OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - May 13, 2014) - Sophos today announced the appointment of Bryan Barney as senior vice president and general manager of the Sophos Network Security Group, and Karl-Heinz Warum as regional vice president of sales for Germany, Northern and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. With these appointments, Sophos continues to build for long term growth as the channel-centric IT security provider of choice for small and mid-market customers and pragmatic enterprises of any size.

Bryan Barney will run the Network Security Group for Sophos, with full product responsibility for the UTM, advanced threat protection, wireless and next generation firewall solutions.

Barney joins Sophos after nearly 12 years at McAfee; he last served as executive vice president of product development for the past six years. In this role, he was responsible for worldwide research and development and oversaw nearly 2800 engineers, product managers and security researchers for $2B+ endpoint and network security product lines.

Barney said, "I am incredibly impressed with the Sophos team, and my values and passions align perfectly with where the company is headed. There is a tremendous need in the market for IT security solutions engineered with small and midmarket enterprises in mind. Sophos is ideally positioned to address this given the breadth of its technology set, the strength SophosLabs for threat research, and the channel-centric go-to-market approach. Using Sophos Cloud to combine enduser security, server security and network security into a single, simple and highly effective security solution is a winning strategy. I very much look forward to being part of it."

Karl-Heinz Warum becomes the Sophos sales leader for Germany and surrounding countries, and will be responsible for recruiting and enabling Sophos partners in the region. He joins Sophos from Dell where he served as director of channel sales for all products in Germany. Previously, he served in sales leadership positions for Central and Eastern Europe, including 12 years at Citrix.

Warum said, "I believe Sophos has a huge and growing opportunity to capture sizable market share. The 'mega trends' of cloud, mobility, virtualization and big data all represent growth opportunities for Sophos and our partners, and I'm thrilled to be part of the team that will bring security to this landscape. "

Kris Hagerman, Sophos CEO, said, "I'm delighted to welcome Bryan and Karl-Heinz to Sophos. We've made no secret of our intentions to double-down in network security, and Bryan brings the ideal skillset and leadership to drive our network business to heights. And in Karl-Heinz we add unsurpassed channel leadership one of our most strategic geographies. Our ability to attract such top talent speaks volumes about the opportunity ahead for Sophos."

About Sophos
More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos' complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos' award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs -- a global network of threat intelligence centers.

Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.

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