Sophos is a leader in next-generation endpoint and network security. As the pioneer of synchronized security Sophos develops its innovative portfolio of endpoint, network, encryption, web, email and mobile security solutions to work better together. More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos solutions as the best protection against sophisticated threats and data loss. Sophos products are exclusively available through a global channel of more than 34,000 registered partners. We asked Matt Liptak in the Cranberry office to tell us more about Sophos:

  1. So give us the quick elevator pitch for Sophos.

Matt Liptak: Sophos evolves to meet every new challenge, protecting more than 400,000 organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyber threats. Powered by SophosLabs, our cloud-native and AI-enhanced solutions are able to adapt and evolve to secure endpoints and networks against never-before-seen cybercriminal tactics and techniques.

  1. Tell us about your business and home products. What sets them apart?

Matt Liptak: Our products allow you to secure every endpoint of your network, from laptops to virtual desktops and business servers, to web and email traffic and personal and business mobile devices. What’s more, securing these devices is made possible through products that fit your precise needs. We ensure your network’s security by providing the one thing no one else can: Simplicity.

  1. Can a business of any size benefit from your products? It looks like Sophos has solutions that can grow as a customer’s needs scleras and change?

Matt Liptak: Sophos offers both business and home products. As for business offerings, we create tailored packages to grow with a business as the business scales and changes.

  1. We’d love to know more about Sophos’ presence in Cranberry and are you hiring?

Matt Liptak: We have an office in Cranberry of about 47 people, for the most part software engineers/developers and we are hiring a good 2-3 software engineers a month in that location.

  1. What are some cybersecurity trends that Sophos is paying attention to?

Matt Liptak: Since we are an endpoint security product we follow trends such as automated active attacks; These involve human-directed compromise of internal networks, followed by the use of standard Windows network administration tools such as WMI and PowerShell to rapidly distribute malware throughout a large enterprise network all at once.

This method was used, for example, by the threat actors behind the SamSam ransomware, and later adopted by other threat actors involved in the distribution of ransomware targeting large networks, such as the criminals behind the MegaCortex ransomware. The Remote Desktop service and its client application have been essential Microsoft network management tools for years, but 2019 saw a significant leap in both “shotgun” and targeted attacks against this standard Windows component.

Another trend we’ve observed is the increasing pace at which people have been, serendipitously, stumbling upon large treasure-troves of valuable, private data that have been moved (legitimately, by the data’s rightful owners) into cloud computing instances and then inadequately secured from public access.