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Last update: 2022-02-04

Windows Firewall Policy

You can monitor and configure Windows Firewall (and monitor other registered firewalls) on your computers and servers using a Windows Firewall policy.

You can apply a Windows Firewall policy to individual devices (computers or servers) or to groups of devices.


Other firewalls or your Windows Group Policy settings may affect how the policy is applied on individual computers and servers.

We advise that you test any firewall rules you create (locally or via Group Policy) to make sure that communication with Sophos is allowed.


If an option is locked global settings have been applied by your partner or Enterprise administrator.

Go to Endpoint Protection > Policies to manage Windows Firewall.

To set up a policy, do as follows:

  • Create a Windows Firewall policy. See Create or Edit a Policy.
  • Open the policy's Settings tab and configure it as described below. Make sure the policy is turned on.

Monitor Type

In Monitor Type, select the level of monitoring you want:

  • Monitor Only. Devices will report their firewall status to Sophos Central. This is the default option.
  • Monitor & Configure Network Profiles. Devices will report their firewall status to Sophos Central. You can also choose whether to block or allow inbound connections on Domain Networks, Private Networks, and Public Networks.

    Choose from:

    • Block All
    • Block (with exceptions). You must set up the exceptions locally on the computer or server. If you don't set up exceptions all inbound connections are blocked.
    • Allow All
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