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Type Private
Industry Computer Security
Founded 1985
Founder(s) Jan Hruska, Peter Lammer
Headquarters Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Burlington, Massachusetts, USA
Key people Kris Hagerman (CEO)
Nick Bray (CFO)
Ari Buchler
Gerhard Eschelbeck (CTO)
Matt Fairbanks (CMO)
Guenter Junk
Ken Paul
Michael Valentine
Bill Lucchini
Mary Winfield
Dan Schiappa
Employees 1500+

Sophos is a developer and vendor of security software and hardware, providing endpoint, encryption, email, web, mobile and network security as well as Unified Threat Management products. Sophos is largely focused on providing security to organisations and businesses.

SophosLabs is the company's global network of threat analysis centres.

Sophos has won several awards for its consumer-facing Naked Security blog.

Sophos competes in the antivirus industry against Avira, BullGuard, F-Secure, Frisk, Kaspersky, McAfee, Panda Security, Symantec, Trend Micro among others.

Company profile[edit]

Sophos began producing its first antivirus and encryption products in 1985.

Sophos is a privately owned British-American company and is co-headquartered in England, UK and Burlington, Massachusetts, USA. The company has subsidiaries in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore and Spain. The company has grown to more than 1,700 employees working in dozens of countries around the world.

Acquisitions and partnerships[edit]

From September 2003 to February 2006, Sophos served as the parent company of ActiveState, a developer of programming tools for dynamic programming languages. In February 2006, ActiveState became an independent company when it was sold to Vancouver-based venture capitalist firm Pender Financial.

In 2007, Sophos acquired ENDFORCE, a company based in Ohio, USA which develops and sells security policy compliance and Network Access Control (NAC) software.

In July 2008, Sophos announced its intention to acquire Utimaco Safeware AG.[1]

In July 2009, Sophos completed integration of Utimaco Safeware AG.[2]

In May 2010, Sophos reached a definitive agreement to sell a majority interest in the company to Apax Partners, a global private equity group.[3]

In May 2011, Sophos announced it had entered into an agreement to acquire Astaro, a privately held provider of network security solutions, headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, USA and Karlsruhe, Germany.[4]

In April 2012, Sophos acquired DIALOGS, a privately held provider of mobile management solutions, headquartered in Germany.[5]

In February 2014, Sophos announced that it has acquired Cyberoam Technologies, a leading global provider of network security products.[6]

Company history[edit]

During the late 1980s and into the 1990s, Sophos primarily sold a range of security technologies in the UK including encryption tools available for most users, private or business.

Late in the 1990s, Sophos concentrated its efforts onto sales of anti-virus technology and embarked on an a program of international expansion. Sophos opened subsidiary operations and moved to selling with channel partners.

Here is a timeline of events that had happened to Sophos:


  • Steve Munford was named CEO of Sophos.
  • Co-founders Dr Hruska and Dr Lammer remain as members of the board of directors.
  • Peter Gyenes was named Sophos Chairman.[7]


  • Sophos approaches Edugeek with legal action due to the posts of one of its members. Sophos apologized for their actions and blamed a rogue employee.[8]


  • Sophos announces job cuts of around seven percent of their workforce in response to poorer than expected growth in the first half of 2010.[9]
  • Majority interest of Sophos is sold to Apax.[10]
  • Nick Bray, formerly Group CFO at Micro Focus International, is named Sophos CFO.[11]


  • Utimaco are accused of supplying data monitoring and tracking software to partners that have sold to governments such as Syria. Sophos issued a statement apologizing and confirming that partner Area terminated their project in Syria and that the project did not result in an operational system.[12]


  • Kris Hagerman, formerly CEO at Corel Corporation, was named Sophos CEO, joining the company’s board. Former CEO Steve Munford became non-executive chairman of the board.[13]
  • A software update caused user machines to identify the update software itself as malware.[14]

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