Brook Chelmo was in Melbourne for a couple of days to meet the company's partners in Australia. He also visited Sydney.
SonicWall started out as a private entity in 1991, but was acquired by Dell in 2012. In October 2016 it was bought by Francisco Partners and Elliott Management and taken private again.
Chelmo has been with the company for a year and a half and thus has had the chance to experience life at a big company and now at a much smaller one.
Though SonicWall has a manager for its AsiaPac operations, Chelmo said he travelled in the region because he was based in Japan for some part of the year. Additionally, he said, he had expertise in dealing with ransomware and other current security threats.
Chelmo did not have the names of local partners to hand but said he had met about 12 on his first day in Melbourne and talked about ransomware and sandboxing specifically.
Asked for his thoughts about the recent arrest of British security researcher Macrus Hutchins on allegations that he had written and distributed a banking trojan, Chelmo said there was always a doubt as to what kind of hat private researchers wore – black, grey or white.
Accordingly, SonicWall preferred to have its research on malware code done in-house rather than hire outsiders, he added.