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Integrate Forcepoint

You must have the Firewall integrations license pack to use this feature.

You can integrate Forcepoint Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) with Sophos Central so that it sends alerts to Sophos.

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 Forcepoint NGFW to the same appliance.

To do this, set up your Forcepoint NGFW integration in Sophos Central, then configure one Forcepoint NGFW instance to send logs to it. Then configure your other Forcepoint NGFW 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 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 Forcepoint NGFW 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 configure the integration, do as follows:

  1. In Sophos Central, go to Threat Analysis Center > Integrations > Marketplace.
  2. Click Forcepoint Next-Generation Firewall.

    The Forcepoint Next-Generation Firewall 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 Forcepoint Next-Generation Firewall. You can use an existing VM, or create a new one.

To configure the VM, do as follows:

  1. Enter an integration name and description.
  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 Forcepoint NGFW to send data to your appliance.

  6. In Protocol, TCP is pre-selected. You can't change it.

    When you configure Forcepoint NGFW to send data to your appliance, you must make sure it uses the same protocol.

  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 Forcepoint NGFW 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 Forcepoint NGFW

To forward logs to Sophos, you must add log forwarding rules to the Log Server, as follows:

  1. Select Home.
  2. Go to Others > Log Server.
  3. Right-click the Log Server from which you want to forward log data, and select Properties.
  4. Click the Log Forwarding tab.
  5. To create a rule, click Add.

    A settings table is shown.

  6. To select the external host to which data is forwarded, do as follows:

    1. Click the Target Host field.
    2. Select a host and click Select.
  7. To add a rule, click Add.

  8. Configure the log forwarding rule.

    For this integration, you must click the Format field and select CEF.

  9. Click OK.