Sophos

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SOPHOS
TypePrivate
IndustryComputer Security
Founded1985
Founder(s)Jan Hruska, Peter Lammer
HeadquartersAbingdon, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Burlington, Massachusetts, USA
Key peopleKris Hagerman (CEO)
Nick Bray (CFO)
Gerhard Eschelbeck (CTO)
Matt Fairbanks (CMO)
James Lyne (Director of Technology Strategy)
Employees1500+
Websitesophos.com
 
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SOPHOS
TypePrivate
IndustryComputer Security
Founded1985
Founder(s)Jan Hruska, Peter Lammer
HeadquartersAbingdon, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Burlington, Massachusetts, USA
Key peopleKris Hagerman (CEO)
Nick Bray (CFO)
Gerhard Eschelbeck (CTO)
Matt Fairbanks (CMO)
James Lyne (Director of Technology Strategy)
Employees1500+
Websitesophos.com

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.

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:

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