company_name = Sophos
company_type = Private
company_slogan =
foundation = 1985
location = Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England
Burlington, Massachusetts, USA
key_people = Steve Munford, CEO
num_employees = 1200+
industry = computer security
products = Sophos Anti-Virus
Sophos PureMessage
Sophos Client Firewall
Sophos ES4000
Sophos Anti-Rootkit
Sophos WS1000
Sophos SMB Security Suite
Sophos Network Access Control

homepage = []

Sophos is a developer and vendor of security software and hardware, including anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and Network Access Control for desktops, servers, email systems and other network gateways.

SophosLabs is the company's global network of threat analysis centers.

Company profile

Founded in 1985 by Dr. Peter Lammer and Dr. Jan Hruska, Sophos is a privately-owned company and is co-headquartered in Abingdon, UK and Burlington, Massachusetts, USA. The company has subsidiaries and branch offices in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore and Spain. The company employs approximately 1,200 staff worldwide.

Unlike other security companies, Sophos does not produce anti-virus and anti-spam solutions for home users, but instead has always focused on the business market.

In 2006, Steve Munford was named CEO of Sophos, and Hruska and Lammer announced they would remain as co-founders and members of the board of directors. Munford was the president of ActiveState prior to its acquisition by Sophos in 2003, and from 2003 to 2005 was president of Sophos's North American operations. In 2005, he became chief operating officer, responsible for the day-to-day running of the company and its senior management team. Munford holds a Bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from Queen's University.

In 2007, Sophos acquired ENDFORCE, a company based in Ohio, USA which develops and sells security policy compliance and Network Access Control (NAC) software.

In 2008, Sophos announced its intent to acquire Utimaco Safeware AG. [ [ Sophos to launch €217 million offer for shares in Utimaco Safeware AG] ]

From September 2003 to February 2006, Sophos served as the parent company of ActiveState, a developer of programming tools for dynamic programming languages. In February 2006, ActiveState became an independent company when it was sold to Vancouver-based venture capitalist firm Pender Financial.

Sophos's anti-virus engine and identities are now packaged into Webroot Spy Sweeper with Anti-Virus.


SophosLabs specialists analysed the global spread of spam messages. As a part of the Sophos global spam monitoring network the company's spam filters, installed in different companies, were able to catch spam messages. Thus SophosLabs experts were able to discover that during the third quarter of 2007 the USA was at the top of the list among 12 spam-countries. The United States registered 28.4% of global spam. The second came South Korea, with 5.2% of global spam. [ [ Most Spam comes from the USA, says SophosLabs] ]


* Sophos Anti-Virus
* [ Sophos Mobile Security]
* [ Sophos Anti-Rootkit]
* [ Sophos Client Firewall]
* [ Sophos PureMessage for Windows/Exchange]
* [ Sophos PureMessage for Notes/Domino]
* [ Sophos PureMessage for UNIX]
* [ Sophos Email Appliances (ES1000 and ES4000)]
* [ Sophos SAV Interface]
* [ Sophos Web Appliance (WS1000)]
* [ Sophos Network Access Control]
* [ Sophos Small Business Solutions]


ee also

* ActiveState Komodo

External links

* [ Official website]

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