Sophos Named a 'Champion' in Info-Tech Research Group's Enterprise Anti-Malware Vendor Landscape

November 05, 2010 Sophos Press Release

BOSTON - November 5, 2010 - Global IT security and data protection solutions firm Sophos today announced that it has been named a 'Champion' in Info-Tech Research Group's Vendor Landscape report on 'Enterprise Anti-Malware' solutions. Notably, based on evaluation of its flagship solution, Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection, Sophos ranked highest among all vendors profiled within the report, including Symantec, McAfee, Trend, Kaspersky, Panda, ESET, and avast!.

Info-Tech Research Group's Vendor Landscapes recognize outstanding vendors in the technology marketplace. Assessing vendors by the strength of their offering and their strategy for the enterprise, Info-Tech Research Group Vendor Landscapes pay tribute to the contribution of exceptional vendors in a particular category. The Group defines 'Champions' as vendors who receive high scores for most evaluation criteria - features, usability, platform coverage, and support - and offer excellent value. They also have a strong market presence and are usually the trend setters for the industry.

In earning the 'Champion' designation, Sophos was praised for providing a combination of strong features, ease-of-use, and reliable performance. Additionally, the report concluded that of the eight endpoint anti-malware solutions analyzed, Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection "produces the most feature-filled anti-malware suite."

"Sophos's mission has long been to offer the most comprehensive endpoint suite that is simple to deploy, use and manage, and available at an extremely competitive price point that aligns with IT budgets," said Rainer Gawlick, Chief Marketing Officer at Sophos. "We are very pleased to be recognized as a 'Champion' by Info-Tech Research Group, as their research validates that Sophos is not only addressing enterprise market needs, but also delivering on our promise of offering tremendous value via the most complete, cost-effective endpoint protection solution ."

According to the report, Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection provides "all of the basic and advanced features organizations can expect from endpoint anti-malware." Basic features include anti-virus; anti-spyware; web filtering; email filtering; host firewall; and IM/P2P scanning, while advanced features include host intrusion prevention system (HIPS); data leakage prevention (DLP); endpoint encryption; application control; and network access control (NAC).

Sophos removes the complexity of using and managing malware protection, by providing a user-friendly interface that allows end users to navigate easily. The report cited Sophos's management console was "designed with ease-of-use in mind" as it reduces administrative burden by automating the removal of competing products and the deployment of Sophos protection. Further, the report noted that end users can navigate smoothly within the familiar "Window's-like" interface and that "the dashboards are presented using text and visual cues for easy glanceability, and configuration menus are also easy to navigate."

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