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Sophos Positioned a Leader in the 2023 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms for the 14th Consecutive Time

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 Sophos, a global leader in innovating and delivering cybersecurity as a service, has announced that it is positioned as a Leader in the 2023 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPP), marking the 14th consecutive time the company has been a Leader in the report.

“We believe Gartner recognized Sophos again, due to our market-leading and flagship EPP solution, a Leader in this Magic Quadrant because we are consistently innovating our protection-first technologies to defeat current and changing cyberattacks,” said Raja Patel, chief product officer at Sophos. “Security vendors cannot stay static. There’s too much at stake. Adversaries will always look for the easiest and newest ways to avoid detection or take advantage of misconfigurations and other security gaps to reach their endgame. That’s why we always prioritize adaptive and preventative EPP defenses for our customers.”

Sophos Intercept X defends more than 300,000 organizations from ransomware, exploited software vulnerabilities and other modern cyberattacks, and leverages deep learning artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance protections. Intercept X includes the industry-first Adaptive Attack Protection, which automatically disrupts in-progress attacks and dynamically puts “shields up” to give defenders valuable additional time to respond to an intrusion. The Account Health Check capability also identifies security posture drift and misconfigurations, and provides the ability to remediate these issues with one click.

Sophos Intercept X with Extended Detection and Response (XDR) integrates telemetry sources from numerous technology and security providers, including Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, CrowdStrike, Palo Alto Networks, Cisco Systems, Fortinet, Check Point, Duo, Proofpoint, Darktrace, and many others, through the Sophos Marketplace. Enhanced security operations and analyst workflow and case management features collate redundant alerts, offer complete visibility from a single console and reduce workloads with automated responses.

Already this year, Sophos was named a Customers’ Choice in the Gartner® Peer Insights™ Voice of the Customer for Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPP) report. Sophos was the only vendor recognized as a Customer’s Choice across EPP, managed detection and response (MDR), network firewalls, and mobile threat defense. Like Intercept X, Sophos MDR is recognized and is the most reviewed MDR solution on Gartner Peer Insights and G2. As the most widely used MDR offering with more than 19,000 customers, Sophos MDR is the only MDR service that can be delivered across end users’ existing third-party security deployments as well as Sophos offerings.

Managed in the cloud-native Sophos Central platform, Sophos’ portfolio solutions are part of the Sophos Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem, where security data is collected, correlated and enriched with additional context to enable automatic and synchronized responses to active threats. This platform is further optimized by Sophos X-Ops’ real-time and historical threat intelligence and expertise.

Download a complimentary copy of the 2023 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms report.

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Sophos Named Customers’ Choice for Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPP) by Gartner

Sophos Achieved a 4.8/5.0 Rating for Both Categories and Rated as a Customers’ Choice for all Available Segments Within the Reports

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Sophos, a global leader of innovative security solutions for defeating cyberattacks, today announced it has been named Customers’ Choice in the Gartner Peer Insights Voice of the Customer for Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPP) and Network Firewalls reports.

This achievement includes 4.8/5.0 scoring ratings in both categories. Sophos is also rated a Customers’ Choice for all available segments within the two reports.

“Winning one Gartner Customers’ Choice is a great achievement, but winning two in crucial interrelated categories is incredible and a strong reflection of our relentless focus to deliver optimal security outcomes for our customers,” said Rob Harrison, senior vice president, Product Management – SecOps and Endpoint Security. “Endpoint protection that works seamlessly with network security is a winning formula to defend against today’s innovative and persistent adversaries who are consistently devising new techniques to carry out ransomware and other potentially business-ending cyberattacks. This synergy enhances threat detection, reduces response times, and simplifies management, ultimately fortifying organizations against complex cyber threats that require proactive prevention and automated interventions at multiple points on the attack chain.”

Sophos Intercept X customer quotes from the endpoint protection platforms report include:

  • “Sophos endpoint provides the most robust anti ransomware protection in the industry,” IT manager in the manufacturing industry.
     
  • “Sophos endpoint protection combines multiple prevention techniques to reduce the attack,” IT manager in the education industry.

  • “Intercept X provides us protection against various cyber threats using its combination of signature-based, behavioral and machine learning methods enduring protection against malware, ransomware and other malicious activities,” network and security engineer in the manufacturing industry.

  • “It’s a great experience to work with Sophos Intercept X due to its robustness and unparalleled capability against any exploits and ransomware. It is truly amazing that this product works seamlessly while handling any threats at the system end,” manager in the media industry.

Sophos Firewall customer quotes from the network firewall report include:

A complimentary copy of the Gartner Peer Insights Voice of the Customer: Endpoint Protection Platforms report is available here.

A complimentary copy of the Gartner Peer Insights Voice of the Customer: Network Firewalls report is available here.

