Sophos arms MSPs with greater simplicity

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Customers are increasingly looking for security to be delivered without complexity and steps are being taken across the industry to ensure the channel is armed with solutions to meet this demand.

Sophos encourages its channel partners to view the launch of its Switch series as a chance to take advantage of the reductions in management complexity that technology offers.

The Sophos switch series is a range of network access layer switches that connect, power and control access to devices on a local area network and work with the vendor’s other firewall and wireless products.

Channel partners can manage switches remotely in the cloud through a central platform, which promises to make processing alerts, licenses and installations simple and efficient.

“Sophos Switch provides channel partners with a single source for management, monitoring and troubleshooting. It removes the complexity of multi-vendor deployments with consolidated remote management on Sophos Central, making it easier than ever to connect, power and control devices accessing the network,” said Joe Levy, chief technical officer (CTO) at Sophos.

“Channel partners further benefit from extended visibility into local branch networks through Switch’s integration with Sophos’s adaptive cybersecurity ecosystem,” he added.

“We remove the complexity of multi-vendor deployments by providing organizations and channel partners with a single source for management, monitoring and troubleshooting”

Joe Levy, Sophos

Channel partners and MSPs will be able to offer eight, 24 and 48 ports immediately, with Sophos stressing that the product will hit the small and medium-sized business (SMB) sweet spot.

The switches are managed remotely on the cloud-based Sophos Central platform. This allows partners to oversee all customer installations, respond to alerts, and track upcoming licenses and renewal dates through a single, intuitive interface.

“We take the complexity out of multi-vendor deployments by providing organizations and channel partners with a single source for management, monitoring and troubleshooting,” added Levy.

Others in the industry also expect 2022 to be a year of growing demand for more automation and simplicity.

Abby Kearns, CTO of infrastructure automation security specialist Puppet, said customers should rely more on what technology can deliver due to increasing complexity.

“The need for infrastructure automation will increase in 2022. With more and more organizations trying to run more workloads on an increasingly complex infrastructure fleet that straddles both a presence important in a data center and multiple public clouds, automation at all levels is necessary to achieve this at any scale,” she said.

“Security continues to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind, with an increase in ransomware attacks and data breaches, not to mention an increase in identified vulnerabilities that need to be patched. Safety is important, but also the hardest thing to do right. Security automation is going to be key, leveraging security tools and technologies that evolve and grow with your environment, while taking the guesswork out of it,” she added.

“I think we’re also going to start to see a simplification of security products – helping to close an ever-growing gap among those who have deep security expertise and the need for more people to deal with areas of greater more complex than organizations now manage.”

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