Sophos is very easy to use with Windows
February 23, 2016

Sophos is very easy to use with Windows

Dan Lepinski | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Sophos Endpoint Protection

We use Sophos across our entire infrastructure. We have a mix of Windows, Linux, and Apple products. Deploying Sophos out to Windows machines is a fairly easy and seamless process that can simply be done through the enterprise console to a machine anywhere that's connected to your network. The package must be manually installed on Linux and Mac, but updates to all machines will be automated once the client is installed.

Pros

  • Automatically installed on Windows machines.
  • Automatically updates.
  • The console gives you lots of control over your deployment. Including things like what version of the client software you want to run on your machines.
  • You can easily see what machines are, or aren't, checking in with the console.

Cons

  • It'd be nice if there was an automated deployment for Linux and Mac.
  • Visibility into Mac/Linux machines from the console could be better. Basically the functionality with Mac/Linux is very limited.
  • The enterprise console isn't very straight forward at first. It takes some time to get used to navigating the menus to find what you want.
  • We rarely have to think about Sophos when deploying Windows machines. The automated process does everything for us.
  • On Mac and Linux we have to remember to manually install Sophos.
  • Cleaning old machines from the console that longer exists can be tedious and time consuming at times.
I did not have an influence on the purchase of Sophos. However, from past experience with other antivirus products, Sophos doesn't seem to bog down the systems. It scans the second a file is touched, and is great at quarantining harmful files before they can become a problem. The email notifications when one of our users tries to open a potentially harmful file is a very nice plus to this product.
It's much more well suited in a Windows environment; simply because it was clearly built around supporting Windows machines. If you have a lot of Macs and/or Linux machines, you may want to consider looking elsewhere if you need the install process to be automated. Knowledge around scripting would obviously help a lot in that scenario. However, I'm not sure if there is an endpoint protection product out there that works seamlessly and is automated for Linux/Mac out of the box.

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