat will be established automatically.


For more information on how Sophos synchronized security can secure your network, call us on 01974 200 201 or email