active directory Group
Active Directory synchronisation is very limited, particularly in large environments. Proper Active Directory integration should include the ability to filter policies to specific Active Directory groups and even Active Directory sites (for update servers). Take the following example, based on my environment, here is the OU structure:
If we sync this with Sophos we lose the ability to give individual groups within each area different policies. So for example IT users in Agriculture need a different Device Control policy, so now we need an OU for that. Or if one of those areas is spread over multiple sites that have their own update servers we now need various OUs for each site.
Being able to apply a policy to an Active Directory security group solves these issues, the policy on the group should be applied AFTER the normal policies from that sophos folder.