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Sophos Positioned in the “Leaders” Quadrant of the 2010 Magic Quadrant for Mobile Data Protection

by david.nunes

Singapore. September 16, 2010 – 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, 2010*.

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 are frequently found on RFP shortlists. In 2010, the companies that execute strongly enough to differentiate themselves as Leaders are EPP vendors that all made MDP acquisitions.”

Capitalizing on technology acquired from encryption leader Utimaco, in April, Sophos announced the release of Sophos SafeGuard R Easy and Sophos SafeGuard R Enterprise 5.50 designed to address the broadest array of customer requirements, implementation options and long-term data protection plans. Also in October 2009, Sophos introduced fully integrated data loss prevention (DLP) capabilities into Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection 9.0, offering businesses greater visibility into, and control over, sensitive data – without requiring the deployment of any additional agents or incurring further licensing costs.

“We believe Gartner’s evaluation and placement of Sophos in the Leaders Quadrant further underscores the company’s consistent, strategic product focus and vision,” said Steve Munford, chief executive officer at Sophos. “With continued scrutiny from government and industry regulators, as well employees, customers and partners, businesses are not only legally obligated to protect sensitive information for the purposes of compliance, but also required do so in the most comprehensive, yet simple, cost-efficient and effective manner – Sophos addresses all of these needs.”

Additionally, the report observed that, “Mobile data protection (MDP) 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.” And Gartner stated that, “MDP is an attractive complement to the endpoint protection product (EPP) suites, which already encompass enterprise anti-virus (AV), anti-spyware, personal firewall and desktop host intrusion prevention system.”

* Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Mobile Data Protection” by John Girard, Eric Ouellet, September 7, 2010.

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