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Sophos appoints new CTO

Joe Levy moves over to Sophos from Blue Coat Systems

Levy: This is a great time to become part of the Sophos team
Levy: This is a great time to become part of the Sophos team

Sophos today announced that it had appointed Joe Levy as its new chief technology officer (CTO), and that he will be responsible for the company’s technology strategy worldwide.

Prior to joining Sophos, Levy was CTO for Blue Coat Systems, following the acquisition by Blue Coat of Solera Networks, of which Levy had been CTO since 2008. Before that, he was CTO of SonicWall, which was acquired by Dell, where he led research and development teams looking at next-generation firewalls, deep packet inspection, cryptography and secure remote access.

At Sophos, Levy’s remit is to enhance and simplify the vendor’s offerings, Sophos said in a statement.

“Sophos is focused on making comprehensive, enterprise-grade security simple,” said Kris Hagerman, CEO at Sophos.

“Joe shares our vision that the next generation of security solutions will require disruptive innovation both in capabilities and in usability. Throughout his career, Joe has demonstrated his ability to think differently and drive success, and we are very pleased to welcome him to our senior management team. His technical expertise and vision will be critical as we build new solutions to meet the growing demands of our customers.”

Earlier in his career, Levy spent six years with security-focused reseller OneNet, where he led product and service design and development, including managed services. Levy has participated in various industry certification and design consortiums, and he holds several security, networking, database and virtualisation patents.

He has also co-authored a book on the topic of wireless network security, covering many of the secure wireless solutions that he and his architectural teams designed.

“As a global leader in endpoint, network, and data security, and with a powerful cloud security platform, Sophos has all the technology needed to deliver the complete security solution that customers require,” Levy said. 

“This is a great time to become part of the Sophos team.”