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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  • Visitors must pass through two security gates to get to this point. There is still a third security gate restricting access to the labs. 

  • The antivirus labs uses heuristic algorithms and signature detection to analyse rogue code. The different systems for analysis and testing of malware samples are physically separate, to avoid one system infecting the other.

  • Thirty researchers use the labs to analyse spam and malware, working with a further 20 analysts globally. Malware is collected from honeypots and sent in by customers. Major threats are flashed up on overhead monitors.

Topic: Security

Tom Espiner

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Tom is a technology reporter for He covers the security beat, writing about everything from hacking and cybercrime to threats and mitigation. He also focuses on open source and emerging technologies, all the while trying to cut through greenwash.

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