Top Gun 51 Profile: Stay a Step Ahead in Endpoint Security Software, Says Sophos’ Barlow
Scott Barlow is vice president, global MSP, at Sophos, a network and endpoint security software provider. Barlow oversees managed service provider (MSP) strategy, business direction and sales worldwide, with an emphasis on building revenue — and relationships with partners. Sophos sells exclusively through a global channel of more than 47,000 partners and MSPs.
Prior to his role at Sophos, Barlow was vice president of sales and marketing at Reflexion Networks Inc., which Sophos acquired in 2015. He is a CompTIA board member and attended Boston College.
Barlow talked about the importance of channel leadership, particularly in the complex market of endpoint security software. Barlow said that it’s critical for endpoint security software vendors to stay a step ahead of malicious actors. His commitment to raising the bar in security expertise, and in cultivating partner relationships, are key reasons he is a Top Gun 51 award winner. The program recognizes top channel executives who build and execute partner programs to drive partner, customer and supplier success.
Channel Futures: What attributes do you think next-gen channel leaders must have?
Scott Barlow: Next-generation channel leaders stay a step ahead. In security, this is critical so that vendors can thwart modern cybercriminals. Understanding the depth of protection and future-proofing the technology that your business signs up for is pivotal. Capabilities like deep learning and predictive security can help partners make decisions now that a company’s future self will thank them for. If a security vendor can’t tell you what they are doing next, you may have purchased obsolescence.
CF: Sophos has been a leader in the channel. Why?
SB: Sophos is the only endpoint security software vendor that affirms its loyalty to the channel community in its mission statement: to be the best in the world at delivering complete IT security to channel partners and the small, midmarket enterprises they serve; a testament to the company’s dedication to its channel-best approach.
Sophos arms partners with technical expertise and deep knowledge of the changing threat landscape and security trends, empowering them to deliver the critical security management services that customers demand.
|Our “Top Gun 51” is a list of today’s channel executives who deserve recognition for building and executing programs in a way that drives partner, customer and supplier success.|
CF: Why is Sophos different from its competition, and how can others learn from you?
SB: Sophos is the only vendor that offers a layered approach to security to defend against the constant barrage of diverse, ever-changing cyberattacks. Layered security involves network and endpoint protection that work together to stop threats. The Sophos 2020 Threat Report outlined an uptick in automated, active attacks; preventing bad actors from targeted, lateral movement within network can be difficult. We’ve designed products within our portfolio to work together and share threat intelligence to prevent targeted, manual cyberattacks or exploits from infiltrating compromised networks.
From a partner program perspective, Sophos’ channel-best strategy invests time and resources into growing its partner community through innovative initiatives. Paired with continuously evolving training, certification and financial incentives, Sophos helps partners unlock new revenue streams and support their customers.
CF: Can you sum up the channel ecosystem?
SB: Changing business models and buying dynamics have led to…