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Gartner recognition for Sophos

Sophos : 07 May, 2009  (Company News)
Sophos gains leadership position in Gartner programme for its endpoint protection products
IT security and control firm Sophos has been positioned by Gartner in the Leaders' Quadrant in the Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, 2009.

Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms is based on an assessment of a company's ability to execute and completeness of vision. According to Gartner, 'Leaders demonstrate balanced progress and effort in all execution and vision categories. Their actions in advanced malware protection, data protection and/or management capabilities raise the competitive bar for all products in the market, and they can change the course of the industry.'

'Threats have become considerably more targeted and complex, IT budgets continue to tighten and IT teams are stretched to full capacity,' said Steve Munford, CEO at Sophos. 'As a result, businesses - regardless of size - are moving to feature-rich products that are also simple to manage.'

The report observes that, 'Standard anti-malware signatures engines are rapidly losing effectiveness against the surging volume of new threats and have very little value against targeted threats. Non signature based solutions such as HIPS and proficient operations procedures such as asset discovery, configuration management, vulnerability assessment, and software management, are needed as a means to help inoculate PC against unknown threats. Endpoint protection platform (EPP) vendors continue to improve data protection. Several added or improved full-disk and removable media encryption, content-aware data loss prevention (DLP), and device and port controls. Data protection strategies must include consideration of the role of EPP vendors in providing some or all of this technology.'

'With our latest addition of data protection capabilities to Sophos Endpoint Security and Control, we are helping businesses tackle both the external and internal threat without overburdening staff, systems or their top line,' added Munford.
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