We’ve been talking lately about the new Sophos XGS family of firewalls, with good reason. And today, it’s the turn of the Sophos XGS 126.

First thing is, Sophos’ new flagship line is now called, simply, Sophos Firewall. They have dedicated Xstream Flow processors, and apparently this is a good thing. These multi-core processors just make everything faster. Including the heavy-lift security functions like…

TLS 1.3 Inspection

According to the latest statistics, approximately 90% of web traffic is encrypted.Problem is, encryption makes traffic invisible to most firewalls.

The XGS 126 removes the blind spots caused by encrypted traffic. The speedy new processors allow you to use SSL Inspection without sacrificing speed and efficiency.

Deep Packet Inspection

Sophos believes you shouldn’t have to choose betrween security and performance. So, Sophos Firewall includes a fast Deep Packet Inspection engine. It scans your traffic without using a proxy, which tends to slow things down. The inspection processing is completely offloaded to the DPI engine. This reduces latency. In other words, it speeds things up.

Application Acceleration

Of course, let’s not forget that a lot of your network traffic is important application traffic. Traffic that’s supposed to be there, headed for branch offices, remote users, and so on. This trusted traffic can now be directed to FastPath, which will optimize performance further. This provides extra capacity for intelligently scanning traffic that does need DPI for malware and other threats.

The XGS 126 speeds up your SaaS, SD-WAN. So things like VoiP, video, and other trusted cloud traffic get pushed to FastPath either automatically, or by your own policies.

New Licensing options

In addition to the basic firewall features, there are three bundle options. They are the Network Protection, Web Protection, and Zero-Day protection options. Plus, there’s Sophos Central Management and Sophos Central Orchestration options for additional features and support. These are a topic all their own. And although Sophos recommends the Xstream Protection bundle for the most thorough security, you can customize your protection if you like. All subscriptions a available for individual purchase.

You can choose between hardware, AWS/Azure, virtual firewall, or software firewall options.

Sophos XGS 126 and XGS 126W Specs

There are some pretty advanced features like on-box reporting and dual AV scanning. It also has WAF AV scanning and an email message transfer agent functionality. It’s a desktop appliance, but there will be a rack mount unit available. The XGS 126 pushes 10.5 Gbps total firewall Throughput. IPS Throughput is 2.6 Gbps, Threat Protection Throughput is 900 Mbps, and Xstream SSL/TLS Inspection is 800 Mbps. The Wi-Fi option has 3×3:3 MIMO, with a single radio that runs 2.4 and 5 GHz. The wireless interface is 802.11ac.

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