Sophos UTM Administrator Course (6-7 April, 2021)

This course is designed for technical professionals who will be administering Sophos SG UTM and provides the skills necessary to manage common day-to-day tasks. The course is available either online or as an instructor-led classroom course. It consists of presentations and practical lab exercises to reinforce the taught content, and electronic copies of the supporting documents for the course will be provided to each trainee through the online portal.

Sophos UTM Administrator Course (Tuesday 6 April 2021– Wednesday 7 April 2021)


On completion of this course, trainees will be able to:

  • Recognize the main technical capabilities and how they protect against threats
  • Complete common configuration tasks
  • Backup and restore the system
  • Complete common day-to-day tasks
  • View and manage logs and reports


There are no prerequisites for this course; however it is recommended that trainees should:

  • Have networking knowledge equivalent to CompTIA N+ or better
  • Be familiar with security best practices
  • Be able to setup a Windows server
  • Have experience of configuring and managing network gateway devices
  • Have knowledge of general Windows networking and Microsoft Active Directory

If you are uncertain whether you meet the necessary prerequisites to take this course, please email us at and we will be happy to help.


To become a Sophos Certified Administrator, trainees must take and pass an online assessment. The assessment tests their knowledge of both the presented and practical content. The pass mark for the assessment is 80%, and is limited to 4 attempts.

Location: NSS training center (broadcast via webex)

Duration: 1 1/2 days 

Lab Environment

Each student will be provided with a pre-configured environment which simulates a company network with two sites, a head office and a branch office and contains Windows Servers and two SG UTMs. 


Trainer: Michael Eleftheroglou

Day 1 Tuesday 6 April 2021 

9:30-10:00 Module 1: Security Threats and how the UTM Protects Against Them 

10:00-11:00 Module 2: Getting Started with UTM Firewall

11:00-12:00  Labs 

Configure a UTM using the Setup Wizard

  • Navigate the WebAdmin
  • Configure system settings
  • Create definitions
  • Configure interfaces and routing

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-13:10  Module 3: Network Protection

13:10-14:00  Labs 

  • Create firewall rules
  • Configure NATing
  • Demonstrate Advanced Threat Protection
  • Configure Intrusion Prevention (IPS)

14:00-14:35  Module 4: Site-to-Site Connections

14:35-15:00  Labs

  • Configure an SSL site-to-site VPN
  • Configure an IPsec site-to-site VPN

15:00-15:35 Module 5: Authentication  

15:35:16:15 Labs 

  • Configure local authentication and the User Portal
  • Configure external authentication using Active Directory
  • Enable one-time passwords
  • Configure Active Directory SSO for web filtering

16:15-17:00  Module 6: Web Protection and Application Control

Day 2  Wednesday 7 April 2021 

9:30-11:00 Labs 

  • Deploy the HTTPS CA certificate
  • Configure Filter Actions
  • Sophos Certified Administrator
  • Manage Websites
  • Configure Web Policies
  • Configure Web Profiles
  • Configure Application Control

11:00-11:35 Module 7 Email Protection

11:35-13:00 Labs

  • Enable and configure quarantine digests
  • Configure an Email Protection Policy for MTA mode
  • Encrypt emails that match a Data Control List using SPX
  • Manage quarantined items as a user

13:00-13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:15 Module 8 Wireless and Remote Access

14:15-14:40 Labs

  • Configure an SSL remote access VPN
  • Configure the HTML5 VPN Portal

14:40-15:10 Module 9 Endpoint Protection and Mobile Control 

15:10-15:40 Module 10 Logging, Reporting and Troubleshooting

15:40-16:10 Labs

  • Run, customize and schedule reports
  • View and manage log files
  • Use built-in support tools
  • Further