Sophos Security Software

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Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux is free and compatible with most major 64-bit Linux distributions, including CentOS, Debian, Red Hat, SUSE and Ubuntu, but it isn't integrated into the PC and Mac software. Sophos is a big name in business and enterprise antivirus, endpoint protection, and security suite products, but you can get much of the same enterprise-level protection for your own devices, in.

Anti-Virus software is vital to help keep both University computers and your own personal computer secure. Sophos Anti-Virus software is the UW’s preferred choice for UW faculty, staff and students. The Sophos product suite includes stand-alone and managed anti-virus clients for all current (and many older) versions of Windows and Mac OS, and most of the popular UNIX and Linux distributions. It also provides apps for both Android and iOS based mobile devices.

Get Sophos

Sophos Anti-Virus protection is available to UW faculty, staff, students and departments. Which version of Sophos you download depends on the ownership of your computer. Choose the appropriate option:

UW-owned computers

The UW Sophos license allows UW students, faculty, and staff to download the UW’s Sophos software on University-owned computers, servers, and workstations. The software can be installed on unlimited UW-owned computers at no cost.
Get Sophos for UW-owned computers:

Note: Sophos Antivirus is now compatible with Mac OS 11 (Big Sur). You can now update your Mac OS to Big Sur to run on Sophos.

  • Download Sophos after agreeing to the terms and conditions.

Your personal computer or device

UW students, faculty, and staff can get Sophos Home Premium for free on their personal computers and devices. To get Sophos Home Premium, enter your UW email address on the page linked below. You will receive an email with a coupon code and a link to register for your license and download Sophos Home Premium. You can also download basic Sophos Home instead.
Get Sophos Home Premium for your personal computer or device:

Get basic Sophos Home instead:

Departmental IT

Sophos Central, a web-based Enterprise Console, is available to UW departmental IT and system administrators to install and manage Sophos Endpoint Protection suite on their departmental computers.
Get Sophos Central:

License Details

The UW Sophos license grants faculty and staff at UW the rights to use the software on UW owned computers, servers, and workstations.

  • There is no charge for the software.
  • UW-IT administers this site license.

Sophos Home Premium (or “Sophos Home Commercial Use Edition”) is provided courtesy of Sophos to students, faculty, and staff. With an affiliated UW email address, users can get Sophos Home Premium at no cost for their personal computers and devices. This offer may end at any time and without warning. If that happens, please switch to the basic version of Sophos Home. UW employees or students interested in participating in this offer should go to Sophos Home Download Page, agree to the terms, and use their @uw.edu or @u.washington.edu email address to request a coupon code. Sophos will then send an email to that UW address with a coupon code and instructions on next steps. The UW email address is only required for receiving the coupon code–UW users are then welcome to use any email address they choose for registering their account with Sophos.

The Sophos Home Premium software listed below is for use on your personal computer and should not be installed on the UW-owned equipment. Once you have separated from the UW, you must remove the software from your computer.

Sophos Antivirus for home Windows and Macintosh computers provides the same level of protection as the UW licensed package does. The application can be installed on up to three computers. After free registration, you will get a web portal where you can monitor your devices and act on detected issues when needed. Sophos provides free Linux antivirus software. Sophos Antivirus for Linux

More information is available from Sophos:

Documentation and support

Online documentation and support

Need help?

Contact UW-IT at [email protected] or call 206-221-5000.

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Sophos
TypePrivate
IndustryComputer software
Founded1985; 36 years ago
Founder
HeadquartersAbingdon, England
Key people
ProductsSecurity software
ServicesComputer security
Revenue$640.7 million (2018)[1]
US$46.9 million (2018)[1]
US$66.3 million (2018)[1]
OwnerThoma Bravo
Number of employees
3,319 (2018)[1]
Websitesophos.com

Sophos Group plc is a British security software and hardware company. Sophos develops products for communication endpoint, encryption, network security, email security, mobile security and unified threat management. Sophos is primarily focused on providing security software to 100- to 5,000-seat organizations. While not a primary focus, Sophos also protects home users, through free and paid antivirus solutions (Sophos Home/Home Premium) intended to demonstrate product functionality. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange until it was acquired by Thoma Bravo in February 2020.

