Sophos UTM Elevated 9.4 is now available!

After a successful beta, we’re pleased to announce the initial availability of UTM Elevated 9.4.

UTM 9.4 elevates protection against targeted and evasive threats with the addition of Sophos Sandstorm, supports the latest RED 15w and AP 15C hardware, and adds some of your top requested features.

Here’s everything you need to know about the roll-out of UTM Elevated 9.4.

In this initial soft launch phase, you can download the 9.4 Up2Date package and apply it to your existing UTM 9.35 device, or download the full 9.4 ISO installer for new software or virtual deployments.

Up2Date Package:

ISO Installer:

The automatic roll-out of Up2Date packages to active UTM devices is expected to start in early April, with general availability to follow some time after that. As usual, updates are free for all customers with an active subscription license.

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Sophos Sandstorm and hardware availability and pricing

UTM Elevated 9.4 includes a new protection subscription for Sophos Sandstorm. Orders can be processed starting on March 25th. Since Sophos Sandstorm works to protect against web downloads and email attachments, as you might expect it also requires one of Web or Email Protection subscriptions or FullGuard or TotalProtect.

UTM Elevated 9.4 also includes support for the new RED 15w and AP 15c, which are already available for purchase.

Please contact your partner or reseller for pricing on these options.

Please note that the SG 85(w) model that was originally anticipated to launch alongside UTM Elevated 9.4 will come later, as the product team is still working on enabling the UTM 9 firmware to run on such a diskless device with performance and functionality that meet our high standards.

What’s new in UTM Elevated 9.4

Check out this video overview of what’s new in UTM 9.4 including a demo of Sophos Sandstorm on the UTM.


Extending zero-day protection

Today’s hackers are employing more targeted attacks with highly evasive, never-before-seen malware designed to breach security systems to gain access to a company’s resources, credentials and data. So while conventional anti-malware is still a critical first line of defense, it’s no longer enough in combating modern attacks.

Most next-generation sandboxing solutions designed to identify unknown malware are too complex and expensive for most businesses like yours to even consider. That’s why we’ve developed Sophos Sandstorm, a new subscription option that gives you an advanced malware defense solution. Sandstorm is a cloud-based sandbox solution that provides targeted attack protection, visibility and analysis that rises above the competition.

Sandstorm is simple, effective and affordable. You get enterprise-grade protection without the enterprise price tag or complexity.

Get the new Sandstorm datasheet.


Expanding the hardware line-up

RED 15w adds integrated wireless to the new RED 15 with a single radio supporting 802.11n 2×2:2 MIMO.

AP 15c packages the popular, new and affordable entry-level access point into a ceiling smoke-detector type chassis. It offers the same great performance and value as the AP 15 desktop model with a single radio with 300Mbps of 802.11n throughput – but now with a choice of band (either 2.4GHz or 5GHz).


Enhancing the firmware features

UTM Elevated 9.4 also delivers some of your top-requested features.

WAF Persistent Session Cookies improve the user experience when interacting with business applications protected by the Sophos UTM, reducing repeated sign-in prompts.

STAS (Sophos Transparent Authentication Suite) provides reliable transparent SSO authentication for network users, without requiring a client on the endpoint. STAS employs an agent on the Microsoft Active Directory Server that monitors and stores authentication activity and exchanges authentication information with the UTM, making user-based policy rules and enforcement easy.

IPv6 SSL VPN Support adds much requested support for IPv6 VPN connectivity with the UTM.


As usual, please head over the the Sophos Community Forums for UTM to share your feedback.

And thank you…

A special “Thank You” for your support in helping us continue to build award-winning products!

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