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Gartner Positions Sophos as a Leader in Magic Quadrant Report for Endpoint Protection Platforms

OXFORD, U.K. – Feb. 11, 2016: Sophos (LSE: SOPH), a global leader in network and endpoint security, today announced that Gartner, Inc., has once again named Sophos as a Leader in its 2016 Magic Quadrant report for Endpoint Protection Platforms1 (EPP), a position Sophos has held since 2007.

In the report, Gartner identifies four primary stages in the security lifecycle: setting policy, prevention, detection and remediation, and evaluated EPP vendors based on whether the features their solutions offer address these four stages.

According to the report, “Most enterprise buyers are starting to look at EPP products that can address not only Windows, but a broad array of servers and clients. We evaluated a vendor’s ability to protect and manage a wide array of endpoints (such as Mac, iOS and Android devices), and to integrate those into the management console. Today, many large enterprise buyers are selecting a best-of-breed EMM [Enterprise Mobility Management] capability; however, within the next two years, we expect the EPP market to subsume this function (which is already happening at the SMB end of the market).” In addition to being an EPP Leader, Sophos is also a Visionary in the June 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites.

“Today’s threats demand advanced technology like Sophos Next-Gen Endpoint Protection, which prevents, detects, remediates and investigates as one solution,” said Dan Schiappa, senior vice president and general manager of Sophos Enduser Security Group. “Our researchers at SophosLabs are seeing an increase in the sophistication of malware – polymorphism is becoming the norm and previously unknown malware is on the rise.  These types of threats can only be detected by the integrated capabilities, such as exploit prevention, behavior analytics and pre-execution heuristics, that we have built into our products. We believe Gartner’s continued placement of Sophos in the Leaders quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms throughout the last nine years validates our strategy to constantly innovate endpoint protection by introducing industry-firsts, such as synchronized security with the Sophos Security Heartbeat.”

Sophos believes that its next-generation enduser, server and network protection technologies will further its leadership and continue to keep customers protected as threats evolve. “Sophos is one of a very few companies worldwide that have the breadth of solutions and the depth of expertise to truly advance the industry by protecting all platforms,” added Schiappa.

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1Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, Peter Firstbrook, Eric Ouellet, 1st February 2016.
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More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’ complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’ award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, U.K., and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol “SOPH.” More information is available at www.sophos.com.