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03 Sep 2009

Sophos recognized as a leader in Mobile Data Protection by Gartner

Evaluation based on completeness of vision and ability to execute

BOSTON, Mass. - IT security and data protection firm Sophos today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders' Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Mobile Data Protection, 2009*.

Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Mobile Data Protection (MDP) is based on an assessment of a company's ability to execute and completeness of vision. According to Gartner, "Leaders have products that work well for Gartner clients in small and large deployments. They have long-term road maps that follow and/or influence Gartner's vision of the developing needs of buyers in the market. Leaders make their competitors' sales staffs nervous and force competitors' technical staffs to follow their lead. Their MDP products are well-known to clients, and they are frequently found on RFP shortlists."

"We believe Gartner's evaluation and placement of Sophos in the Leaders' Quadrant further underscores the company's strategic acquisition of Utimaco, and the impact our combined organization will have on this growing market," said Steve Munford, chief executive officer at Sophos. "Protecting sensitive data is top of mind among all businesses today, and our mission is to arm IT organizations with solutions that simplify how they address and manage this concern, and successfully comply with increasing regulatory compliance demands."

The report observed that, "Mobile data protection systems and procedures are needed to protect data privacy and to comply with audit requirements, and every company must include MDP in its IT operations plan. This Magic Quadrant is a snapshot of the overall market. The Leaders' Quadrant denotes vendors with a balance of strengths."

* Gartner Research "Magic Quadrant for Mobile Data Protection, 2009" by John Girard, Eric Ouellet. September 1, 2009.

About the Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted September 1, 2009 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders'" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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