Sophos positioned in the Leaders' Quadrant for 2007 Endpoint Protection Platforms Magic Quadrant

January 03, 2008 Sophos Press Release

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IT security and control firm Sophos today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders' Quadrant in the 2007 Endpoint Protection Platforms Magic Quadrant* report.

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 raise the competitive bar for all products in the market, and they can change the course of the industry."

"We believe that the old order is changing as companies demand more from what used to be an anti-virus budget," said Steve Munford, CEO of Sophos. "Our advanced integration and reduced administration mean it takes less to do more, and that complex principles like Network Access Control are easily harnessed and made accessible to the mainstream market."

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, 2007

The report observes that "Point products for antivirus, antispyware, personal firewalls, and Host Based Intrusion Prevention (HIPS) are rapidly being replaced by suites with a centralized and extensible management framework. The management and reporting capability of EPP (Endpoint Protection Platforms) suites is a substantial differentiator especially in large enterprise. A modular architecture that allows selective configuration based on security requirements and device location is also critical."

* Gartner Research "Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, 2007" by P. Firstbrook, A. Hallawell, J. Girard and N. MacDonald. December 21, 2007.

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