Sophos Appoints Former GoPro Executive Tony Young as Global CIO

Sophos Press Release

Oxford, UK. – August 15, 2016. Sophos (LSE:SOPH) a global leader in network and endpoint security today announced the appointment of Tony Young as its chief information officer (CIO). In this newly created role on the senior management team, Young will be responsible for the strategy, security and management of the global IT organization at Sophos.

Young joins Sophos from GoPro, where he served as chief information officer. Prior to GoPro, Young was senior vice president for Cloud and Subscription Sales at Informatica, where he was responsible for growing Informatica’s global cloud business. During his career at Informatica, Young also served as chief information officer and as the executive director of North Asia, based in China. Prior to joining Informatica in 2002, Young worked at Converge as the director of Exchange Applications and Mindcrossing as vice president of product development. Young began his career at Hewlett Packard (HP) as a software developer and held a number of information technology and marketing roles during his 11 years there.

“I am very pleased to welcome Tony to our senior management team,” commented Kris Hagerman, chief executive officer at Sophos. “These are exciting times at Sophos. Growth at Sophos continues to far outpace the overall IT security industry and we now serve over 220,000 organizations globally, across all types and sizes. Our strategy to “make security simple” and to deliver a single, cloud-enabled platform to integrate next-generation endpoint security and next-generation network security is differentiated and compelling. As we set our sights on the exciting path ahead, this is the right time for us to strengthen the leadership of our IT function and invest for future growth. Tony brings the global experience and strategic vision to ensure IT is not only an enabler for our business, but a differentiator.”

Young will be based in the Sophos office in Santa Clara, California and will report directly to chief executive officer, Kris Hagerman.

"I am honored to join the management team at Sophos,” commented Young. “Security is clearly one of the most dynamic and exciting areas in all of IT – and it’s certainly among the most mission critical.  Organizations of all sizes rely on Sophos to deliver enterprise-grade security solutions that at the same time are easy to use and manage.  That’s a value proposition that resonates with me as an IT leader. I look forward to leveraging my skill set and experience to help Sophos continue to grow and serve our customer base."

Young is considered a thought leader in IT, has written articles for several IT publications and has been recognized in industry awards. Young has appeared twice in the CIO Magazine “CIO 100” list, and in 2011 he was selected as a finalist in both the American Business Awards for Information Technology Executive of the Year and the Award for Innovation Leadership from MIT Sloan.

Young holds a bachelor's degree in Information Systems and a master's degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

Informazioni su Sophos

Sophos è leader mondiale nella cybersecurity next-gen e protegge più di 400.000 organizzazioni di tutte le dimensioni in oltre 150 paesi, difendendone i sistemi contro le minacce informatiche più avanzate. Le soluzioni Sophos sono realizzate per il cloud e ottimizzate con intelligenza artificiale. Si basano sulle tecnologie dei SophosLabs (il nostro team internazionale di esperti di data science e di intelligence sulle minacce) e proteggono endpoint (laptop, server e dispositivi mobili) e reti contro tecniche di attacco in continua evoluzione, che includono: ransomware, malware, exploit, esfiltrazione dei dati, tentativi di violazione per mezzo di active adversary, phishing e molto altro ancora. Sophos Central, una piattaforma di gestione nativa del cloud, integra l’intera gamma di prodotti Sophos di prossima generazione, inclusa la soluzione endpoint Intercept X e il firewall next-gen XG, in un unico sistema di “Synchronized Security”, accessibile per mezzo di un set di API. Da tempo Sophos si dedica a implementare una transizione verso la cybersecurity next-gen, sfruttando opzioni cloud avanzate, machine learning, API, automazione, risposta gestita alle minacce e molte altre funzionalità, al fine garantire una protezione di classe enterprise per le aziende di tutte le dimensioni. Sophos vende i propri prodotti e servizi utilizzando esclusivamente un canale globale di oltre 53.000 Partner e Managed Service Provider (MSP). Inoltre, Sophos mette le proprie tecnologie a disposizione dei consumatori tramite Sophos Home. L’azienda ha sede centrale a Oxford, nel Regno Unito. Ulteriori informazioni sono disponibile alla pagina www.sophos.it.