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25 Mar 2013

Sophos Named to CRN’s 2013 5-Star Partner Program Guide

5-Star designation in annual guide identifies the IT channel’s most elite vendor partner programs

Sophos today announced it has once again been named to CRN’s 2013 Partner Program Guide and awarded a 5-Star Partner rating. The CRN Partner Program Guide is the definitive listing of manufacturers and software publishers that service solution providers or provide products to the IT Channel. The guide recognizes those vendors with channel programs that derive a portion of their sales through the indirect IT Channel. The 5-Star Partner Program rating recognizes an elite subset of Partner Program Guide vendors that give solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.

Sophos’ Partner Program now includes a new solution partner track and tri-level certification programs that have expanded the reach and number of Sophos partners, helping solution providers improve their skill sets. Sophos has also made significant investments in partner enablement and empowerment programs, including an enhanced partner portal, new global partner conferences and road shows, and increased marketing development funds and rebates for partners.

“Sophos is synonymous with great security, and our clients realize the value Sophos products add to any Managed Service offering—complete security from a trusted vendor,” said Shane Swanson, COO, ARRC and CharTec. “The Sophos Partner Program gives us cutting-edge solutions, coupled with great training programs. They took the time to understand our business model so we can adapt their product lines to best suit our clients’ and partners’ needs. Partnering with Sophos has been a major factor in our success in the security market.”

“The companies listed in CRN’s 2013 Partner Program Guide represent a comprehensive list of the best channel programs in the market today,” said Kelley Damore, senior vice president and editorial director for UBM Tech Channel’s CRN. “The 5-star award is reserved for vendors that understand that a successful partnership does not rely solely on the technology. By offering their partners tools, education and regular updates, vendors on this list go above and beyond traditional support to ensure a mutually beneficial partnership.”

“As a channel-first company, we are focused 100 percent on partners, which is why we constantly investing—significantly—in our channel,” said Emmanuelle Skala, vice president of channel and operations, Sophos. “We feel that we offer one of the most powerful partner programs across all industries, and one that enables partners to achieve unlimited success in the competitive IT security market.”

The 2013 Partner Program Guide will be featured on CRN.com and the 5-Star Partners listing will be highlighted in the March 2013 issue of CRN.

About UBM Tech Channel

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About Sophos

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing complete security solutions that are simple to deploy, manage, and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers.

Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.