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04 Feb 2004

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to visit Sophos, leaders in protecting businesses against spam and viruses

The Queen

Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against viruses and spam, is honoured to announce that Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will visit the company's new offices on 20 February.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will visit Sophos's newly built £32 million global headquarters in Abingdon, close to Oxford and see the work done by the company's renowned experts who help businesses worldwide defend themselves from spam and computer virus attack.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will tour the premises, meet staff, and see experts working in high-security laboratories analysing the very latest computer viruses.

Following the tour, The Queen will officially declare the building open.

Sophos's Abingdon headquarters covers a total area of 145,000 sq ft, is three storeys high and is finished externally in glass, steel, aluminium and brick. The building can house 600 employees, and provides extensive visitor and training facilities for Sophos employees, partners and its customers. Other facilities include a roof garden and a south-facing staff restaurant which overlooks wild landscaping and a lake.

Sophos employs over 700 staff worldwide, and was declared Company of the Year at the CBI Growing Business Awards in 2001 and 2003. The Company was also awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise and The Queen's Award for Innovation in 2002.

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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.