Q&A: Sophos CEO On WannaCry Ransomware, New Products And Double-Digit Security Growth


What sort of impact have you seen on Intercept X from the recent WannaCry ransomware attacks?

Intercept X is really focused on anti-ransomware. As you can imagine, even before this whole WannaCry incident, that had become one of the fastest growing products in Sophos history. We launched it in September. We had over 8,000 customers – actually probably 9,000 now, with 8,000 at the end of March. It's all managed inside of Sophos Central, so it's very easy to deploy and very easy to manage, but has arguably the world's strongest protection against ransomware anywhere. It's actually proven to be 100 percent effective against the WannaCry incident. Literally every single customer that has had Intercept X was fully, proactively protected against it. You can imagine that over the last two or three days, our partners have been hearing from their customers around what can they do for them to ensure they are protected against ransomware. This is obviously a great opportunity.

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