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Gartner positions Sophos as a leader

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Gartner has once again named Sophos as a Leader in its 2016 Magic Quadrant report for Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPP), a position Sophos has held since 2007.

In the report, 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: “Most enterprise buyers are starting to look at EPP products that can address not only Windows, but a broad array of servers and clients. We evaluated a vendor’s ability to protect and manage a wide array of endpoints (such as Mac, iOS and Android devices), and to integrate those into the management console. Today, many large enterprise buyers are selecting a best-of-breed EMM [Enterprise Mobility Management] capability; however, within the next two years, we expect the EPP market to subsume this function (which is already happening at the SMB end of the market).”

In addition to being an EPP Leader, Sophos is also a Visionary in the June 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites.

“Today’s threats demand advanced technology like Sophos Next-Gen Endpoint Protection, which prevents, detects, remediates and investigates as one solution,” says Dan Schiappa, senior vice-president and GM of Sophos Enduser Security Group. “Our researchers at SophosLabs are seeing an increase in the sophistication of malware – polymorphism is becoming the norm and previously unknown malware is on the rise.

“These types of threats can only be detected by the integrated capabilities, such as exploit prevention, behavior analytics and pre-execution heuristics, that we have built into our products. We believe Gartner’s continued placement of Sophos in the Leaders quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms throughout the last nine years validates our strategy to constantly innovate endpoint protection by introducing industry-firsts, such as synchronized security with the Sophos Security Heartbeat.”

Sophos believes that its next-generation enduser, server and network protection technologies will further its leadership and continue to keep customers protected as threats evolve. “Sophos is one of a very few companies worldwide that have the breadth of solutions and the depth of expertise to truly advance the industry by protecting all platforms,” adds Schiappa.