Sophos

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Sophos
Type Private
Industry Computer Security, antivirus, computer software
Founded 1985
Founder(s) Jan Hruska and Peter Lammer
Headquarters Abingdon, England (UK)
Key people Kris Hagerman (CEO)
Nick Bray (CFO)
Gerhard Eschelbeck (CTO)
Matt Fairbanks (CMO)
James Lyne (Director of Technology Strategy)
Ari Buchler
Ken Paul
Michael Valentine
Bill Lucchini
Dan Schiappa
Employees 2000+
Website sophos.com

Sophos is a developer and vendor of computer security software and hardware, providing communication endpoint, encryption, network security, email security and mobile 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 development and threat analysis centres.

Sophos has won several awards for its consumer-facing Naked Security blog.[1][2]

Sophos competes in the antivirus industry against Avira, F-Secure, Kasperski, McAfee, Panda Security and Symantec among others.

Company profile[edit]

Sophos is a privately owned British-American computer software and hardware company, founded by Jan Hruska and Peter Lammer,[3] and is co-headquartered in Abingdon, England and Burlington, Massachusetts (USA). The company has subsidiaries in: Australia, Austria, Canada, Dubai (UAE), France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. However, the software production and threat analysis centers (known as SophosLabs) are only in: Abingdon (England), Sydney (Australia), Budapest (Hungary), Linz (Austria) and Vancouver (Canada).

The company has grown to more than 2,000 employees and, today, it is the biggest European-based computer security software firm, with more than 100,000 customer businesses and 100 million customer users in more than 150 countries.

History[edit]

Sophos was founded by Jan Hruska and Peter Lammer and began producing its first antivirus and encryption products back in the 1980s.[4]

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

Late in the 1990s, Sophos has concentrated its efforts onto the development and sell of antivirus technology, and embarked on a program of international expansion. In the meanwhile, Sophos opened several subsidiary operations and moved to selling exclusively with channel partners.

Always late in the 1990s and beginning of 2000s, Sophos has added to its products range a series of data security and protection tools and (remote) device administration tools.

In 2006, Peter Gyenes and Steve Munford were named Chairman and CEO of Sophos respectively. Jan Hruska and Peter Lammer remain as members of the board of directors.[5]

In 2010, the majority interest of Sophos was sold to Apax.[6] Always in 2010, Nick Bray, formerly Group CFO at Micro Focus International, was named CFO of Sophos.[7]

In 2011, Utimaco Safeware AG were 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 they have suspend their relationship with the partner and launch a thorough investigation.[8][9]

In 2012, Sophos has acquired what remained of VirusBuster - an Hungarian antivirus firm - after the company was closed. All the developers and the malware analyst of VirusBuster joined Sophos in its new SophosLab in Budapest, Hungary, which became the largest and most important (subsidiary - i.e. excluding the one in the Abingdon headquarter) SophosLab.

In 2012, Kris Hagerman, formerly CEO at Corel Corporation, was named CEO of Sophos and joined the company's board. Former CEO Steve Munford became non-executive chairman of the board.[10]

In the 2000s, Sophos has also presented its range of Unified Threat Management (UTM) products.

In 2014, as part of a restructuring of SophosLabs, all threat operations frontline work have been relocated to the recently acquired Cyberoam Technologies in India. [11]

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 developed and sold security policy compliance and Network Access Control (NAC) software.

In July 2008, Sophos announced its intention to acquire Utimaco Safeware AG.[12]

In July 2009, Sophos completed integration of Utimaco Safeware AG.[13]

In May 2010, Sophos reached a definitive agreement to sell a majority interest in the company to Apax Partners, a global private equity group.[14]

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.[15]

In April 2012, Sophos acquired DIALOGS, a privately held provider of mobile management solutions, headquartered in Germany.[16]

In February 2014, Sophos announced that it has acquired Cyberoam Technologies, a leading global provider of network security products.[17]

Products[edit]

Network Protection[edit]

  • Sophos UTM: an hardware network firewall including web browsing protection, AntiSpam filter and antivirus protection.
    • Next-Generation Firewall
    • Web Application Firewall
    • Secure Web Gateway
    • Secure Email Gateway
  • Secure VPN
  • Secure Wi-Fi

Enduser Protection[edit]

Server Protection[edit]

  • Virtualization Security
  • Server Security
  • SharePoint Security
  • Network Storage Antivirus
  • PureMessage

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