A Firewall Designed With Securing Educational Institutions in Mind

XG Firewall includes features purpose built to help universities, higher education, K-12, and primary or secondary educational institutions overcome key challenges:

  • Powerful web filtering policy. Built-in policies for CIPA compliance plus other education-specific features for SafeSearch and YouTube control.

  • Child safety and compliance. Fast-track compliance with our built-in policy settings and important features to monitor online activity.

  • Context-aware keyword filtering. Identify problematic behavior like cyberbullying before it becomes a real problem.

  • Insights into top risk users. Identify users with risky online behavior so you can take appropriate action.

  • Chromebook Support. Add to our extensive user authentication options to enable full user-based policy and reporting on every platform.

  • Top-rated protection from threats. Ensure you’re not wasting time cleaning up malware outbreaks or recovering from ransomware.

Powerful Online Compliance Tools


Powerful Web Filtering Policy

XG Firewall provides a powerful and intuitive web policy model. Normally you would only find this in dedicated enterprise web filtering products costing many times more. It makes managing multiple user- and group-based custom policies a breeze. And, XG Firewall correlates each user’s surfing habits and activity with advanced threat triggers and history. This identifies those displaying risky online behavior.

Child Safety and Compliance

XG Firewall provides built-in features and policy settings to help organizations comply with local regulations quickly and easily. XG Firewall includes built-in policies for CIPA and pre-defined activities like “Not Suitable for Schools.” You’ll also access features such as SafeSearch, YouTube restrictions, and Keyword Filtering to enable child safety online.

Context-aware Keyword Filtering

With XG Firewall, you can identify potentially problematic behavior early on. XG Firewall can log, monitor, and even enforce policies related to keyword lists related to bullying, radicalization, or self-harm (for example). You can schedule reports to identify users at risk and get details about their activities. This includes what and where they are posting or which sites they are visiting.

Identify Risky Users

With Unique Features You Can’t Get Anywhere Else


XG Firewall helps you identify your top risk users based on recent web activity and threat and infection history. A user’s risk score can be an indication of unintentional actions. This could be due to a lack of security awareness or the sign of a rogue or negligent user.

XG Firewall offers the most extensive set of user authentication options available on any firewall. This includes Active Directory integration and Chromebook support. It even includes our unique Synchronized User ID solution that makes user identity completely transparent and trouble-free.

Identify Tunneling and Evasive Applications

XG Firewall’s Synchronized Security Endpoint Integration identifies all unknown, evasive, and custom applications running on your network. You’ll be able to easily identify rogue applications like Psiphon and block them.


How it works:

  1. Synchronized Application Control is activated whenever there is unidentified application traffic on the network

  2. Intercept X shares the application path and executable with XG firewall through Security HeartbeatTM

  3. XG Firewall automatically classifies the new app and you can change its category any time

  4. The new application can now be controlled by policy to block, throttle, or prioritize it

Put Your Network Protection on Autopilot

XG Firewall is part of the world’s best cybersecurity system, integrating in real time with Sophos Central and Intercept X.


Monitor Health and Identify Threats

XG Firewall and Intercept X work together to continuously share health information over Security Heartbeat™. This monitors the state of your network and instantly notify you if there’s an incident.

Automatic Threat Isolation

When either XG Firewall or Intercept X identifies a threat, they work together to provide an automatic response. Dynamic firewall rules and lateral movement protection isolates a compromised host to prevent spread, hacker communication, and data loss.

100% Application Visibility

Intercept X is constantly sharing networked application information with XG Firewall. Together, they identify, control, and provide SD-WAN routing of your important business apps all while blocking any unwanted apps.

One Cloud Console to Manage It All

Sophos Central

Sophos Central enables you to manage all your IT security protection through a single cloud-based platform.

The Sophos Central dashboard consolidates all your alerts, enabling you to focus on what’s important. It also makes central management of your firewalls and other Sophos products a breeze.

Sophos Central is accessible from anywhere, on any device, at any time. It doesn’t get any easier – and it’s free. You don’t need to deploy anything or pay extra to make your life easier with Sophos Central.