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29 Nov 2006

SophosLabs global director in security podcast

Mark Harris
SophosLabs director Mark Harris talks about the evolution of malware.

Sophos, a world leader in IT security, today announced that Mark Harris, global director of SophosLabs™, appeared in an eWeek "Onsecurity" podcast with senior writer, Matt Hines. Harris talked about the evolution of the malware industry and why simple virus attacks are still troubling computer users.

Sophos currently protects against over 200,000 threats, and the amount of malware discovered by security experts continues to rise steadily. Rather than developing new, unique pieces of malware, the Sophos expert explains that cyber criminals often tweak existing malware in order to bypass less sophisticated security applications.

"People often think that you would have to be really smart to write malware, but this isn't the case at all, " said Mark Harris, global director of SophosLabs. "The vast majority of the threats we analyze today are variations of malware already in existence. Why do they recycle? Because they don't need to reinvent the wheel: there are enough insufficiently protected computers out there, and on those machines, this stuff works."

eWeek's OnSecurity podcasts provide interviews with top security experts and executives on security - from the most current news, products and strategies.

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.