Sophos Snags Webroot CTO, SVP to Lead Development Strategy

Sophos Snags Webroot CTO, SVP to Lead Development Strategy

Sophos, the global IT security and data protection company, has appointed Gerhard Eschelbeck chief technology officer (CTO) and senior vice president (SVP). Eschelbeck's primary function with Sophos will be to develop a technology roadmap for the company and give input on the next steps to take in terms of product development. Here's a little background on the newest member of the Sophos CXO team, who is widely considered an expert in the vulnerability and network security sectors.

Eschelbeck most recently held the same CTO and SVP positions with Webroot Software, an Internet security solutions provider. He has also held management positions with McAfee, Qualys and Network Associates and brings with him more than two decades of management experience in the technology industry.

Eschelbeck has done a lot of tech work outside of his management roles. He holds several patents, most notably one for co-inventing the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) -- an open framework commonly used by IT departments and security firms as a means for communicating the characteristics and impacts of IT vulnerabilities.

Sophos' recent acquisition of Astaro, a unified threat management provider, was a major reason why Eschelbeck decided to join Sophos. The acquisition, Eschelbeck said, helped make the Sophos solution the most complete security solution in the industry.

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