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Sophos Server Protection - Windows, Linux and vShield
Defends your data from malware without sacrificing server performance.

Sophos Server Protection

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Defend your data from malware without sacrificing server performance. Sophos Server Protection protects your server environment from malicious attacks while keeping your servers running at optimum performance. Designed to secure business- critical servers, Sophos Server Protection includes server application whitelisting, advanced anti-malware, and behavior analysis. It's server security made simple, providing protection for your Windows, Linux, and UNIX systems, whether you're running physical or virtualized servers, on premise, or in the cloud, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure.


  • Protects against ransomware running locally or remotely
  • Synchronized Security with Destination Heartbeat
  • Protects and manage server policies for auto- scaling groups in AWS
  • Protects server images in Azure
  • Server Lockdown with application whitelisting
  • Advanced, policy-based rules
  • Simplified management from the cloud or an on-premise console

Better protection

Sophos Server Protection offers innovative features like anti-ransomware and pre-execution emulation for identifying suspicious behavioral patterns, giving you the broadest protection for your servers and data, including from zero-day attacks. Our CryptoGuard anti-ransomware detects and intercepts unsolicited encryption of files, resulting from ransomware running on a remote endpoint that is connected to the server. Server Lockdown uses application whitelisting to secure servers with a default deny policy, preventing all unauthorised applications from executing. Once a server is locked down, anti-malware and a Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) behavior analysis prevent content-based threats (such as an infected PDF or Word document) that could otherwise exploit vulnerabilities within whitelisted applications.

Sophos Server Protection also includes Malicious Traffic Detection, which monitors for traffic associated with malware. This feature enables early detection and removal of malware, along with Synchronized Security with Security Heartbeat to accelerate threat discovery, isolation, and remediation.

High-performance security built for servers

Servers are the repositories for the majority of most organizational data. With users needing continuous access, maximum uptime and optimal performance are of utmost importance. The server-specific policies provide out-of-the-box protection, giving you granular control of the lightweight agent. A variety of server-specific techniques enable small and fast updates, designed to require fewer server resources and mitigate any impact. Automatic application exclusions for key business applications, like Exchange or SQL, prevent false positives and needless rescanning of files.

Simple to use, including one-click Server Lockdown

Sophos Server Protection Advanced is the only solution that locks down your server with a single click, securing servers in a safe state and preventing unauthorised applications from running. With that click, Sophos automatically scans the system, establishes an inventory of known- good applications, and whitelists just those applications. Other whitelisting applications require the manual creation of rules to secure scripts and other system files, but Sophos manages the connections between applications and the associated files, such as DLLs, data files, and scripts.

Server Lockdown is only an example of how Sophos has made server security simple. With policy- based rules for server groups, as well as application, peripheral, and web control, Sophos makes it easy to control what happens on your servers, whether they be physical, virtual, or in the cloud

Cloud or on-premises management

When it comes to managing your servers, you have options. Our cloud-based Sophos Central, hosted by Sophos, provides instant access to new features with no console servers to set up and maintain. It also manages other Sophos products, including Endpoint, Mobile, Wireless, Email, and Web - all from a single pane of glass.

If you prefer to manage your servers with an on-premises console, Sophos Enterprise Console provides you with that option. Either way, you get sophisticated functionality coupled with a simple, intuitive interface for your servers and your users' workstations, too.

Security for every platform

With support for a broad range of platforms, you can protect every server in your organization. In addition to Windows Server, Sophos Server Protection secures the most common variants of Linux and Unix-based operating systems.

Technical Specifications:

Windows Server

Supported platforms
Windows Server 2008 R2 and later
System requirements
Disk space: 1 GB minimum
RAM: 1 GB* minimum
Supported languages
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese

*If using lockdown, the required memory is 2 GB.

Linux Server

Supported platforms
Novell Open Enterprise Server
Oracle Linux
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
System requirements
Disk space: 1 GB minimum
RAM: 1 GB minimum
Supported languages
English, Japanese

UNIX Server

Supported platforms
Solaris (SPARC and Intel)
System requirements
Disk space: 1 GB minimum
RAM: 1 GB minimum
Supported languages
English, Japanese

How to Buy:

Sophos Server Protection can be deployed on a physical server, or run on a VM (either in your datacenter or on AWS or Azure). It can be managed either through the Sophos-maintained Sophos Central website, or through an on-premises management console. Both deliver outstanding performance and protection. See the table to licensing options below for details of the features available across the two price tiers on both Sophos Central and on premises with the Sophos Enterprise Console (purchased separately).

On-Premises Managed/Sophos Enterprise Console Cloud Managed/Sophos Central
  Server Protection for Virtualization, Windows, and Linux Server Protection Enterprise Central Server Protection Standard Central Server Protection Advanced
Pricing Per Server Per Server Per Server Per Server
Windows Server
UNIX (AIX and Solaris)
Application Whitelisting and Server Lockdown1
Live Protection
Web Security/Download Reputation
Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA)
Web Control (URL blocking),
Application Control (Limit access per category),
Peripheral Control (e.g., USB),
Data Loss Prevention
Automatic Scanning Exclusions1
Amazon Web Services Integration
Azure Support
CryptoGuard anti-ransomware Add on2
Malicious Traffic Detection
Sophos Enterprise Console
On-Premise Server
Sophos Central
Cloud-Based Management
Manages Sophos Endpoint, Mobile, Email, Web Gateway, and Wi-Fi

1All features available on Windows. Not all features are currently available on Linux.

2CryptoGuard available via add-on Endpoint Exploit Prevention (EXP) license for Windows Servers.


Download the Sophos Server Protection Data Sheet (PDF).

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