History[edit]

Sophos was founded by Jan Hruska and Peter Lammer and began producing its first antivirus and encryption products in 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.[3]

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In 2003, Sophos acquired ActiveState, a North American software company that developed anti-spam software. At that time viruses were being spread primarily through email spam and this allowed Sophos to produce a combined anti-spam and antivirus solution.[4] 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] In 2010, Nick Bray, formerly Group CFO at Micro Focus International, was named CFO of Sophos.[7]

In 2011, Utimaco Safeware AG (acquired by Sophos in 2008–9) 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 an investigation.[8][9] 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 February 2014, Sophos announced that it had acquired Cyberoam Technologies, a provider of network security products.[11] In June 2015, Sophos announced plans to raise $US100 million on the London Stock Exchange.[12] Sophos was floated on the FTSE in September 2015.[13]

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On 14 October 2019 Sophos announced that Thoma Bravo, a US-based private equity firm, made an offer to acquire Sophos for US$7.40 per share, representing an enterprise value of approximately $3.9 billion. The board of directors of Sophos stated their intention to unanimously recommend the offer to the company's shareholders.[14] On 2 March 2020 Sophos announced the completion of the acquisition.[15]

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.[16] In 2007, Sophos acquired ENDFORCE, a company based in Ohio, United States, which developed and sold security policy compliance and Network Access Control (NAC) software.[17][18] In November 2016, Sophos acquired Barricade, a pioneering start-up with a powerful behavior-based analytics engine built on machine learning techniques,[19] to strengthen synchronized security capabilities and next-generation network and endpoint protection. In February 2017, Sophos acquired Invincea, a software company that provides malware threat detection, prevention, and pre-breach forensic intelligence.[20][21][22]

In March 2020, Thoma Bravo acquired Sophos for $3.9 billion.[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ abcd'Annual Report 2018'(PDF). Sophos. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  2. ^'Sophos: the early years'. Naked Security.
  3. ^'Exterminator Tools'. Windows IT Pro. 15 November 1999. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  4. ^'Sophos acquires anti-spam specialist ActiveState'. www.sophos.com. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  5. ^'Sophos Management Team Global Leaders in IT Security'. sophos.com.
  6. ^'Apax Partners to acquire majority stake in Sophos'.
  7. ^'Board of Directors'.
  8. ^'The Bureau Investigates article'. Archived from the original on 4 December 2011.
  9. ^'Statement from Sophos on Recent Media Reports'.
  10. ^'Sophos Board of Directors webpage'.
  11. ^'Sophos Acquires Cyberoam to Boost Layered Defense Portfolio'. Infosecurity Magazine.
  12. ^'Sophos Plans $100 Million London IPO'.
  13. ^'Sophos joins the UK's top public companies in the FTSE 250'.
  14. ^'Sophos founders exit before Thoma Bravo sale'. Global Capital. 5 December 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  15. ^'Sophos opens new chapter with take-private acquisition'.
  16. ^'ActiveState Acquired by Employees and Pender Financial Group; Company Renews Focus on Tools and Solutions for Dynamic Languages'. Business Wire. 22 February 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  17. ^'Sophos buys Endforce for network access control'. Network World. 11 January 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  18. ^Wauters, Robin. 'Sophos beefs up on online security, acquires Dutch security software firm SurfRight for $31.8 million'. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  19. ^https://www.sophos.com/en-us/press-office/press-releases/2016/11/sophos-acquires-security-analytics-start-up-in-ireland.aspx
  20. ^'Sophos Adds Advanced Machine Learning to Its Next-Generation Endpoint Protection Portfolio with Acquisition of Invincea'. Sophos. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  21. ^'Sophos grows anti-malware ensemble with Invincea'. Sophos. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 11 February 2017. One may ask, if you already have great next-generation technology, why do you need Invincea’s technology?...Think of Invincea as the superhero that takes our ensemble to the next level – the entity that adds neural network-based machine learning to the team.
  22. ^'Sophos to Acquire Invincea to Add Industry Leading Machine Learning to its Next Generation Endpoint Protection Portfolio'. Invincea. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  23. ^'Thoma Bravo completes $3.9B Sophos acquisition'. TechCrunch. Retrieved 7 April 2020.

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