Sophos Confirms Imminent Job Cuts

Tom Brewster is TechWeek Europe's Security Correspondent. He has also been named BT Information Security Journalist of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

Sophos says it is shedding some weight in order to get a little leaner

Sophos is in the process of telling workers they are being shown the door, as part of a restructuring of the business.

It wouldn’t tell TechWeekEurope how many workers were affected, claiming that its overall staff numbers would actually be up on a year-over-year basis.

Sophos’ explanation…

Fired Sacked - Shutterstock - © Lasse Kristensen“At Sophos, we constantly innovate to deliver our customers and partners complete security without complexity, and that means shifting our resources to the highest-growth and most strategic areas of our business,” a spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

“As a result, today we have announced plans to reduce our staff in certain areas of our business and increase it in others. While it is difficult to make any reductions in our team, we are confident these actions will help to drive our long-term success, and allow us to drive greater value for our customers and partners.”

A source told the Register 150 workers were set to be laid off.

Sophos isn’t the only security company showing its people the door, despite the industry getting plenty of business thanks to the unceasing growth in malware and cyber attacks in general.

Symantec, the biggest security vendor in the world, confirmed its own restructuring would result in fewer executives and middle management positions, and therefore a reduction in the workforce.

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