Here are some of the thing I love about Fastvue Sophos Reporter:
- Automated weekly reports
- Automated report distribution
- Alert system (I catch almost as much as pouring over a report)
- The reports themselves are easy for non-IT people to learn how to parse
- Site Clean made it even easier for the managers to understand. How do you explain what a cdn is to the accounting manager etc…
- I have built my report filters around what I defined as web filter actions on my UTM
- Drilling down from within a report is very cool, one can select a user in a department and from the original report kick off a new one detailing an individual’s activity.
The best part for me is that once I setup the reports and who they go to, I am out of the loop totally. The department manager can parse through the report, run more detailed reports, and take action without involving me at all as a net admin.
Scott Bentoske (FEC Automation Systems)
Obviously the reporting power of Fastvue is significantly better than the factory Sophos reporting. The visibility of who’s been doing what has been absolutely fantastic. When our DEMO ran out I literally felt ‘blind’ as to what was going on with people surfing, etc.
I primarily use it to see where people are going and when and for how long. I’ve set some auto reports to send to the owner and other managers for unassigned/unproductive/unacceptable.
I also selected Fastvue because I found that they had a much or more information available on their website for configuring the Sophos UTM as Sophos did. Finally working with Scott (and others) in support has also been a total pleasure and they’re willing to go above and beyond to make the customer or customer to be completely satisfied 🙂
Nicholas Toupin (Hopedale Public Schools)
Fastvue Sophos Reporter has allowed me to do queries/searches for specific data/occurrences based on users, IP’s, times, etc. that without FSR is extremely difficult to get results for through the Sophos base logging/reporting system. What normally would have taken half an hour to find in the Sophos web protection / web usage report can now be done in a few minutes with much more detail. It’s allowed me to actually be able to monitor web traffic a lot more and find those that may be abusing or violating our policies. In addition the graphs and visual top lists make monitoring the network much easier as well.
It’s main use has been ensuring users do not violate policies in place. Although web filtering is pretty easy with the Sophos UTM, people find ways around it and some things can’t simply be blocked and need to be monitored. Main functionality of FSR for me has been the alert system that I set up common things to look for such as search terms, downloads of large sizes over an hour, and malicious site visitations. All of these are important to be notified about ASAP in a school environment to ensure the proper use and performance of our network. I find myself using the user activity reports frequently in conjunction with looking at “top users” for bandwidth to see where, how long, what types of file extensions, etc. students have visited to get on that top bandwidth area.
Although the web filtering part of Sophos UTM is great, the reporting and ease of going through the data logged was lacking. At this point it wasn’t a do or die situation, however as our district moves towards BYOD and 1:1 initiatives, gaining hundreds of more devices connecting to our wireless every year, the need to have this ability to monitor and report on such use would have been required sooner rather than later.
Andrew Mujaranji (Medtech Distribution)
What I really like is the ability to easily see which file has been the biggest download and which user and website this file was downloaded from, this is seriously important for any network admin. I think you are on the right track in as far as reporting for sophos xg firewall is concerned.
I also like the ability to easily see websites visited as in the actual domain and it’s address and the reports for user activity are really great, i am now able to see who and what is slowing down the network and why.
Brian Fulmer (American Incorporated)
I like it! Your product has resolved a lot of the anxiety I was feeling about seeing activity in the native logs, yet not feeling I had a handle on what was actually happening.
We were laughing watching the bandwidth monitor on the dashboard, as one PM was banging his head against the wall trying to upgrade his Surface Pro 3. 10GB later of failed attempts on a domain joined machine he gave up. Nice to have a funny bandwidth hog report instead of a mystery on my hands!
Great product, thanks much!
David Sewell, WMK (NZ Local Government/Council)
Fastvue Sophos Reporter has made the Sophos UTM a very powerful Proxy server. We can now manage our staff internet access without guessing. We can also provide monthly reports to Managers and also send browsing reports to HR for inappropriate use (this has already occurred!). It is also giving us good insight to our bandwidth usage.
The most important things that Fastvue provides over the Sophos reporting options (on-box or iView) are being able to group “junk” internet access together, the ‘clean’ view filter, on demand and scheduled reports, filters and alerts. It makes reporting against Internet usage very easy and friendly to use. Non-technical staff/managers can now view reports and get a meaningful and clear picture of what is happening.
We have the Sophos iView product installed, and quickly found that it was very limiting when it came to find out what was happening. I was initially hoping to use this when I discovered Fastvue, and instantly found Fastvue to be infinitely easier and clearer to work with.
Without Fastvue we would have been looking at other products to deal with the web protection, just solely because the reporting from the UTM and iView is severely lacking in capability.
Aaron Maas, IT Coordinator (Seajacks UK Limited)
Fastvue Reporter has allowed us to identify urls that wouldn’t have been so obvious before, and we’ve had comments from our vessel crew saying Internet browsing on their satellite connection has improved since blocking facebook videos and icloud AWS urls.
Steven Turner, University of Melbourne Commercial Office
Fastvue Sophos Reporter has allowed me to quickly and easily produce reports each month and link back the network usage to departments and staff. I utilise this software primarily to cost back the Internet usage per department at the end of each monthly cycle.
We tested the Sophos reporting utility when we first installed the UTM’s at the site. We discovered at the time that there was a fault in the reporting feature that did not allow you to view the report in Departments. It also required manually adding staff to the department lists in the UTM (as it did not pull this information from AD), and we found that in some cases it would not display where the data usage was coming from. This made it impossible to accurately report on Internet Usage per department.
If not for the Fastvue Sophos Reporter, we would have been unable to utilise the Sophos UTM firewalls as we need to be able to accurately provide these cost back options across the company. We operate with individual departmental budgets, and therefore if the reporting side is not sufficient then we will have charges that we cannot cost back and therefore would incur a higher corporate charge for the Internet Usage.
Blake Hensley (Crain Walnut Shelling)
Fastvue Sophos Reporter gives a much better picture of user activity compared to the UTM’s built-in reports. We use the software for user activity reporting for management. User activity reporting was a requirement for our next-generation firewall solution. Without the Fastvue software, we would definitely have gone in a different direction.
Steve Griffiths, Strategic Group (MSP)
Fastvue Sophos Reporter has better reporting, and it’s easier to configure “out of the box” than iView, and the UTM itself.
We use Fastvue Sophos Reporter for reporting company-specific information to our clients (we are an MSP) in a scheduled and controllable manner so that they can better monitor staff usage.
The ability to segregate information on a per-company basis without having multiple UTM devices is very simple and easy to configure. We considered alternatives to UTM, but as a combination, the two products allowed us a better combined feature set.
Jack Dobiash (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde)
We mainly use the Fastvue software for running detailed usage reports for specific individuals when HR requires the information for an investigation. It was a feature we had with our Websense software when we were running Microsoft’s TMG product and it was very detailed and efficient, so we tried to find something that would give us at least some similar functionality.
We needed a replacement to TMG relativity quickly and the UTM by itself provided all of our requirements except that it’s reporting was lacking. I guess you could say that finding Fastvue’s software did make the decision to move forward with Sophos UTM easier.