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Sophos arms MSPs with more simplicity

Vendor is expecting its partners to take advantage of its latest release at a time when many in the industry are noticing a surge in demand for tools that reduce complexity

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

Sophos is encouraging its channel partners to view the launch of its Switch Series as a chance to take advantage of the reductions in management complexities that the technology offers.

The Sophos Switch Series is a range of network access layer switches that connect, power and control device access across a LAN and will work with the vendor’s other firewall and wireless products.

Channel partners can manage the switches remotely in the cloud through a central platform, which promises to make dealing with alerts, licences and installations simple and effective.

“Sophos Switch provides channel partners with a single source of management, monitoring and troubleshooting. It removes the complexities 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 technology officer (CTO) at Sophos.

“Channel partners further benefit with extended visibility across branch LANs through Switch integration with the Sophos adaptive cyber security ecosystem,” he added.

“We’re removing the complexities of multi-vendor deployments by providing organisations and channel partners with a single source of management, monitoring and troubleshooting”
Joe Levy, Sophos

Channel partners and MSPs will be able to offer eight, 24 and 48 ports straight away, with Sophos emphasising that the product will hit the sweet spot with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Switches are remotely managed in the cloud-based Sophos Central platform. This enables partners to oversee all customer installations, respond to alerts, and track licences and upcoming renewal dates via a single, intuitive interface.

“We’re removing the complexities of multi-vendor deployments by providing organisations and channel partners with a single source of management, monitoring and troubleshooting,” added Levy.

 Others in the industry are also expecting 2022 to be a year when demand for more automation and simplicity increases.

Abby Kearns, CTO of infrastructure automation security specialist Puppet, said customers would need to lean more on what technology can offer because of increasing complexity.

“The need for infrastructure automation is going to increase in 2022. With more organisations trying to run more workloads across an increasingly complex infrastructure estate that straddles both a large datacentre presence as well as multiple public clouds, automation at all levels is necessary to do this at any scale,” she said.

“Security continues to be at the forefront of everyone’s minds – with a rise in ransomware attacks and data breaches, not to mention the rise in identified vulnerabilities that need addressing. Security is important, but also the hardest thing to get right. Automation of security is going to be key, leveraging security tools and technologies that evolve and grow with your environment, while also taking the guesswork out of it,” she added.

“I believe we will also start to see a simplification of security products – helping address an ever-increasing gap in those with deep security expertise and the need for more people to address the increasingly complex estates that organisations now run.”

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