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Ransomware Recovery Costs for Energy and Water Sectors Rise to $3m in 1 Year, Sophos Survey Finds

49% of Ransomware Attacks Against These 2 Critical Infrastructure Sectors Started with an Exploited Vulnerability

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Sophos, a global leader of innovative security solutions for defeating cyberattacks, today released a sector survey report, “The State of Ransomware in Critical Infrastructure 2024,” which revealed that the median recovery costs for two critical infrastructure sectors, Energy and Water, quadrupled to $3 million over the past year.

This is four times higher than the global cross-sector median. In addition, 49% of ransomware attacks against these two critical infrastructure sectors started with an exploited vulnerability.

Data for the State of Ransomware in Critical Infrastructure 2024 report comes from 275 respondents at energy, oil and gas, and utilities organizations, which fall under the Energy and Water sectors of CISA’s 16 defined critical infrastructure sectors.

The results for this sector survey report are part of a broader, vendor-agnostic survey of 5,000 cybersecurity/IT leaders conducted between January and February 2024 across 14 countries and 15 industry sectors.

“Criminals focus where they can cause the most pain and disruption so the public will demand quick resolutions, and they hope, ransom payments to restore services more quickly. This makes utilities prime targets for ransomware attacks. Because of the essential functions they provide, modern society demands they recover quickly and with minimal disruption,” said Chester Wisniewski, global Field CTO.

“Unfortunately, public utilities are not only attractive targets but vulnerable to attacks on many fronts, including the requirement for high availability and safety, as well as an engineering mindset focused on physical security. There’s a preponderance of older technologies configured to enable remote management without modern security controls like encryption and multifactor authentication. Like hospitals and schools these utilities are frequently operating with minimal staffing and without the IT staffing required to stay on top of patching, the latest security vulnerabilities and the monitoring required for early detection and response.”

On top of growing recovery costs, the median ransom payment for organizations in these two sectors jumped to more than $2.5 million in 2024—$500,0000 higher than the global cross-sector median.

The Energy and Water sectors also reported the second highest rate of ransomware attacks. Overall, 67% of the organizations in these sectors reported being hit by ransomware in 2024, in comparison to the global, cross-sector average of 59%.

Other findings from the report include:

  • The energy and water sectors reported increasingly longer recovery times. Only 20% of organizations hit by ransomware were able to recover within a week or less in 2024, compared to 41% in 2023 and 50% in 2022. Fifty-five percent took more than a month to recover, up from 36% in 2023. In comparison, across all sectors, only 35% of companies took more than a month to recover
  • These two critical infrastructure sectors reported the highest rate of backup compromise (79%) and the third highest rate of successful encryption (80%) when compared to the other industries surveyed

“This once again shows that paying ransom payments almost always works against our best interests. An increasing number (61%) paid the ransom as part of their recovery, yet the amount time it took to recover was extended. Not only do these high rates and amounts of ransoms encourage more attacks on the sector, but they are not achieving the claimed goal of shorter recovery times,” said Wisniewski.

“These utilities must recognize they are being targeted and take proactive action to monitor their exposure of remote access and network devices for vulnerabilities and ensure they have 24/7 monitoring and response capabilities to minimize outages and shorten recovery times. Incident response plans should be planned in advance, the same as for fires, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes, and be rehearsed on a regular schedule.”
Read the full State of Ransomware in Critical Infrastructure on Sophos.com.

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SHELT SI Achieves Cisco Select Partner Certification

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SHELT System Integration (SHELT SI) has announced its achievement of Cisco Select Partner certification in Nigeria, marking a significant milestone in its commitment to delivering top-tier networking and security solutions to businesses across the region.

This certification underscores SHELT SI’s dedication to excellence in providing innovative networking and security solutions tailored to meet the evolving needs of the market.

The Cisco Select Partner certification is a validation of SHELT SI’s technical expertise and commitment to customer satisfaction, as well as its ability to deliver cutting-edge networking and security solutions that drive business success. With this recognition, SHELT SI is affirming its ability to further enhance its offerings and support its clients in navigating the complexities of the digital landscape.

Cisco Nigeria General Manager Sebastine Nzeadibe comments: “We are delighted to welcome SHELT SI to the ranks of Cisco Select Partners in Nigeria. Their demonstrated commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction aligns perfectly with our values, and we look forward to collaborating closely together to empower businesses with transformative networking and security solutions.”

Youssef Abillama, CEO of SHELT, comments: “Achieving this certification strengthens our relationship with CISCO and is a testament to our team’s dedication and expertise in delivering best-in-class solutions. This milestone reinforces our commitment to empowering businesses in Nigeria with innovative technology solutions that will enable them to thrive in the digital age through cutting-edge technology solutions.”

SHELT’s Country General Manager, Walid Bou Abssi, added, “The Cisco Select certification empowers us to provide an increased level of support and further enhances our ability to address the requirements of our clients’ evolving needs in Nigeria. It is an acknowledgement of the ability of our pre-sales, sales, and client support teams to design, quote, deploy, and support Cisco solutions.”

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