Mac Big Sur Sophos

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Can users with macOS 11 and the new Apple M1 hardware run Sophos Mac Endpoint Protection with the Big Sur EAP?
Yes. M1 users with Big Sur need to follow three steps:

  1. Install Rosetta 2
  2. Join the Big Sur EAP
  3. Run Sophos using Rosetta 2

After completing the Sophos Home installation, or upgrading to Catalina 10.15, macOS users will need to perform additional steps in order to allow Sophos Home to fully protect their systems (especially to run Scans, and automatically remove malware from user folders), as well as to allow notifications to appear.This is due to a new security feature introduced by macOS 10.15-Catalina, related. On Premise (SEC): Sophos Anti-virus for MacOS version 9.10.2 and above have full support for Big Sur, and support for M1 processors via emulation (Rosetta 2).

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What is Rosetta 2?
Rosetta 2 is a commonly used tool that enables a Mac with Apple silicon to use apps built for a Mac with an Intel processor. For instructions on installation, please refer to https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT211861

Will there be a performance difference when using Rosetta 2?
Native support using the full power and performance of the Apple hardware will always be faster than using Rosetta 2. For normal business users there should not be any discernable difference. For heavy users of disk or CPU (for example: video editing, heavy photoshop usage, compiling) they will notice a difference in performance.

When is macOS 11 support coming?
The goal is to have macOS 11 support available to all customers by early March 2021. This includes support for both Sophos Central and Sophos Enterprise Console (SEC) managed devices. Brand new customers will have support from mid-February 2021. We will be upgrading all existing customers in stages, between mid-February and early March as per our normal release process.

Will Apple M1 Hardware be supported when we release Big Sur support?
Yes and this support will come in two stages. Stage 1 will be using Rosetta 2 and Stage 2 will be native support.

When will M1 processors be natively supported?
An early access program for native Apple M1 processor support will begin in early April. Planned GA is before the end of CYQ2. Native support means that Rosetta 2 is no longer required for emulation.

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Will customers need to take any action when we support macOS 11 or the Apple M1 hardware?
When we release GA support for macOS 11 we will move all EAP devices to recommended. Customers do not need to take any action. The same will be true when we GA native support for the Apple M1 hardware. All devices that were running using Rosetta 2 will automatically use the native implementation.

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Anti-Virus software is vital to help keep both University computers and your own personal computer secure. Sophos Anti-Virus software is the UW’s preferred choice for UW faculty, staff and students. The Sophos product suite includes stand-alone and managed anti-virus clients for all current (and many older) versions of Windows and Mac OS, and most of the popular UNIX and Linux distributions. It also provides apps for both Android and iOS based mobile devices.

Get Sophos

Sophos Anti-Virus protection is available to UW faculty, staff, students and departments. Which version of Sophos you download depends on the ownership of your computer. Choose the appropriate option:

UW-owned computers

The UW Sophos license allows UW students, faculty, and staff to download the UW’s Sophos software on University-owned computers, servers, and workstations. The software can be installed on unlimited UW-owned computers at no cost.
Get Sophos for UW-owned computers:

Note: Sophos Antivirus is now compatible with Mac OS 11 (Big Sur). You can now update your Mac OS to Big Sur to run on Sophos.

  • Download Sophos after agreeing to the terms and conditions.

Your personal computer or device

UW students, faculty, and staff can get Sophos Home Premium for free on their personal computers and devices. To get Sophos Home Premium, enter your UW email address on the page linked below. You will receive an email with a coupon code and a link to register for your license and download Sophos Home Premium. You can also download basic Sophos Home instead.
Get Sophos Home Premium for your personal computer or device:

Get basic Sophos Home instead:

Departmental IT

Sophos Central, a web-based Enterprise Console, is available to UW departmental IT and system administrators to install and manage Sophos Endpoint Protection suite on their departmental computers.
Get Sophos Central:

License Details

The UW Sophos license grants faculty and staff at UW the rights to use the software on UW owned computers, servers, and workstations.

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  • There is no charge for the software.
  • UW-IT administers this site license.

Sophos Home Premium (or “Sophos Home Commercial Use Edition”) is provided courtesy of Sophos to students, faculty, and staff. With an affiliated UW email address, users can get Sophos Home Premium at no cost for their personal computers and devices. This offer may end at any time and without warning. If that happens, please switch to the basic version of Sophos Home. UW employees or students interested in participating in this offer should go to Sophos Home Download Page, agree to the terms, and use their @uw.edu or @u.washington.edu email address to request a coupon code. Sophos will then send an email to that UW address with a coupon code and instructions on next steps. The UW email address is only required for receiving the coupon code–UW users are then welcome to use any email address they choose for registering their account with Sophos.

The Sophos Home Premium software listed below is for use on your personal computer and should not be installed on the UW-owned equipment. Once you have separated from the UW, you must remove the software from your computer.

Sophos Antivirus for home Windows and Macintosh computers provides the same level of protection as the UW licensed package does. The application can be installed on up to three computers. After free registration, you will get a web portal where you can monitor your devices and act on detected issues when needed. Sophos provides free Linux antivirus software. Sophos Antivirus for Linux

More information is available from Sophos:

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Documentation and support

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Need help?

Contact UW-IT at [email protected] or call 206-221-5000.

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