IT security and control firm Sophos today announced that it has
been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders' Quadrant in the
Magic Quadrant for
Endpoint Protection Platforms, 2009.
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 in advanced malware protection, data
protection and/or management capabilities raise the competitive bar
for all products in the market, and they can change the course of
the industry. A leading vendor isn't a default choice for every
buyer, and clients are warned not to assume that they should buy
only from vendors in the Leaders quadrant. Some clients, however,
may believe that leaders are spreading their efforts too thinly and
aren't pursuing clients' special needs."
"Threats have become considerably more targeted and complex, IT
budgets continue to tighten and IT teams are stretched to full
capacity," said Steve Munford, CEO
at Sophos. "As a result, businesses-regardless of size-are moving
to feature-rich products that are also simple to manage."
The report observes that, "Standard anti-malware signatures
engines are rapidly losing effectiveness against the surging volume
of new threats and have very little value against targeted threats.
Non signature based solutions such as HIPS and proficient
operations procedures such as asset discovery, configuration
management, vulnerability assessment, and software management, are
needed as a means to help inoculate PC against unknown threats.
Endpoint protection platform (EPP) vendors continue to improve data
protection. Several added or improved full-disk and removable media
encryption, content-aware data loss prevention (DLP), and device
and port controls. Data protection strategies must include
consideration of the role of EPP vendors in providing some or all
of this technology."
"With our latest addition of data protection capabilities to
Sophos Endpoint Security and Control, we are helping businesses
tackle both the external and internal threat without overburdening
staff, systems or their top line," added Munford.
* Gartner Research "Magic Quadrant for Endpoint
Protection Platforms, 2009" by Peter Firstbrook,Arabella Hallawell,
John Girard, and Neil MacDonald. May 4, 2009
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