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Public company
Traded as LSE: SOPH
Industry Computer security, antivirus, computer software
Founded 1985
Founder Jan Hruska and Peter Lammer
Headquarters Abingdon, England (UK)
Key people
Peter Gyenes (chairman)
Kris Hagerman (CEO)
Revenue $446.7 million (2015)[1]
$22.2 million (2015)[1]
$(60.0) million (2015)[1]
Number of employees
2,500 (2015)
Slogan "Security made simple."

Sophos Group plc is a London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


  • History 1
  • Acquisitions and partnerships 2
  • Products 3
    • Network protection 3.1
    • Enduser protection 3.2
    • Server protection 3.3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Sophos was founded by Jan Hruska and Peter Lammer and began producing its first antivirus and encryption products in the 1985.[2]

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

In the late 1990s, Sophos concentrated its efforts on the development and sale of antivirus technology, and embarked on a program of international expansion. Meanwhile, Sophos opened several subsidiary operations and moved to selling exclusively with channel partners.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Sophos added a series of data security and protection tools and remote device administration tools to its product range .

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.[3]

In 2010, the majority interest of Sophos was sold to Apax.[4] In 2010, Nick Bray, formerly Group CFO at Micro Focus International, was named CFO of Sophos.[5]

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 of apology and confirmed that they had suspended their relationship with the partners in question and launched a thorough investigation.[6][7]

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.[8]

In June 2015, Sophos announced plans to raise $100 million on the London Stock Exchange.[9]

Acquisitions and partnerships

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, US 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.[10]

In July 2009, Sophos completed integration of Utimaco Safeware AG.[11]

In May 2010, Sophos reached a definitive agreement to sell a majority interest in the company to Apax Partners, a global private equity group.[12]

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 (US) and Karlsruhe, Germany.[13]

In 2012, Sophos acquired what remained of VirusBuster – a Hungarian antivirus firm – after the company had closed.[14]

In April 2012, Sophos acquired DIALOGS, a privately held provider of mobile management solutions, headquartered in Germany.[15]

In February 2014, Sophos announced that it had acquired Cyberoam Technologies, a leading global provider of network security products.[16]

In October 2014, Sophos acquired Mojave Networks, a leading cloud based security startup.[17]


Network protection

  • Sophos UTM: a hardware (or software virtual appliance) 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

Server protection

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

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Prospectus" (PDF). Sophos. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Sophos: the early years". Naked Security.
  3. ^ "Sophos Management Team | Global Leaders in IT Security".
  4. ^ "Apax Partners to acquire majority interest in Sophos Plc". 
  5. ^ "Board of Directors". 
  6. ^ "The Bureau Investigates article". 
  7. ^ "Statement from Sophos on Recent Media Reports". 
  8. ^ "Sophos Board of Directors webpage". 
  9. ^ "Sophos Plans $100 Million London IPO". 
  10. ^ "Sophos to launch €217 million offer for shares in Utimaco Safeware AG".
  11. ^ "Sophos latest news". 
  12. ^ "Apax Partners to acquire majority interest in Sophos Plc". 
  13. ^ "Sophos acquires Astaro". 
  14. ^ "Sophos to boost partners' profits with utility billing". Channel Web. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Sophos acquires DIALOGS". 
  16. ^ "Sophos acquires Cyberoam Technologies". 
  17. ^ "Sophos' Cloud Offerings Expand w/ Acquisition of Mojave". 

External links

  • Official website
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