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30 Nov 2011

Statement from Sophos on Recent Media Reports

As Utimaco’s majority shareholder, Sophos is taking the matter in Syria extremely seriously. We are appalled by the reports on the situation in the country and are working very closely with our team at Utimaco. While the investigation into the matter is ongoing, we can report that Area has confirmed that they terminated their project in Syria and that the project did not result in an operational system.

We have always taken global trade compliance very seriously and ensure that we ourselves and our partners adhere to applicable export law. As strong advocates for human rights, when we learned about these allegations, we took direct action to suspend our relationship with the partner and launch a thorough investigation.

We rely on the expertise of the relevant government agencies to help us determine where we are comfortable having our products installed. In some cases, we choose to go beyond the current legal regulation and mandates, as in Syria today.

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.