Sophos Anti-Virus sales soar as quality software and support pay off globally

July 12, 2000 Sophos Press Release

New customers continue to abandon competitors in favour of Sophos

Sophos Anti-Virus, Europe's leading developer of corporate virus protection, has announced that its global business has grown by over 200% in the last year due to an unprecedented increase in sales in over 120 countries. Sophos's success results from remaining the only independent anti-virus software vendor that focuses on supplying high quality software and support 24 hours a day to corporate customers.

"Over 50% of our new business is coming from customers disturbed by the drop in the quality of support from competitors and the turmoil caused by recent mergers in the industry," said Mark Forrest, director of sales and marketing at Sophos Anti-Virus. "Our continued focus on high detection rates, ease-of-use, excellent quality assurance and world-leading customer service has clearly positioned us as Europe's leading corporate anti-virus vendor."

Over 65% of the top 100 companies in the FT500 listing use Sophos Anti-Virus, demonstrating the high level of trust that large corporations place in the company. Sophos customers include global banks, governmental departments, large corporations and major high street retailers.

"We use Sophos Anti-Virus because it's a good solution for the corporate network," said Steve Jones, information security manager at Marks and Spencer, one of the UK's leading high street retailers. "Data integrity is crucial to our retail operations and so we demand best of breed levels of protection, particularly against viruses. It's not just the superior software, but also the technical support that has constantly surpassed our expectations. We know we can always rely on Sophos."

To accommodate the company's huge growth, Sophos will recruit over 100 new staff in its technical, sales and marketing departments this financial year and will build an additional high-security research and development centre, totalling over 80,000 square feet in Abingdon, UK.