Sophos Anti-Virus brings home the gold in Information Security's 2004 "Products of the Year" awards

December 14, 2004 Sophos Press Release

Information Security's 2004 'Products of the Year' awards
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Security Managers name Sophos Anti-Virus the "Product of the Year" in Anti-virus/Anti-worm category based on technical know-how, expedient response and customer service.

Lynnfield, MA - Sophos, a global leader in anti-virus, anti-spam and policy-based network security, announces today that the editors of TechTarget's Information Security and TheInfoPro (TIP) have awarded Sophos Anti-Virus the gold award in the Anti-virus/Anti-worm category in the 2004 "Products of the Year" Awards, published in the December issue of Information Security and online here.

The article comments, "Sophos Anti-Virus isn't just winning the gold award, it's setting the standard for anti-virus excellence." Specifically, editors cited technical expertise, responsiveness and customer service as key elements, as well as Sophos's unique InterCheck technology and Remote Update features as features highly rated by business users. In addition, enterprise customers interviewed also made special reference to Sophos's anti-spam capability in its email server/gateway product PureMessage.

"Anti-virus technology continues to be one of the most critical security needs for an organization," said Chris Kraft, vice president of marketing at Sophos, Inc. "Our recent analysis of 2004 threats identified 10,724 new viruses in 2004 alone - an increase of 51% from 2003. Given the speed at which new threats develop, organizations need to ensure that their defenses are being constantly updated and revised with the most current techniques. We're proud to have been so recognized by those that matter most: our customers."

To select the winners, analysts from TheInfoPro interviewed 416 security managers working in 273 companies, evaluating a total of 1,239 products. The resulting gold, silver and bronze winners were selected based on composite scores using the following criteria:

  • Vendor's brand or reputation
  • Quality of product
  • Delivery of product as promised
  • Quality of technical support
  • Technical innovation
  • Strategic vision
  • Competitive positioning of product
  • Quality of the sales team
  • Interoperability
  • Ease of doing business with the vendor

"The true test of a product is how well it performs once the shrink-wrap is removed," said Larry Walsh, editor, Information Security. "For that reason, the Information Security 'Products of the Year' Awards rely on the evaluations of the infosecurity managers actually using these products in their organizations. Each of the products and companies represented by the winners of the 2004 'Products of the Year' Awards were rated as delivering superior performance, functionality, usability and customer service. The Information Security 2004 'Products of the Year Awards' honor products that are in place, working as advertised to protect enterprise network infrastructures, instead of collecting dust on a shelf."

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A monthly magazine distributed to a qualified, controlled circulation of 60,000 IT security professionals, TechTarget's Information Security is widely regarded as the single most authoritative source for in-depth coverage of security technologies, practices, and trends. The magazine's more than 100 advertisers include the leading vendors of security services and technologies, among them, IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, CA, RSA Security, Symantec and VeriSign.

About TheInfoPro

TheInfoPro (TIP) investigates key technology sectors in six-month intervals or "waves" by interviewing hundreds of IT decision makers, pre-screened for domain expertise, for an average of one hour each. Known as the "voice of the customer," thousands of IT professionals, technology providers and institutional investors rely on TIP research for robust data on vendor spending and ratings, technology adoption plans - overlaying the vendors poised to benefit - and rich narrative commentary. TIP studies the Information Security, Storage, Networking, and Server markets. Over 800 technology decision makers are members of the TIPNetwork, including IT decision makers from JPMorgan Chase, BellSouth, Honeywell, P&G and Visa. To learn more about TIP's independent, objective research process, where results are delivered without any analyst spin or bias, visit TheInfoPro website.