Sophos is a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for UTM – here’s 5 reasons why

gartner-magic-quadrant-150Gartner has named Sophos to its Leaders Quadrant in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management for the third year in a row. We think it’s a real privilege to receive recognition from Gartner.

The momentum in our UTM business is truly exciting. In the past year we’ve released our SG Series appliances, the fastest UTM devices we’ve ever produced. And our growth in the market is astonishing.

The Magic Quadrant is based on an assessment of a company’s ability to execute and completeness of vision. We believe we’re a Leader once again for these five simple reasons.

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On that mega ‘Russian hack’ – Keep calm, and do security right

keep-calm-and-do-security-rightThe news this week about a Russian cyber gang amassing 1.2 billion user credentials including emails and passwords has created a bit of a frenzy — in the media, in the security community, and among average users, all of whom are wondering what the heck really happened.

Sadly, the security firm behind the revelations, Hold Security, seems to be milking the publicity for financial gain by offering breach notification services to businesses starting at $120 per year.

Our security experts have been parsing the story, and have poked some holes in it.

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5 reasons to make your next firewall a Sophos firewall

sophos_5_reasons_to_switchWhen we surveyed IT professionals recently about how old their firewall is, 51% of them said three or more years.

If you’re one of them, you’re probably missing out on the latest functionality — from advanced threat protection, app control and branch office VPN, to mobile NAC, email and endpoint protection.

There are many reasons why you should consider Sophos for your next firewall — here are five of them.

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How to upgrade your network security with our free firewall

sophos-utmThe router and firewall is a critical piece of equipment in your network. It connects you to the outside world while also acting as your first line of defence against intruders. If your firewall gets compromised things get ugly – fast.

I want to share a little tip – did you know that we offer an amazing alternative to cheap consumer grade Internet routers?

The difference is, our software is enterprise class, fully maintained and free. Here’s how you can try our Sophos UTM Home Edition and our free Sophos UTM Essential Firewall for businesses.

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What the security industry can learn from a great World Cup defense

world-cupLast week, I joined millions of people in cheering on Costa Rica during their improbable World Cup quarterfinal match against the Netherlands. Remarkably, the Ticos held a superior Netherlands team scoreless through 120 minutes of regulation and extra time.

The key to their defense was a level of coordination I have not seen from other teams. Throughout the match, every player seemed to be involved in the defense at every moment. They moved like clockwork, communicating and shifting positions to keep the ball out of the goal.

Wouldn’t it be great if security technologies worked together as elegantly and effectively as Costa Rica’s defense?

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The next generation of the PlugX APT – new SophosLabs research

plug-xSophosLabs Threat Researcher Gabor Szappanos has been following the development of PlugX – a strain of advanced persistent threat (APT) that has been used in targeted attacks – over the past year.

“Szappi,” as he’s known around the labs, has dissected variants of PlugX in a series of technical papers explaining his research – and the new ways the cybercriminals have devised to conceal their malware.

In his latest paper, Szappi shows us how one variant of PlugX doesn’t do what the other versions do – dropping a separate file on the infected system – but rather stores itself in memory without using the disk.

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The Sophos World Cup ‘dream team': See which players made our roster

world-cupWhether you call it football or soccer, the FIFA World Cup is the ultimate sporting event. Thirty-two nations and the world’s top players, on the biggest stage, all vying for the chance to be called the world’s best.

To celebrate the World Cup, we picked some of the best players in the world and put them on our dream roster. And because we think many of the same qualities that make a great footballer also make great security products, we matched our top players with their counterparts from our product line-up.

Check out our roster — and let us know what you think. Who would you want on your team?

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