Sophos in Leader’s Quadrant in 2014 Unified Threat Management Magic Quadrant for 3rd Consecutive Year

August 20, 2014 Sophos Press Release

OXFORD, UK – August 20, 2014 – Sophos today announced it has once again been positioned in the “Leaders” quadrant of Gartner, Inc.’s August 7, 2014 "Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management." The quadrant is based on an assessment of a company’s ability to execute and completeness of vision. Sophos is the only IT security company to be positioned as a Leader across three critical security areas: Unified Threat Management (UTM), Mobile Data Protection and Endpoint Protection Platforms.

“We believe it is a privilege to receive recognition from Gartner. The momentum in our UTM business is truly exciting,” said Bryan Barney, General Manager, Network Security Group, Sophos. “Most notably, in the past year we’ve released our SG Series appliances, the fastest UTM devices we’ve ever produced and expanded the UTM protection we offer with our new cloud-based sandboxing, integrated mobile device management and really simple to use email encryption. Smaller businesses need effective security that is easy to use and that’s exactly what we provide. And it’s why we’re seeing more and more partners and customers switching to Sophos for their UTM and Next-Gen Firewall needs.”

In the most recent quarter of trading, April to June 2014, Sophos recorded a 27 percent increase in UTM sales, and a 33 percent increase in new customer business for UTM. This demonstrates the significant share gains the company is making; Sophos’ network security business now accounts for billings in excess of $150 million — with tremendous growth across North America, Asia Pacific and EMEA, among other regions. Additionally, the company’s “channel first” focus continues to deliver success with the signing of several new strategic channels to market such as the recently agreed distribution deal with Ingram Micro in North America. Sophos now has over 25,000 UTM channel partners worldwide, with the number of partners growing at over 20 percent a year. 

According to Gartner, “the Leaders quadrant contains vendors at the forefront of making and selling UTM products that are built for midsize-business requirements. The requirements necessary for leadership include a wide range of models to cover midsize-business use cases, support for multiple features, and a management and reporting capability that's designed for ease of use. Vendors in this quadrant lead the market in offering new safeguarding features, and in enabling customers to deploy them inexpensively without significantly affecting the end-user experience or increasing staffing burdens. These vendors also have a good track record of avoiding vulnerabilities in their security products. Common characteristics include reliability, consistent throughput, and products that are intuitive to manage and administer.”

For additional information on Sophos’ unified solutions, please visit www.sophos.com/firewall.

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