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Gartner Positions Sophos in the “Leaders” Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant

Sophos today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc., in the “Leaders” quadrant of Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms” for the eighth consecutive year.

Gartner identifies four primary stages in the security lifecycle: setting policy, prevention, detection and remediation, and evaluated EPP vendors based on whether the features their solutions offer address these four stages.

According to the report, “the rise of the targeted attack is shredding what is left of the anti-malware market’s stubborn commitment to reactive protection techniques. Improving the malware signature distribution system
or adapting behavior detection to account for the latest attack styles will not improve the effectiveness rates against targeted attacks… to be successful going forward, EPP solutions must be more proactive and focus on the entire security life cycle.”

Sophos believes the company’s Project Galileo product strategy of integrating innovative next generation enduser, server and network protection technologies will further its leadership in this market . The combination will enable complete, simple-to-manage security that works effectively as a system, in contrast to the complex, disjointed layers of protection so many businesses wrestle with today.

“We’re continuing to build on our reputation for producing effective, simple-to-use security solutions by introducing next-generation technology that protects customers even better,” said Dan Schiappa, SVP and GM of the Sophos Enduser Security Group. “We believe Gartner’s continued placement of Sophos in the Leaders quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms is validation of our innovative strategy and our ability to deliver on that strategy.”

Sophos continues to innovate on the endpoint and, more broadly, in protection of the entire end user, across devices and platforms. The company will soon be launching Next-Generation Enduser Protection aimed at defending customers from sophisticated threats such as Vawtrak, an effective and widespread botnet recently detailed by SophosLabs.

“Next-Generation Enduser Protection is where the industry needs to head,” adds Schiappa, “and Sophos is one of a very few companies worldwide that have the breadth of solutions and the depth of knowledge and expertise to be able to drive this massive and necessary evolution in our industry.”

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