LABS GALLERY: Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection 9 Is Easy to Configure, Manage

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LABS GALLERY: Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection 9 Is Easy to Configure, Manage

LABS GALLERY: Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection 9 Is Easy to Configure, ManageBy Matthew D. Sarrel

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Sophos Download

It all starts by downloading the appropriate installation package and instructions from

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Sophos Enterprise Console

Sophos Enterprise Console provides all the information you need to quickly assess the security of your organization's endpoints.

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Sophos Dashboard

The dashboard shows alerts and errors at a glance. Clicking on any alert category brings up a list of computers with that alert condition.

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Standard Interface

I thought it was better to close the dashboard and work directly within the standard interface.

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Update Errors

Drilling down into specific groups and sorting by specific errors allowed me to quickly assess and correct issues with the Sophos environment.

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Computer Details

Double-clicking the computer entry from the previous screen opens up a detailed list of outstanding alerts and errors. It's very easy to go back and forth between single machines and entire groups while tweaking settings and verifying that they work.

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Solid Reporting

Solid reporting shows device control and data control events. Looking at this, I can tell who attempted to do what and when.

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Data Control Rules

Data control rules worked in my testing. Here, a file containing the text string "eweek" was blocked from being uploaded to Hotmail.

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App Warning

The age-old specter of an intrusive firewall rears its ugly head with Sophos. The average installation asks users far too many questions without providing enough education for them to answer.

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App Control Popup

This is the type of message a user gets when an application is blocked by policy. The last sentence—shown here as "Turn it down!"—is customizable.

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Advanced Firewall Settings

This is an example of advanced firewall settings. Clicking through the tabs across the top demonstrates the full functionality of the firewall solution.

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Device Control Policy

Device control allows administrators to provide full access, read-only or no access to removable devices such as USB memory sticks and optical drives.

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Application Control Policy

Application control allows administrators to quickly and easily prevent certain application types (such as Distributed Computing, shown here) from being run.

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Simple or Advanced

If only every question in life could come down to this: Would you like to configure simple or advanced policy? Simple is along the lines of "OK to use Windows file sharing" and advanced gets as granular as individual firewall rules.

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