The first phase of the Early Access Program (EAP) has been very successful with hundreds of participants testing this early solution in a variety of different environments and providing valuable feedback. 

We are now preparing to end the first phase on August 10th, in preparation for the second phase of the program: EAP2 which will begin in early October.

Please note:  on August 10th, current ZTNA capabilities in Sophos Central will be removed to enable setup for the second phase. Any ZTNA gateway instances will continue to run, servicing client requests, but no changes can be made via Sophos Central after August 10th.

The next phase of this program will begin rolling-out early access to the planned shipping capabilities of the Sophos ZTNA product such as a Windows client with integrated deployment alongside Sophos Intercept X, Synchronized Security integration for device health, and additional platform support for ZTNA gateways and identity providers.

Here’s a full list of the features and supported platforms expected in the generally available (GA) shipping release:

  • Identity providers: the initial release will support Microsoft’s Azure and Okta. On-premise AD is supported for directory structure for user-based policy only.
  • MFA: initial support for any MFA that integrates with the above IDPs (Azure and Okta)
  • Gateway platforms: VMware ESXi 6.5 and newer, AWS with new VPC support initially (existing VPC support to follow)
  • Clustering and HA: Support for additional high-availability gateways at no added cost for redundancy and load capacity
  • Single arm & dual arm: additional deployment options to support network topology requirements
  • ZTNA Client supported OS: Windows with deployment alongside Intercept X (macOS mobile, Linux and others to be released following GA)
  • Accessible apps and resources: all browser-based web applications in agentless mode; TCP and UDP applications like SSH, VNC, RDP, and others via the ZTNA client.
  • Access policies: user group-based policies, Sync Sec health-based access policies
  • Reporting, monitoring, logging, and auditing of application status, access, and usage through Sophos Central
  • User Portal for end users to access bookmarked applications

We will provide additional updates here as we get closer to the next phase of the EAP. Thank you very much for your support and feedback during this important early access program.