Oxfordshire Innovation Engine 2023 Case Study – Sophos

The next case study from our Oxfordshire Innovation Engine 2023 has now been released. In this case study, we have been looking at Cybersecurity company, Sophos.


Sophos is one of the best known cybersecurity companies in the world. International expansion had led to its opening offices throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as North and Latin America. Its HQ remains in Abingdon, reflecting both the company’s roots and where it believes it is still best placed to tap into the brightest talent.

Its two founders, Jan Hruska and Peter Lammer, met while studying at the University of Oxford in the 1980s. The pair launched an anti-virus business in a semi-detached house in Kidlington before launching what is now its global headquarters in Abingdon. It houses SophosLabs, one of a network of threat analysis centres which monitors online activity to understand new and emerging cybersecurity threats.

While the origins of the company lay in anti-virus, it is now fully-focussed on further developing advanced cybersecurity solutions which do not just detect existing forms of attack but can also respond to new threats. These include its Managed Detection and Response (MDR) and incident response services and a broad portfolio of endpoint, network, email, and cloud security technologies that help organisations defeat cyber-attacks.


You can find the full case study on the Innovation Engine page.

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