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Log collector

You can integrate Apex Central with Sophos Central so that it sends audit data to Sophos for analysis.

This integration uses a log collector hosted on a virtual machine (VM). Together they're called an appliance. The appliance receives third-party data and sends it to the Sophos Data Lake.


You can add multiple instances of Apex Central to the same appliance.

To do this, set up your Apex Central integration in Sophos Central, then configure one Apex Central instance to send logs to it. Then configure your other Apex Central instances to send logs to the same Sophos appliance.

You don't have to repeat the Sophos Central part of the setup.

The key steps to add an integration are as follows:

  • Configure an integration for this product. This configures an image to use on a VM.
  • Download and deploy the image on your VM. This becomes your appliance.
  • Configure Apex Central to send data to the appliance.


Appliances have system and network access requirements. To check that you meet them, see Appliance requirements.

Configure an integration

To integrate Apex Central with Sophos Central, do as follows:

  1. In Sophos Central, go to Threat Analysis Center > Integrations > Marketplace.
  2. Click Trend Micro Apex Central.

    The Trend Micro Apex Central page opens. You can configure integrations here and see a list of any you've already configured.

  3. In Data Ingest (Security Alerts), click Add Configuration.


    If this is the first integration you've added, we'll ask for details about your internal domains and IPs. See My domains and IPs.

    Integration setup steps appears.

Configure the VM

In Integration setup steps you configure your VM as an appliance to receive data from Apex Central. You can use an existing VM, or create a new one.

To configure the VM, do as follows:

  1. Add a name and description for the new integration.
  2. Enter a name and description for the appliance.

    If you've already set up a Sophos appliance, you can choose it from a list.

  3. Select the virtual platform. Currently we support VMware ESXi 6.7 Update 3 or later and Microsoft Hyper-V 6.0.6001.18016 (Windows Server 2016) or later.

  4. Specify the IP settings for the Internet-facing network ports. This sets up the management interface for the VM.

    • Select DHCP to assign the IP address automatically.


      If you select DHCP, you must reserve the IP address.

    • Select Manual to specify network settings.

  5. Select the Syslog IP version and enter the Syslog IP address.

    You'll need this syslog IP address later, when you configure Apex Central to send data to your appliance.

  6. Select a Protocol.

    You must use the same protocol when you configure Apex Central to send data to your appliance.

  7. Click Save.

    We create the integration and it appears in your list.

    In the integration details, you can see the port number for the appliance. You'll need this later when you configure Apex Central to send data to it.

    It might take a few minutes for the VM image to be ready.

Deploy the VM


If you're using ESXi, the OVA file is verified with Sophos Central, so it can only be used once. If you have to deploy another VM, you must create an OVA file again in Sophos Central.

Use the VM image to deploy the VM. To do this, do as follows:

  1. In the list of integrations, in Actions, click the download action for your platform, for example Download OVA for ESXi.
  2. When the image download finishes, deploy it on your VM. See Deploy a VM for integrations.

Configure Apex Central

Now configure Apex Central to send audit data to your appliance, as follows:

  1. Go to Detections > Notifications > Notification Method Settings.
  2. In the Syslog Settings section, enter the following:

    • Server IP address: The syslog IP address of your appliance. You set this earlier in Sophos Central.
    • Port: The port number of your appliance.
    • Facility: Select the facility code.
  3. Click Save.

Turn on syslog forwarding

We use syslog forwarding to send data to the Sophos appliance.

To forward syslog traffic, do as follows:

  1. Log in to Apex Central console using an Administrator account.
  2. Go to Administration > Settings > Syslog Settings.
  3. Select Enable syslog forwarding.
  4. Configure the following settings:

    • Server address: The syslog IP address of your appliance.
    • Port: The port number of your Sophos appliance.
    • Protocol: Select TCP or UDP. Choose the same one that you set up for your appliance.
  5. Select CEF as the log format:

  6. Select the log types to forward:

    1. Select a log category from the Log type drop-down list:

      • Security logs
      • Product information
    2. Select the check boxes for the logs you want to forward. Apex Central shows the total number of selected log types next to the Log type list.

    3. You can select another log category from Log type dropdown list.
  7. Click Test Connection to test the server connection. The syslog server connection status appears at the top of the screen.

  8. Click Save.

    Apex Central starts forwarding logs to your appliance. The data should appear in the Sophos Data Lake after validation.

    To monitor the log forwarding status, go to Administration > Command Tracking and select Forward Syslog from the Command drop-down list.

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