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
"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."
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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