Why we think Sophos is a Magic Quadrant Visionary in enterprise mobility management

We’re honored to be recognized for the second year in a row as a Visionary in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites (EMM).* As one of just 12 vendors in this year’s Magic Quadrant, we think that says a lot about our understanding of the rapidly evolving mobility landscape.

Businesses of all sizes need an innovative mobile solution like Sophos Mobile Control (SMC) that keeps up with the rapid adoption of new devices and applications, and helps businesses protect their corporate data while empowering employees. This is what makes Sophos attractive to small and mid-sized enterprises – and has resulted in a 50% increase in SMC installations in the past year.

We believe we’re a Magic Quadrant Visionary for these five simple reasons:

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We just won Vendor of the Year for Enterprise Mobility Management

ict-champion-awards-150People are really starting to pay attention to the great things we’re doing in the mobile security space. It’s not just the analysts, trade press or independent testers – although they certainly have noticed. The channel is catching on too.

That’s why we’re so proud to be named Vendor of the Year in Enterprise Mobility Management at the Integrator ICT Champion Awards 2015 – because we were chosen in voting by the region’s SI (system integrator) channel.

We’ve received a lot of other awards recently for our enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution, Sophos Mobile Control, including a 5 Star rating from SC Magazine, and perfect ratings from AV-Test for our Android antivirus.

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How more joined-up security thinking could save billions in data breach costs

coordinated-security-150A new study from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has found that data breaches are costing UK businesses £34 billion a year. The report suggests this is made up of £18 billion in lost revenue and £16 billion in added security measures after breaches have occurred.

It’s the same the world over. According to a 2015 Ponemon Institute study commissioned by IBM, the global average cost of a data breach to an organization has reached $3.8 million – on average, $154 for every single compromised record. It’s significantly higher in the US and Germany, where the costs are $217 and $211 per compromised record, respectively. These are quite staggering figures.

Now, it’s not uncommon for companies who sell cybersecurity services like IBM and Sophos to talk big numbers like this. After all, clearly we think it’s good to see businesses are investing in doing something about this problem. But you do have to wonder if those billions are being spent effectively. As leaders in the security industry, we have a crucial role to play to ensure they are. We need to deal with the growing complexity of threats without introducing more complex solutions, and cost.

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How the University of San Carlos secures 2 campuses, 2,500 employees, and 27,000 students

university-san-carlosServing over 27,000 students and 2,500 faculty and employees, the University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu City, Philippines, is the premier university in Cebu and one of the top 10 leading universities in the country.

As USC continued to expand with more users and devices connected to the network, bandwidth consumption became an issue – resulting in decreasing security of its network, as many security features could not be turned on.

With a staff of just nine people, the USC IT team found itself overwhelmed by security incidents, including the hacking of the university’s website from time to time. USC needed a robust yet simple-to-manage and resource-friendly security solution to meet its requirements.

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Are you guilty of delinquent web filtering? Follow these 3 tips to secure the web

deadly-it-sin-web-filtering-150Web filtering used to be rather easy – IT departments could block inappropriate categories of websites like adult, gambling, and perhaps social media, and the job was done.

More recently, however, cybercriminals have begun to infect large numbers of users on the web by compromising legitimate sites that you probably don’t want to block with strict browsing policies.

In fact, SophosLabs detects 20,000 to 40,000 malicious URLs every day – and 80% of those are compromised legitimate websites. Web filtering that only blocks dodgy sites won’t keep users safe from web-borne threats.

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You might be surprised by how few businesses protect their Linux servers with antivirus

Linux security mythsRecently we asked a bunch of IT professionals if they install antivirus on their servers. Their answers were quite surprising.

Out of 486 IT professionals we surveyed, only 284 (58%) said they run antivirus on both Windows and Linux servers.

The rest said they either don’t bother with antivirus on Linux servers (34%), or don’t run antivirus on any servers at all (8%).

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How to keep your data from ending up in the wrong hands

unencrypted-files-sin-150It’s safe to say that no business wants to end up like Target, Sony or Anthem. Those companies suffered massive data breaches at considerable cost – from fines and legal fees, to loss of reputation, and fleeing customers.

Increasingly, businesses are recognizing that data loss prevention requires security on multiple levels, from protecting the data itself, to the devices where it is stored, and the people who access it.

Data encryption is essential for keeping your data secure as it moves from one place to another. Because encrypted information is only readable by people with the ability to decrypt it, data becomes useless if it’s lost or stolen.

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