Sophos Intercept X Advanced with XDR – It’s EDR on steroids!


We’ll start this article on Sophos Intercept X Advanced with XDR by talking about its’ predecessor. That is called Sophos Intercept X Advanced with EDR. This is an excellent product in its’ own right.After all, Sophos is a leader in both software and hardware security. They offer everything from firewalls to access points, endpoint protection, and way more. And you can manage every one of them from the Sophos Central dashboard.

Anyway, Intercept X Advanced with EDR is one of the latest security solutions from Sophos. It combines endpoint protection with endpoint detection and response into a single solution. Combining artificial intelligence with behavioral analysis, Sophos Intercept X Advanced with EDR provides a deep, layered defense. It’s a defense that can thwart most malware attacks. Let’s break down Sophos Intercept X Advanced with EDR and see what sets this solution apart.

Features of Sophos Intercept X

Sophos Intercept X Advanced with EDR protects superbly against malware attacks. At the same time, it guards your company’s network from infiltration. It does this by creating multiple defense layers to catch attacks that would normally slip through other defense systems. Intercept X Advanced with EDR combines traditional virus signature databases with heuristic scans to detect unknown and zero-day threats. If a threat is detected using the heuristic scan, it is first quarantined locally, inspected using Intercept X’s deep-learning AI, and then sent to Sophos’ cloud lab for inspection. Unlike most endpoint protection solutions, Intercept X Advanced with EDR does not run suspicious files in a local sandbox. This helps Sophos keep its solution from slowing down local systems, and effecting performance.

Intercept X Advanced includes a variety of different scanning engines, including real-time scanning of files, data loss protection, network threat protection and malicious behavior detection. It also includes CryptoGuard Ransomware protection, which uses behavioral monitoring to look for any malicious encryption of system files. Once detected, Intercept X stops threats immediately. Then it will start rolling back the files to their original state. In addition to the endpoint protection, Intercept X Advanced also includes EDR (endpoint detection and response). The EDR software presents a flow chart of each portion of the attack, along with details as to how the software infiltrated the company and what damage it did. You can export these charts as a .CSV file.

So what is XDR?

Recently, Sophos announced it is integrating its’ Sophos Intercept X Advanced with EDR with Sophos XDR. In other words, it is becoming Sophos Intercept X Advanced with XDR. XDR, or Extended Detection and Response, is a natural step in the evolution of EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response). Think of it as an approach that unifies information from multiple security products. It then automates and accelerates threat detection, investigation, and response in ways that isolated point solutions cannot.

XDR takes a much broader approach than EDR It provides visibility across all an organization’s endpoints, as well as the network, and the cloud. Typically, it analyzes the collected data. Then, it acts upon threats. Subsequently, it sends unified alerts and action items to security analysts. So, it’s holistic, in other words. XDR does a lot, and it involves multiple technologies. But it’s important to note that XDR isn’t necessarily a replacement for EDR, SIEM, SOAR, or anything else. Especially if you already have several layers of defense in place, and only need to tweak your defense posture. Or, if your organization just isn’t large enough to justify a full-on XDR set-up.

Intercept X Advanced with XDR Specs

Sophos Intercept X Advanced with XDR is an agent-based solution. So, you only need to install one piece of software on your endpoints to take full advantage of all of the features available in Intercept X Advanced with XDR. The solution works on Windows, Android, iOS, and Mac OSX operating systems. Installation packages can be installed locally, or by using a preconfigured link.

Sophos Intercept X Advanced with XDR does not include a firewall. However, Sophos offers an extensive line of firewalls, and other security appliances. Blogs and videos are available if you would like to know more about Sophos firewalls. Or you can contact one of our security experts at Corporate Armor. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Sophos line of products. Sophos continues to score quite high in 3rd party testing by companies like AV-Test. Their detection scores rank them with quite a few other anti-virus solutions. However, their low false-positive rate sets them apart from the competition.


Fully cloud managed, easy to install, low false positives, and high detection rate. Sophos Intercept X Advanced with XDR is the total package. Plus, it can be combined with other Sophos products services and managed in the same cloud dashboard. If you would like to know more about Intercept X Advanced with XDR, or any other Sophos security solution, reach out to us, or call Corporate Armor. at 877-449-0458. Our security experts can help you find the solution that best fits your business.