Sophos Statement on Encryption

Encryption technologies protect trillions of transactions and exabytes of critical digital information every day, and have been in widespread use for the last 20 years. Encryption provides the foundation for trust and security in the digital and online services that improve the lives of billions of people all over the world. Sophos, a leading provider of encryption software, designs products to help enterprises of all sizes and types – including businesses, schools, universities, governments, hospitals and law enforcement agencies – protect and safeguard their valuable and sensitive data. Our ethos and development practices prohibit “backdoors” or any other means of compromising the strength of our products for any purpose, and we vigorously oppose any law that would compel Sophos (or any other technology supplier) to weaken the security of our products. We agree with the Information Technology Industry Council: “Weakening security with the aim of advancing security simply does not make sense.”