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19 Mar 2007

Sophos experts host ISSA Security Day

UK chapter educated about latest malware and spam threats.

Fraser Howard, Vanja Svajcer, Graham Cluley and Mark Harris
Fraser Howard, Vanja Svajcer, Graham Cluley and Mark Harris (Clockwise from top left)

Sophos, a world leader in IT security and control, today announced that it will be hosting the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Security Day at its UK headquarters close to Oxford on Thursday 22 March.

Mark Harris, Graham Cluley and principal virus researchers Vanja Svajcer and Fraser Howard will be tackling the technical subjects of malware and spam at the UK chapter meeting.

Mark Harris, head of SophosLabs™, will be presenting an exclusive behind-the-scenes examination of how Sophos's global network of threat detection centers operate, whilst Cluley will be exploring 20 years of computer virus threats.

Vanja Svajcer will be showing delegates methods for analyzing malware without needing to be an expert in assembly language, and demonstrating some of the latest threats "live". Fraser Howard will discuss the issue of web security, with a special focus on malware and the techniques used to compromise websites.

The meeting is an invitation-only event for ISSA members, tailored to address the current and future malware challenges for IT security professionals, and also to present useful tips for strategic and best practice procedures.

The ISSA Security Day will include a guided tour of Sophos's high security laboratory facilities, where thousands of malware samples and spam campaigns are examined each week.

"Events like this are an essential element in helping share information between big business and security vendors about the latest malware threats," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "Sophos welcomes initiatives like this event to raise awareness of the latest security risks and to discuss the most effective ways of managing them."

About the ISSA

The ISSA is a not-for-profit international organisation of information security professionals and practitioners. It provides education forums, publications and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill and professional growth of its members. For more information visit their website at or


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