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Sophos Secures Top Place in IDC MarketScape 2024

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Summary

  • Sophos has been recognized as a Leader in the IDC MarketScape for Worldwide Modern Endpoint Security for Midsize Businesses in 2024, securing over 300,000 organizations globally.
  • Sophos is praised for its commitment to customer security posture, introducing an enhanced security advisory with an account health-checking feature.
  • Sophos Endpoint seamlessly integrates with other vendors’ products and Sophos offerings, forming the foundation for Sophos Extended Detection and Response (XDR) and Sophos Endpoint Detection and Response capabilities (EDR).

Sophos has today announced its status as a Leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Modern Endpoint Security for Midsize Businesses 2024 Vendor Assessment. This evaluation assesses the solutions and business strategies of 16 prominent modern endpoint security vendors.

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Sophos Endpoint, safeguarding over 300,000 organizations globally against advanced threats, boasts a number of anti-ransomware, anti-exploitation, behavioral analysis, and other cutting-edge technologies that proactively thwart threats. IDC’s report commends Sophos Endpoint for integrating an “expansive set of protection technologies” as standard features, including host-based firewall and IDS/IPS, device control, DLP, and encryption.

Notably, Sophos earns praise for its commitment to strengthening customer security posture, featuring an enhanced security advisory with an innovative account health-checking feature, designed to detect and remediate security configuration drift. The report highlights the addition of new capabilities such as adaptive attack protection, critical attack warning, and data protection and recovery, further fortifying Sophos’s ability to mitigate risks.

With a wide range of integrated capabilities spanning protection, detection, response, and recovery, Sophos Endpoint seamlessly integrates with other vendors’ products and Sophos offerings, including the widely used Sophos Managed Detection and Response (MDR). It serves as the foundation for Sophos Extended Detection and Response (XDR) and Sophos Endpoint Detection and Response capabilities (EDR).

Rob Harrison, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Sophos, emphasizes, “We’ve strategically engineered our products and services to work together, creating comprehensive, preventive, and highly actionable defenses. Our commitment to innovation is critical for consistent protection against aggressive cybercriminals.”

The IDC report underscores Sophos’s approach, with specific recognition for Sophos Intercept X as an industry-leading solution. Harrison adds, “Sophos Endpoint protections, specifically Sophos Intercept X, continue to be recognized as industry-leading, reflecting our innovative approach to developing defenses against the latest attacker tactics, techniques, and procedures.”

The introduction of adaptive attack protection in 2023 showcases Sophos’s ability to disrupt hands-on-keyboard attackers while minimizing disruption to legitimate operations. The IDC report notes that this feature, tuned to detect aggressive tactics, automatically elevates protection sensitivity to prevent damage, reverting to normal protections once the threat is neutralized.

The report also highlights the significance of Sophos’s critical attack warning, alerting security personnel when immediate responses are necessary. Responses, estate-wide if required, can be orchestrated through Sophos MDR, incident response (IR), or XDR. The IDC report stresses the urgency for organizations to be prepared for recovery in the face of the increasing prevalence of ransomware attacks.

Michael Suby, Research Vice President, Security & Trust at IDC, acknowledges Sophos’s prowess, stating, “With their professional and managed security services, expanded product set, and ability to integrate with existing security investments, it’s clear that Sophos understands the needs and challenges of a midsize business.”

Sophos’s portfolio solutions, managed in the cloud-native Sophos Central platform, are an integral part of the Sophos Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem. This ecosystem ensures that security data is collected, correlated, and enriched with additional context, enabling automatic and synchronized responses to active threats. The platform is further fortified by Sophos X-Ops threat intelligence, a cross-operational task force comprising more than 500 security experts within SophosLabs, Sophos SecOps, and SophosAI.

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