Network Defence

Sophos Web Gateway

Filtering of unwanted software/malware from user-initiated web traffic

The web is the number one source of security threats, with 80% originating from legitimate trusted sites. Sophos’ purpose-built secure web gateway appliance makes web protection simple. It provides advanced protection from today’s sophisticated web malware with lightning performance that won’t slow users down. And it allows full control and instant insights over all web activity on the network. Sophos Web Gateway provides security, visibility, and control for all desktop PCs, Macs and mobile devices, regardless of how or where they access the web.

Key features

Sophos’ advanced web protection engine intelligently scans web content and blocks the latest web threats. It accomplishes this by using advanced techniques like JavaScript emulation, behavioural analysis, context-sensitive inspection and dynamic URL analysis for both HTTP and HTTPS traffic. And unlike other web gateways, all this protection is possible without sacrificing any performance. Sophos Sandstorm enhances targeted attack protection, visibility and analysis. Sandstorm complements the advanced web protection engine to quickly and accurately detect, block, and respond to evasive threats using powerful next-generation sandbox technology.


  • Protects users from new zero-day threats and can be up and running in minutes with safe web browsing policies that minimise legal and organisational concerns around inappropriate content.
  • Easily accommodates user requests and custom policies and extends protection to offsite users easily.
  • Ensures browsing quota times can be enforced, and granular controls for social web applications mean that specific functions such as chat, games or comments can be disabled.
  • As well as blocking common anonymising proxy sites, the appliance can also dynamically identify proxy abuse in real-time, helping put a stop to rogue users trying to bypass corporate policy.
  • Emails scheduled reports directly to managers.
  • Supports the deployment of hardware or VMware-Ready appliances.
  • Safe search can also be activated to allow monitoring of inappropriate search terms.
  • Whether standard user-activity reports are required or custom reports with extensive drill down for deep forensic investigations, the Sophos Web Appliance has you covered.

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