Founded by two Oxford PhD students, data security firm Sophos has been on the front lines of the fight against cyber baddies for more than 30 years, and now has over 100,000 business customers in more than 150 countries. Information Age caught up with CEO Kris Hagerman, who joined the company in 2012 as a Symantec veteran, to find out the company's next plan of attack.
As he explains, 2015 is set to be a 'perfect storm' for the security industry, as ballooning data volumes, ever increasing points of entry, and the maturity of the cyber crime industry converge.
In a crowded security market, it's hard for companies, especially larger enterprises, to pick out solutions that are easy to manage and deploy but are effective at scale. Hagerman believes Sophos has got that balance right, while continuing to drive a completely channel-based sales model.
The problem for many is that even the most industrial strength security still has to be implemented by human beings. Hagerman continues to aim at giving larger enterprises the edge that many smaller companies have.
It's time to stop underestimating the power of consumer tools- easy to use, consumer-modelled tools such as Google and Salesforce.com have taken the enterprise by storm, and Hagerman believes security is the next logical step.
Security needs to stop being a world apart from the rest of the business, and actually integrate into everyday processes.