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Sam Ingalls
Last Updated October 13, 2021 9:12 am
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Sophos is a cybersecurity company specializing in network security and unified threat management through its detection and response, firewall, cloud, and managed service solutions.

With more than35 years of experience securing endpoints for businesses, the company evolved with advancing technology and threats to develop its comprehensive data security platform. Today, the British vendor boasts more than 500,000 organization clients in more than 150 countries with a suite of industry-recognized tools.

Sophos Products and Solutions

Sophos offers protection for home offices; however, this article focuses on its core business solutions, including a range of products for the modern hybrid infrastructure for small businesses to enterprise companies. All available on the Sophos Central Management Console, the vendor splits its offerings into five solution areas: endpoints, network, operations, email, and cloud. The vendor’s most popular solutions are:

Intercept X Endpoint

Consistently rated one of the top endpoint detection and response (EDR) solutions by Gartner and Forrester, Intercept X comes with extended detection and response (XDR), anti-ransomware, AI, threat hunting, synchronized security, and more capabilities.

The Intercept X Endpoint threat analysis center enhances visibility by mapping out threats. Provided by Sophos.
The Intercept X Endpoint threat analysis center enhances visibility by mapping out threats. Provided by Sophos.

XGS Firewall Series

The XGS Firewall Series offers next-generation firewall (NGFW) features that provide visibility and protection across an increasingly complex IT infrastructure. Available as an on-premises appliance, or as a cloud, virtual, or software system, Sophos Firewalls meet the latest threats with a scalable gateway architecture.

Managed Threat Response

For organizations looking to outsource endpoint security, the Managed Threat Response (MTR) solution offers managed detection and response (MDR), 24/7 threat hunting, access to cybersecurity experts, and actionable remediation. MTR comes with the most telemetry and high-fidelity detection.

Also read: Top Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) Vendors for 2021 | eSecurityPlanet

Sophos Competitors

Read more: Best Unified Threat Management Software 2021 | Enterprise Networking Planet

Comprehensive Network Security 

As antivirus solutions evolved into endpoint security, the British company has risen above other endpoint protection vendors with its suite of end-to-end security tools. Administrators can implement and control policies for servers, public cloud segments, email, web application firewalls, mobile and wireless devices, and encryption tools through the central management console.

Sophos’ network solutions come with AI-powered analytics for blocking exploits, advanced detection, and automated incident response to meet today’s sophisticated threats. With cross-product investigations and telemetry, administrators get the needed visibility to optimize system controls.

From the XG Firewall dashboard, administrators can access and configure system controls. Provided by Sophos.

Also read: Why Sophos is a Top Cybersecurity Company for 2021 | eSecurityPlanet

Accessing Cybersecurity Expertise

Evidence of Sophos’ cybersecurity expertise includes its top-ranked MDR solution, cognitive computing features, and threat intelligence offered by a global network of research centers, SophosLabs.

SophosLabs actively releases its findings to the public in addition to serving clients with real-time insights about malware, potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), suspicious behavior, and controlled applications and devices.

Read more: Why Sophos makes Channel Insider’s Best Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Services for 2021.

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Recognition and Reviews

Sophos has grown into a top cybersecurity company with several products and services garnering industry attention. This section looks at how the vendor fares in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, Forrester Wave, and Gartner Peer Insights.

Gartner Magic Quadrant and Peer Insights

  • Endpoint Protection Platforms: Leader – 2018, 2019, 2021
  • Network Firewalls: Niche Player – 2018; Visionary – 2019, 2020
  • Unified Threat Management: Leader – 2017, 2018

On Gartner Peer Insights, the cybersecurity vendor has almost 2,000 reviews across several product solutions. The company’s most reviewed solutions and scores include:

Solution CategoryRatingReviews
Endpoint Protection Platforms4.71164
Network Firewalls4.5409
Unified Endpoint Management4.492
Endpoint Detection & Response4.884
Managed Detection & Response4.820

Also read: Best Enterprise Mobility Management Solutions & Software 2021 | IT Business Edge

The Forrester Wave

  • Enterprise Security SaaS: Contender – 2021
  • Endpoint Security Suites: Leader – 2018, 2019
  • Unified Endpoint Management: Strong Performer – 2018, 2019
  • Enterprise Mobility Management: Contender – 2017

Sophos: Company Background

Sophos kicked off in 1985 as an early provider of antivirus and encryption software by two PhDs from the University of Oxford. Serving the United Kingdom through the 1990s with consistent growth, the cybersecurity vendor gained a global footprint by the end of the next decade. Today, the company has over 3,000 employees and almost 30 offices across two dozen countries.

Growth and Acquisitions

Thirty years after its inception in 1985, Sophos went public, taking the ticker SOPH on the London Stock Exchange. In March 2020, private equity firm Thoma Bravo acquired the firm at an enterprise valuation of $3.9 billion.

Since its founding, the cybersecurity vendor has made 16 acquisitions, including anti-spam software developer ActiveState in 2003, UTM provider Astaro in 2011, and DevSecOps automation platform Refactr in 2021.

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