Security Heartbeat

Heartbeat connects cryptographically secure endpoint and Sophos XG Firewall via Sophos Central. This allows to exchange information between endpoint devices and Sophos XG Firewall. These information give a comprehensive overview of the network security. The administrator is able to define policies for network access based on the health status of the endpoint.

Endpoint devices and users need to authenticate via Sophos Central to connect to Sophos XG Firewall. The authentication works via a client which is available on Sophos Central and must be installed on the endpoint device. After the installation the endpoint uses the Sophos Endpoint Security and Control which is an integrated suite of security software, for example, antivirus, behavior monitoring and live protection. Sophos Endpoint Security and Control ensures that the endpoint device belongs to the system and has the permission to access the network.
Note For more information and documentation about Sophos Endpoint Security and Control visit the Sophos Website.
The endpoint sends a heartbeat signal in regular intervals to the Sophos XG Firewall to show that it is alive. Furthermore the endpoint also informs the Sophos XG Firewall about potential threats. If Sophos Endpoint Security and Control detects any threats, the endpoint sends this information to Sophos XG Firewall which declares the endpoints health status. According to the user policy, which defines the permission of the different colors, the endpoint is not able to connect to networks, zones or services.
Note You can enable Security Heartbeat and set the Minimum Heartbeat Permitted in the User Application Policy which is managed on the Firewall page in the Security Heartbeat section.
Note Please find a description of the enpoints health status colors on the Health Status page.

To use security heartbeat you need to register with your Sophos Central account. If you do not have an account you can create a new one. You can find more information about Sophos Central under: https://secure2.sophos.com/en-us/products/cloud.aspx.