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30 Dec 2002

Sophos named in Deloitte & Touche European Technology Fast 500

Fast 500

Sophos today announced that it has been recognised as one of the fastest growing companies in Europe by the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu European Technology Fast 500 competition. Sophos was recognised on its three year percentage revenue growth from 1999-2001, coming in at an impressive 141%.

"Because of the unprecedented economic challenges confronting the technology sector, those companies that have earned a position on the Deloitte 2002 European technology Fast 500 ranking have made a significant achievement. Because of their vision, leadership and innovation these established and emerging companies are positioned to be key forces behind Europe's economic growth in the years ahead," said Karel Bakkes, Deloitte partner in charge of the 2002 European Technology Fast 500 program.

Fast 500 selection and qualifications

The Fast 500 list is compiled from three sources: winners of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu's European Fast 50 programs, nominations submitted directly to the Fast 500, and public company database research. To qualify for the Fast 500 ranking, companies must have been involved in proprietary technology that contributed significantly to their operating revenues, manufactured a tech product or have been deeply involved in tech research and development. Also, the firm must have been in business at least three years, had 1999 revenue of at least 500,000 euros, and been headquartered in Europe or have shares listed on a European stock exchange.

More details on the European Fast 500 can be found at www.fast500europe.com.

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About Sophos

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing complete security solutions that are simple to deploy, manage, and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers.

Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.