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Vote now! Help Sophos choose the name for its new security news portal

Vote now! Help Sophos choose the name for its new security news portal

Wow! Since our plea earlier in the month, we have been swamped by suggestions for our soon-to-be launched security news portal (aka glorified blog), bringing the ramblings of Duck, Chet, our labbies and me into one place). We have had Read more…

Name Sophos's new blog, win an iPod Touch

Name Sophos's new blog, win an iPod Touch

It's competition time! We're all very excited here at Sophos Towers because next month we hope to roll out a whole new blog for you, our faithful readers. We'll be bringing together our star bloggers (Chet and Duck, and yours Read more…

Marco's big day out at Sophos

Marco's big day out at Sophos

Earlier this year, Sophos held a conference in a swanky Berlin hotel, bringing together most of its sales staff (and a couple of interlopers like me) from around the world for whatever it is that sales people do when they Read more…

Data security survey - we have a winner!

Data security survey - we have a winner!

At the end of June we ran a survey on the Clu-blog asking folks their opinions about data security. In order to tempt more folks into participating, a shiny new Apple iPad (32GB Wifi edition) was waved around as bait. Read more…

Help improve our website - take this survey

Help improve our website - take this survey

Patrick in our web team dropped me a note. He and his fellow web wizards are working on a whole new version of the Sophos website, and want your feedback to tell them if they're on the right lines or Read more…

The Sophos Potato Drop Challenge

The Sophos Potato Drop Challenge

On Friday we let our hair down at Sophos HQ, and held a "Potato Drop Challenge" to celebrate the release of the latest version (v9.5) of our security and control product. Teams had to drop a raw potato from high Read more…

Why I'm right to use the word 'hacker', and will carry on using it

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Uh-oh. I've really annoyed Swapnil Bhartiya. He's written a blog post at Katonda which, amongst other things, takes me to task for referring to cybercriminals as "hackers". Bhartiya's complaint is one that many in the IT field share - that Read more…

Sophos charters Boeing 737 to rescue staff stranded by volcano fall-out

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Many of you have been following the ongoing saga of the attempts by almost 600 Sophos staff to get home from a conference that we were holding in Berlin. Many of our sales and marketing staff have been stranded in Read more…

Hundreds of Sophos employees stranded in Berlin by volcano fall-out

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I'm writing to you from the bar of the Maritim Hotel in Berlin, where hundreds of Sophos staff are currently stranded because of the eruption of an Icelandic volcano. Airflights across North Europe are suspended because of the volcanic ash, Read more…

Klingon T-shirt: we have a winner!

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You may remember that last month I ran a survey, offering a (very rare) Klingon Anti-Virus T-Shirt as a prize. Well, I'm delighted to announce that the winner has now been drawn from hat, and congratulations are in order for... Read more…

Fame at last! I appear on BBC Newsround

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If you're like me, British and of a certain age, then chances are that you have a very special place in your heart for a BBC TV news show called "Newsround". Newsround, which has been on the air continuously since Read more…

Sophos Survey - win a Klingon Anti-Virus T-shirt

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If you ran a security suite on your computer, what technologies would you turn on and which would you leave switched off? Some of the folks at Sophos are intererested in discovering your opinion, and so we're running a very Read more…

SC Awards fail for Clu-blog, and no Rolf Harris either

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Last night I totally failed to win the title of Most Popular Security Blog at the SC Awards gala dinner, held in San Francisco. Congratulations to Gary Warner, who writes the "Cybercrime & Doing Time" blog for his well-deserved win Read more…

Vote for your favourite security blogger

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Those terribly nice folks at SC Magazine are running a number of online polls on their homepage in the run-up to their awards ceremony at the RSA Conference. The poll for the most popular security blogger caught my eye in Read more…

Dr Who and the Viagra Spammers of Doom

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I haven't exactly kept it a secret on this blog that I'm a huge fan of the British TV series "Doctor Who". There have been numerous gratuitous references to the show that I have loved since I was about three Read more…

Sophos Snowman 1.0 beta

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I'm visiting our Boston office at the moment, so missing out on all the fun back in the UK - where the country is under an unusually heavy blanket of snow. Up to 40cm (15.8in) of snow has fallen overnight Read more…

The five most popular Clu-blog posts of 2009

The five most popular blogs of 2009

(You may want to read the first half of this countdown first) The tension is building, the champagne is nicely chilled, and I've crowbarred myself into a tuxedo, because it's almost time to reveal the most popular postings I made Read more…

The top ten Clu-blogs of 2009

Top ten blog posts of 2009

2010 is looming large, which can only mean one thing - it's time to break my holiday sabbatical and compile my annual list of the most popular Clu-blog posts of the year. Yep, fill your glasses, put another log on Read more…

Putting my feet up...

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There is a rule at Sophos about taking holidays. Alongside the normal rules like "You can only carry five vacation days over into the next year" and "Don't spend your holiday working for McAfee" there is also a rule which Read more…

My encounters with the greatest Britons in IT history

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Christmas came early for me this weekend, when I heard that journalists Iain Thomson and Shaun Nicholls had compiled their list of "Top 10 Great Britons in IT history". It's a great read - celebrating the enormous achievements of the Read more…