Sophos positioned as Leader in Magic Quadrant for EPP

Johannesburg, 23 Feb 2016
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Sophos has announced it was once again named a Leader in Gartner's 2016 Magic Quadrant report for Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPP), a position the company has held since 2007.

In the report, Gartner identifies four primary stages in the security life cycle: 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 SME end of the market)."

Researchers at SophosLabs are seeing an increase in the sophistication of malware. Polymorphism is becoming the norm, for example, and previously unknown malware is on the rise. "These types of threats can only be detected by integrated capabilities, such as exploit prevention, behaviour analytics and pre-execution heuristics, features that Sophos has built into its products," says Brett Myroff, MD of Sophos distributor, NetXactics.

Sophos' continued placement in the Leaders quadrant for EPP throughout the last nine years validates its strategy to constantly innovate endpoint protection. The introduction of synchronised security with the Sophos Security Heartbeat is one such example, Myroff adds.

Sophos believes its next-generation end-user, 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," Myroff says.

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Established in 1998, NetXactics is a South African company that specialises in sales, marketing and distribution of IT and related products. Its approach is unique, focusing on long-term growth coupled with exceptional customer stability. NetXactics has attained a level 5 Generic BEE rating.

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