Photos: Inside Sophos Labs

Photos: Inside Sophos Labs

Summary: Behind the gleaming glass of an Oxfordshire building lurks the UK headquarters of Sophos, the anti-malware company. Join ZDNet UK as we walk the corridors of The Pentagon...

TOPICS: Security

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  • The outside of the Sophos building, designed by company's two chief executives, near Oxford. It's called 'The Pentagon' because of its security features. The moat around the outside is to stop ram raiders, while the car park contains wedges that can be raised to prevent a vehicle from leaving in the event of a physical attack.

    For the full story on what goes on in The Pentagon, read our feature

  • The entrance hall leads to meeting rooms and the dining hall on the ground floor, which visitors do not need security clearance for. Visitors to the second and third floors (which include the antivirus labs) need clearance and must be accompanied by Sophos staff.

  • The secure area outside the antivirus labs. Devices with Internet access are barred from the labs, including Wi-Fi enabled laptops and 3G mobile phones. This is because they risk either infecting the closed networks within the labs, or being infected themselves by malicious code on the virus sample testing network.

Topic: Security

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